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Marriage license requirements 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 you apply for the Missouri marriage license application.

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Obtaining a Marriage License in Kansas

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.

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:

No.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

The fee for a marriage license application in Kansas, MO is $50.00 and may be paid by cash, all credit cards except American Express or debit card at the time of the application. If the bride chooses to have her name changed after the wedding ceremony, a certified copy of the marriage license may be purchased for an additional $10.00. The certified copy is needed by the bride to present to agencies such as the Drivers License Bureau and Social Security Administration to effect a name change.

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.

    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.

    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.

    ValidLicense 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 county recorder of deeds department or recorder /clerk office 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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