How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Missouri?
Imagine being married to the famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri as your backdrop. Missouri is in the heartland of the south boasting of grassy plains, rich forests, jazz clubs, museums and art history.
Rules and Regulations
If you plan on walking down the aisle in Missouri, you will first need to be aware of their rules and regulations for getting married.
- You must be at least 18 years old to be married in Missouri.
- If you are younger than 18, you will need parental consent to be married.
- If you are 15 or younger and want to be married, you will need a court order and parental consent.
- You do not need to reside in Missouri to be married there.
- You must not already be married to anyone else.
- You must not be related by blood in any way.
- There is no blood test necessary.
- Two witnesses will have to be present and sign the marriage license at your wedding.
- Cousin marriage is not legal.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
Both parties must apply in person, together at the County Recorder of Deeds office. You will need to bring the following paperwork with you at the time of application:
- A current, valid ID with birth date on it such as a birth certificate, driver’s license, military ID, state ID, passport, or green card.
- A social security number for both parties.
- Date of any previous marriage and dissolution (date of divorce or death).
- A fee of $45, payable in cash only.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period for getting married in Missouri. You may be married the same day you obtain your marriage license. The marriage license is only good for 30days so plan to be married quickly, or it will expire, and you will need to re-apply.
Who Can Officiate
Your wedding may be performed by any clergyman who is in good standing with the state, a judge, or religious society or institution.
The person performing the marriage ceremony must sign and return the marriage license to the Recorder of Deeds office, where it was purchased, no later than 15 days after the wedding.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.
You may obtain a copy of your marriage certificate at the Bureau of Vital Records in Jefferson City or locally at your Recorder of Deeds office.