Please ensure the county where you intend to complete the application process supports using the application.

This online portion of the application process allows you to pre-complete the marriage application for select counties in Missouri. This will help expedite the process at the county. Once you complete this application, you will need to go to the county Recorder's office to complete the process.

In most cases, your marriage license, once issued, can be used in any Missouri county, it does not have to be used in the county that issues the license. It does have to be returned to the same county where it was issued.

Some counties are accepting applications by appointment only.   Please contact your county for more information.

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Marriage License Filing Requirements

The 1st Party and 2nd Party must:
  1. Visit the county Recorder's office together to apply for a marriage license.
  2. Be 18 years of age or over. With parental consent, a person can marry at sixteen. A person 21 and over cannot marry anyone under the age of eighteen.
  3. Present a valid government issued ID in English and provide Social Security number.
  4. Payment is required at the time of application (when visiting the office). Please check with the county on the payment types accepted at that county.
  5. Pick up and give the license to the person performing the ceremony before the wedding.
  6. Have a ceremony performed within 30 days from the date of issuance in the State of Missouri. If the wedding date is more than 30 days from the date of application, they must wait to pick up the license.
  7. NOT be related to each other through and including first cousins.