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Marriage license Laws in the state of Missouri, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Missouri marriage laws before filling out the Missouri marriage license form.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document in your state that allows you to officially tie the knot under the law. The rules for acquiring your marriage license varies from state to state, so you should check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

You'll typically need to apply for your marriage license at least one month before your wedding ceremony. You'll traditionally need to send in your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents. You don't, however, want to apply for your marriage license too early. In some states, the licenses do expire, if you don't get married within a few months.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

And, believe it or not, just because you have your marriage license sent to you in the mail does not mean you are officially married. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your chaplain your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

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ID Requirement: Picture id such as Drivers License, and Social Security card.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Missouri.

Previous Marriages: Applicants must provide the date their last marriage ended and must wait at least 30 days after the divorce is final before applying for a marriage license.

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Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear together before the Recorder of Deeds of any Missouri county and apply for a marriage license. Once you have obtained your Missouri Marriage License, you can be married in any county in Missouri in the next 30 days. After 30 days, the license expires and you have to repeat the entire process again to get another one. Beware, at least one county in Missouri has their marraige licenses expire in only 15 days.

Waiting Period: None. Missouri has repealed the three-day (3) waiting period that Missouri previously required.

Fees: $50 plus a $1 fee for each parental consent. No Refunds - Cash Only.

Blood Tests: No tests

Under 18: A person under age 18 cannot marry without the consent of the custodial parent or guardian.

• A person under age 15 cannot marry without approval of a judge in the county where the marriage license is sought. The statute states that the judge should grant approval only upon a showing of "good cause" and that unusual conditions make the marriage "advisable." Persons lacking mental capacity to consent to marriage cannot marry without court approval.

Solemnization Authority: Within the 30-day period after the marriage license is issued, the marriage must be "solemnized" by one of the following:

• A clergyman or clergywoman, active or retired, who is in good standing with any church or synagogue in Missouri;

• A Circuit Court or Associate Circuit Court judge (who are prohibited by a Missouri Constitutional provision from receiving any compensation for the service);

• A religious society, institution or organization in Missouri of which either marriage party is a member, in accordance with the organization's regulations and customs.

Within 90 days after the marriage ceremony, the person solemnizing the marriage must complete the marriage certificate issued with the marriage license and return it to the office of the issuing Recorder. Lack of witnesses does not render a marriage invalid. However, two witnesses can submit an affidavit that the marriage ceremony took place if the certificate is lost or destroyed and the person who solemnized the marriage is unavailable.

Common Law Marriage: No. However, Missouri law does recognize the validity of common-law marriages entered into in Missouri before 1921, as well as common-law marriages contracted in other states which permit them.

Cousin Marriages: No.

Proxy Marriages: Yes.

Same Sex Marriages: No.

Officiants: Marriages may be performed by any clergyman who is a citizen of the United States and who is in good standing with any church or synagogue in this state. Ministers must keep a record of all marriages they perform. They must give the couple a marriage certificate and must complete the marriage license and return it to the recorder of deeds within 90 days after the marriage license was issued.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Missouri.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
930 Wildwood
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
(573) 751-6387

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

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.

To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

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Missouri County Clerk's Office

Adair County
Kirksville, MO
660.665.3890

Andrew County
Savannah, MO
816.324.4221

Atchison County
Rockport, MO
660.744.2707

Audrain County
Mexico, MO
573.473.5830

Barry County
Cassville, MO
417.847.2914

Barton County
Lamar, MO
417.682.2110

Bates County
Butler, MO
660.679.3611

Benton County
Warsaw, MO
660.438.5732

Bollinger County
Marble Hill, MO
573-238-2710

Boone County
Columbia, MO
573.886.4345

Buchanan County
St. Joseph, MO
816.271.1437

Butler County
Poplar Bluff, MO
573.686.8086

Caldwell County
Kingston, MO
816.586.2581

Callaway County
Fulton, MO
573.642.0730

Camden County
Camdenton, MO
573.346.4440

Cape Girardeau County
Jackson, MO
573.243.3547

Carrol County
Carrollton, MO
660.542.1466

Carter County
Van Buren, MO
573.323.4527

Cass County
Harrisonville, MO
816.380.1500

Cedar County
Stockton, MO
417.276.3514

Chariton County
Keytesville, MO
660.288.3273

Christian County
Ozark, MO
417.581.6360

Clark County
Kahoka, MO
660.727.3283

Clay County
Liberty, MO
816.792.7637

Clinton County
Plattsburg, MO
816.539.3713

Cole County
Jefferson City, MO
573.634.9106

Cooper County
Boonville, MO
660.882.2114

Crawford County
Steelville, MO
573.775.2376

Dade County
Greenfield, MO
417.637.2724

Dallas County
Buffalo, MO
417.345.2243

De Kalb County
Maysville, MO
816.449.5402

Dent County
Salem, MO
573.729.3931

Douglas County
Ava, MO
417.683.4714

Dunklin County
Kennett, MO
573.888.2796

Franklin County
Union, MO
314.583.6355

Gasconade County
Hermann, MO
573.486.5427

Gentry County
Albany, MO
660.726.3525

Greene County
Springfield, MO
417.868.4055

Grundy County
Trenton, MO
660.359.6305

Harrison County
Bethany, MO
660-425-6424

Henry County
Clinton, MO
660.885.6963

Hickory County
Hermitage, MO
417-745-6450

Holt County
Oregon, MO
660.446.3303

Howard County
Fayette, MO
660.248.2284

Howell County
West Plains, MO
417.256.2591

Iron County
Ironton, MO
573.546.2912

Jackson County
Independence, MO
816.881.3198

Jackson County
Kansas City, MO
816.881.3198

Jasper County
Carthage, MO
417.358.0416

Jefferson County
Hillsboro, MO
314.789.5478

Knox County
Edina, MO
660.397.2184

Laclede County
Lebanon, MO
417.532.5471

Lafayette County
Lexington, MO
660.259.4315

Lawrence County
Mt. Vernon, MO
417.466.2638

Lewis County
Monticello, MO
573.767.5205

Lincoln County
Troy, MO
314.528.4415

Linn County
Linneus, MO
660.895.5417

Livingston County
Chillicothe, MO
660.646.2293

Macon County
Macon, MO
660.385.2913

Madison County
Fredericktown, MO
573.783.2176

Maries County
Vienna, MO
573.422.3388

Marion County
Palmyra, MO
573.769.2549

McDonald County
Pineville, MO
417.223.4717

Mercer County
Princeton, MO
660.748.3425

Miller County
Tuscumbia, MO
573.369.2731

Mississippi County
Charleston, MO
573.649.2986

Moniteau County
California, MO
573.796.2071

Monroe County
Paris, MO
660.327.5204

Montgomery County
Montgomery City, MO
573.564.3341

Morgan County
Versailles, MO
573.378.5436

New Madrid
New Madrid, MO
573.748.2524

Newton County
Neosho, MO
417.451.8225

Nodaway County
Maryville, MO
660.582.5711

Oregon County
Alton, MO
417.778.7460

Osage County
Linn, MO
573.897.3114

Ozark County
Gainesville, MO
417.679.4232

Pemiscot County
Caruthersville, MO
573.333.2204

Perry County
Perryville, MO
573.547.1611

Pettis County
Sedalia, MO
660.826.1136

Phelps County
Rollo, MO
573.364.1891

Pike County
Bowling Green, MO
573.324.5567

Platte County
Platte City, MO
816.858.2232

Polk County
Bolivar, MO
417.326.4924

Pulaski County
Waynesville, MO
573.774.4755

Putnam County
Unionville, MO
660.947.2071

Ralls County
New London, MO
573.985.5631

Randolph County
Huntsville, MO
660.277.4718

Ray County
Richmond, MO
816.776.4500

Reynolds County
Centerville, MO
573.648.2494

Ripley County
Doniphan, MO
573.996.2818

Saline County
Marshall, MO
660.886.2677

Schuyler County
Lancaster, MO
660.457.3784

Scotland County
Memphis, MO
660.465.8605

Scott County
Benton, MO
573.545.3551

Shannon County
Eminence, MO
573.226.3315

Shelby County
Shelbyville, MO
573.633.2151

St Charles County
St Charles, MO
636.949.7505

St Clair County
Osceola, MO
417.646.2226

St Francois County
Famington, MO
573.756.2323

St Genevieve County
St Genevieve, MO
573.883.2706

St Louis County
Clayton, MO
314.889.2182

Stoddard County
Bloomfield, MO
573.568.3444

Stone County
Galena, MO
417.357.6362

Sullivan County
Milan, MO
660.265.3630

Taney County
Forsyth, MO
417.546.7234

Texas County
Houston, MO
417.967.3742

Vernon County
Nevada, MO
417.448.2520

Warren County
Warrenton, MO
636.456.9800

Washington County
Potosi, MO
573.438.4171

Webster County
Marshfield, MO
417.468.2173

Worth County
Grant City, MO
660.564.2219

Wright County
Hartville, MO
417.741.7121

To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

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