Marriage Requirements



Requirements to Obtain a Marrage License in the State of Missouri

Please contact your county Recorder of Deeds for information regarding any county-specific license procedures.


  • Both applicants for a marriage license must be at least 18 years of age and appear* in the presence of the recorder of deeds or their deputy. (RSMo 451.040) Proof of identification may be required, please contact the county for requirements.

  • The SSN contained in an application for a marriage license shall be exempt from examination and copying. (RSMo 610.024) Proof of social security number (SSN) is not required at the time of application if you do not have a SSN. (RSMo 451.040) If you do have a SSN, please bring this information with you at the time of application. Please contact the county recorder's office for required documents and information on SSNs and marriage license applications prior to completing the application if you have any questions.

  • Applicants wishing to apply who are under the age of 18 must have custodial parental consent given. (RSMo 451.090)

  • Applicants wishing to apply who are under the age of 15 must obtain an order of the circuit court. (RSMo 451.090)

  • The license may be issued at the time of application if the ceremony is being performed within 30 days (RSMo 451.040).

  • The license shall be void after thirty days from the date of issuance. (RSMO 451.040)

  • The license must be picked up prior to the ceremony. The person solemnizing the marriage is required to have the marriage license prior to performing the ceremony. (RSMO 451.120)

  • The person solemnizing the marriage shall return the license to the issuing recorder of deeds within 15 days. (RSMo 451.130)

  • Fee to be paid on application. (RSMO 451.130)



*If Either Party is unable to appear in the Recorder's Office to apply, due to Military Service, ADA Qualifying Disability or Incarceration, an Affidavit of Absent Applicant may be provided.

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