Missouri Marriage License

If you're getting married in Missouri, you must first apply for a marriage license. It'll cost you $46.00 to $60.00, and you'll have to use it within 30 days.

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Where to go

Where can I get a marriage license?

Missouri marriage licenses are issued on the county level, at the Recorder of Deeds Office, by the Recorder of Deeds.

Where can I use it once I get it?

Your marriage license can be used throughout the state, regardless of which Recorder of Deeds Office you get it from.

Your license is only valid within the borders of Missouri. For instance, you can't get a marriage license from the neighboring state of Iowa, then use it here—and vice versa.

Costs

How much is a marriage license in Missouri?

A marriage license costs approximately $46.00 to 60.00 USD. The cost can vary between each Recorder of Deeds Office, as each county is allowed to set its own price.

I've changed my mind; can I get my money back?

Recorder of Deeds Offices will not issue refunds for unused marriage licenses.

Attendance

Must we both be present when applying?

Both parties to the marriage must appear together when applying for a marriage license.

Waiting periods

Is there a waiting period to get a marriage license?

There is no waiting period to get a Missouri marriage license. You'll get your license the same day you apply for it.

How soon can I get married after getting a license?

You can get married immediately after you receive your marriage license. There is no post-issuance waiting period to abide by before you can have your marriage ceremony.

Expiration dates

When will my marriage license expire?

Your Missouri marriage license will expire 30 days after it's been issued. If you don't get married before time runs out, you'll have to start over and apply for a brand new license.

I need more time; can I get an extension on my license?

Extensions are not provided for expired (or near expiring) marriage licenses. If your license completely expires you must reapply and repay the same $46.00-60.00 application fee, wherein you'll be given 30 more days.

Residency requirements

What are the rules for residents and non-residents?

Whether you're a resident or non-resident of Missouri, the rules are the same; you can apply for a marriage license anywhere in the state. You can then get married anywhere within the state.

Age requirements

How old must I be to get married?

You must be 18 years old (or above) to get married in Missouri without parental consent.

15 to 17 years old

You must obtain the consent of at least one parent or legal guardian. Even if one parent/guardian objects, you can still obtain a marriage license (over their objection) as long as the other provides consent.

Identification requirements

What forms of ID must I bring?

There are multiple types of identification to consider bringing when applying for a marriage license at your local Recorder of Deeds Office. They are as follows:

Provide one of the following:

  • Driver's License
    • Issued by any U.S. state or territory
  • State-issued Identification
  • Passport
    • Issued by any U.S. or foreign government body
  • Military Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Military Dependent Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Government-issued Identification Card
    • Issued by any U.S. state or territory
    • Issued by a valid government agency
  • Permanent Resident Card
    • Issued by USCIS
    • Also referred to as an Alien Registration Card, Green Card, and Permanent Visa

Provide the following:

  • Social Security Number
    • Issued by the SSA
    • You don't need to bring you card; just know your number
    • It's understood that non-U.S. citizens are unlikely to have a SSN

If unavailable, provide one of the following:

  • Affidavit of No Social Security Number
    • If you don't have a Social Security Number, you must sign an affidavit stating so
  • Social Security Administration Written Verification
    • Issued by the SSA
    • The SSA must provide written verification that you do not have a Social Security Number

15 to 17 years old

Provide the following:

  • Birth Certificate
    • Original or certified copy

Name Change

How do I go about changing my name due to marriage?

Undergoing a marriage-related name change in the state of Missouri (or any other state) involves notifying various government and non-government institutions. You'll typically start with updating your Social Security Card, driver's license, passport, and other federal/state/non-governmental institutions.

Keep in mind, your name does not automatically and legally change just because you get married or obtain a marriage license or marriage certificate; you must go through the steps of updating your identification documents, whether it's through an online name change service, or contacting the SSA, State Dept. and MO DOR directly.

Blood Tests

Am I required to get a blood test?

No, Missouri does not require you, nor your partner, to get a blood test as a condition for getting a marriage license.

Divorced

What if I've been previously divorced?

There are two sets of divorce requirements that may pertain to you:

Divorce rule 1

If you've been previously divorced, or have had an annulment or dissolution, there are extra bits of information that you must provide the Recorder of Deeds when applying.

In Missouri, it is unlawful for any person to get married until 40 days after the judgment of divorce is granted. If your divorce was finalized within the past 40 days, you must wait to apply for your marriage license until such time has passed.


Divorce rule 2

If you've been previously divorced, or have had an annulment or dissolution, there are extra bits of information that you must provide the Recorder of Deeds when applying.

For your last divorce, annulment, or dissolution, provide the following:

Things you must know

You must know the date your divorce, annulment, or dissolution took place.

What if I'm separated from my spouse, but not yet divorced?

Missouri law forbids a marriage license be granted to anyone who is currently married or separated from their spouse. You must have your divorce finalized, or marriage annulled, before getting married again.

Widowed

What if I'm currently a widow or widower?

If your previous marriage left you as a widow or widower, the Recorder of Deeds Office will need to solicit basic information regarding the death of your spouse.

Things you must know

You must be able to specify the date your spouse died.

Things you must bring

You don't need to bring any documentation to substantiate the death of your spouse. Simply providing rudimentary details regarding your spouse's death is sufficient when filling out your application.

Witnesses

Are witnesses required to attend my marriage ceremony?

Missouri statutes require at least two (2) witnesses be present at your marriage ceremony.

Whomever officiates your marriage must log the contact information (typically name and address) and signature of each witness.

Note: The officiant does not count as a valid witness.

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