Apply For A Missouri Marriage License

How do I get married in Missouri?

If you and your fiance are planning on getting married in Missouri, you must get a marriage license before your ceremony. Marriage licenses are issued by the County Recorder of Deeds. You can apply in any county for your license and it will be good throughout the state.

What are the requirements in Missouri for getting a marriage license?

Both you and your fiance must appear together and in person at the Recorder of Deeds in a Missouri county to file your application. On the application, you will be required to give some basic information, such as your full names, address, dates of birth, social security numbers, and information on any previous marriages either one of you may have had. You also must present ID that proves identity and age, such as a certified birth certificate, driver’s license, or passport. Some counties also require proof of your social security number such as the card issued by the Social Security Administration or a paystub with your number on it.

Is there an age requirement in Missouri?

Applicants must be 18 years old to get married without parental consent. If an applicant is under 18 but at least 15 years old, then they must be accompanied by a parent when they file the application. The parent must prove their age and identity with documentation such as a birth certificate or driver’s license. If the applicant is under 15 years old, then they must receive authorization from a Missouri court to get married.

Is there a marriage license fee in Missouri?

Yes, there is a license fee that you must pay when you file your application. While the cost of the license depends on what county you apply in, it is generally around $50.

How long is the marriage license good for?

In Missouri, once you file the application, there is a three day waiting period before you can pick up and use the license. After these three days, the license is valid for an additional 30 days. If you do not use the license within 30 days, it expires and you must reapply for a new license. The license must be returned to the Recorder of Deeds office that issued the license, whether or not it is used.  


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