How to obtain a Marriage License in Missouri

by | May 31, 2023 | KCMO, small weddings, receptions, weddings venue near me, Wedding Receptions | 0 comments


This is a very common question on how to obtain your marriage license for the big day.   We’ll break it down for you to make it easy:

First, you are not required to be a Missouri resident.  Both parties must appear in person before the Recorder of Deeds or a Deputy Recorder and present  a valid identification with date of birth, along with a Social Security Card.

  • You can go to any County’s Recorder of Deeds in Missouri for your marriage license. – List of each County’s Recorder of Deeds.
  • Fees for a marriage license and copies may vary by county.
  • You will get your marriage license the same day you apply.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

Missouri allows you to apply and obtain your marriage license the same day of your wedding.  But you don’t want to do that on the most important day.   Marriage licenses are valid for 30 days prior to your wedding date, so plan accordingly.

Once your ceremony is completed, you will provide your Officiant with the marriage license.  The Officiant will coordinate the signing of the license with your witnesses.   The Officiant will also complete all necessary information on the certificate, so just leave it blank and bring it with you.  Once signed by all parties, the Officiant will place it in the envelope provided you by the county, and mail it for processing.  Once received in the Recorder of Deeds office, they will process and mail out the original to you, usually within 30 days.