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Marriage License Requirements

Missouri Chapter 451. Marriage, Marriage Contracts, and Rights of Married Women

Marriage License Fee: 45 +

Marriage Law Requirements for Missouri:

  • To obtain a marriage license, both parties must apply in person before the Recorder or Deputy to make application.

  • Both Parties must be least 18 years of age to apply without parental consent.

  • Picture ID and Proof of age is required.

  • The fee for a Missouri marriage license varies by county and is required at the time of application.

  • There is no waiting period or blood test required in Missouri to get married.

  • Same day application and marriage license issuance.

  • The Missouri marriage license is valid for 30 days

Be sure to contact your local County Recorder’s office well in advance of the wedding to find out on what days and during what hours the clerk will be in the office.

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Marriage Law Requirements for Missouri Marriage Licenses:

Adair Andrew
Atchison Audrain
Barry Barton
Bates Benton
Bollinger Boone
Buchanan Butler
Caldwell Callaway
Camden Cape Girardeau
Carroll Carter
Cass Cedar
Chariton Christian
Clark Clay
Clinton Cole
Cooper Crawford
Dade Dallas
Daviess DeKalb
Dent Douglas
Dunklin Franklin
Gasconade Gentry
Greene Grundy
Harrison Henry
Hickory Holt
Howard Howell
Iron Jackson
Jasper Jefferson
Johnson Knox
Laclede Lafayette
Lawrence Lewis
Lincoln Linn
Macon Madison
Maries Marion
McDonald Mercer
Miller Mississippi
Moniteau Monroe
Montgomery Morgan
New Madrid Newton
Nodaway Oregon
Osage Ozark
Pemiscot Perry
Pettis Phelps
Pike Platte
Polk Pulaski
Putnam Ralls
Randolph Ray
Reynolds Ripley
St. Charles St. Clair
St. Francois St. Louis (CO)
St. Louis (C) Ste. Genevieve
Saline Schuyler
Scotland Scott
Shannon Shelby
Stoddard Stone
Sullivan Taney
Texas Vernon
Warren Washington
Wayne Webster
Worth Wright

Marriage Application Requirement Missouri: Get Copy Of Birth Certificate

To complete the application for a marriage license, a couple must:

  • Both must appear in person before the Recorder or Deputy.

This provision is waived for certain applicants who qualify under state and federal statutes (incarcerated, military duty assigned outside the state of Missouri or disabled under ADA). Please call ahead for instructions.

  • Valid identification containing date of birth.

  • A Social Security number will be required. If you do not have one, you must sign a form stating you have no Social Security number.

  • Applicants are responsible for delivering the license to the person who solemnizes their marriage.

  • The Officiate must complete the license, have two witnesses sign it (18 yrs of age or older), and return it to the County Recorder’s office within fifteen days from the ceremony.

  • The license is then recorded, scanned for preservation and remains on file permanently in the County Recorder’s office.

It is important that you verify all information with your local County County Recorder’s office before making a trip to purchase your marriage license.

Marriage ID Requirement Missouri: Get Copy Of Birth Certificate

Identification and proof of age is required of ALL persons.

  • Certified copy of United States Birth Certificate

  • Valid driver’s license (United States)

  • Military I.D.

  • State I.D.

  • United States passport with visa or U.S. entry stamp

  • Valid passport

  • Green Card

Foreign applicants must present their valid government issued ID along with a certified English translation of all non-English identification used. If a translator is needed, arrangements for an appointment with your local County Recorder’s office must be made well in advance.

Marriage Residency Requirement Missouri:

No. Missouri does not have a residency requirement for marriage licenses.

Marriage Waiting Period Missouri:

No. Missouri marriage license is effective immediately upon issuance.

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Previously married applicants must give the date their last marriage ended. Divorced individuals may not apply until their divorce has been final for a minimum of 30 days.

Marriage License Fee Missouri:

The fee for a marriage license is $45 + in Missouri. Preferred method of payment is cash. For guidance on additional methods of payment, please call ahead.

Marriage Blood Test Missouri:

No Blood Test.

Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.

Marriage Age Requirements Missouri: Get Copy Of Birth Certificate

  • Missouri minimum age to get married is 16 and anyone under 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian.

  • Missouri will not issue marriage licenses if one party is under 18 and the other is 21 or older.

Identification is required of all parties. Each marriage applicant must also show their Social Security number. The following documents will be accepted:

  • Age 16
    • Birth certificate (legal, certified)

    • Social Security card

    • Valid government issued photo ID

    • Custodial parent to give consent

  • Age 18
    • Birth certificate (legal, certified)

    • Social Security card

    • Valid government issued photo ID

  • Age 19 and over
    • Valid government issued photo ID

    • Social Security card (If the Social Security number is not on the ID presented)

  • Consenting parents
    • Valid government issued photo ID

    • If divorced, court papers to prove custody

Proxy Marriages Missouri:


Cousin Marriages Missouri:

No. Blood relatives, down to and including first cousins, may not marry under the laws of the State of Missouri.

Common Law Marriages Missouri:


Solemnize Marriages Missouri:

Marriages may be solemnized by any clergyman, either active or retired, who is in good standing with any church or synagogue in this state. Marriages may also be solemnized, without compensation, by any judge, including a municipal judge. Marriages may also be solemnized by a religious society, religious institution, or religious organization of this state, according to the regulations and customs of the society, institution or organization, when either party to the marriage to be solemnized is a member of such society, institution or organization.

Marriage Witness Missouri:

Missouri does not require witnesses.

Expiration Date of Marriage License Missouri:

  • The marriage license is valid for only 30 days from the date of issuance and may be used anywhere within the State of Missouri.

  • A Missouri marriage license must be used for a ceremony within 30 days after pick-up.

  • If a marriage ceremony does not occur, the license shall be void after thirty days from the date of issuance.

  • A Missouri marriage license is not valid for use outside of the State of Missouri.

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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
930 Wildwood
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Ph: 573.751.6387

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Additional information can be found on the website.

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