How to Get Married in Missouri

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So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Missouri!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Missouri!

How to Get Married in Missouri

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: A marriage license is valid only in Missouri. Both parties must be present at the time of application. For identification purposes, applicants must present some form of government issued ID (state or federal). This includes, but is not limited to: a valid driver's license, a state identification card, a certified copy of their birth certificate (in English), or a passport. Applicants who are not United States citizens must bring some form of U.S. Government identification. Please call our automated recording at (816) 881-3192 for more information. In Missouri:

  • Applicants for a marriage license must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicants cannot be married already and may not be related by blood, through and including first cousins.
  • A man and woman applying for a marriage license do not need to be Missouri residents.
  • The license must be picked up prior to the marriage ceremony.
  • A blood test is no longer required.
  • Previously married individuals must give the date that their last marriage ended. There is no waiting period after a divorce before an individual may apply for a marriage license.

Under 18: In Missouri:

  • Applicants who are younger than 18 must have consent from a custodial parent or guardian.
  • Applicants wishing to apply who are younger than 15 must obtain a circuit court order.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: Marriage license fees in Missouri vary by county but most are $50.00 (cash, credit or debit). This fee is non-refundable.

Officiants: Marriages may be solemnized by any clergyman, either active or retired, who is in good standing with any church or synagogue in this state. Marriages may also be solemnized, without compensation, by any judge, including a municipal judge. Marriages may also be solemnized by a religious society, religious institution, or religious organization of this state, according to the regulations and customs of the society, institution or organization, when either party to the marriage to be solemnized is a member of such society, institution or organization.

Valid: Missouri marriage licenses  are void after thirty days from the date of issuance.

Equality Rights: Same-sex marriage is legal in Missouri.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk 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.

How many of you are getting married in Missouri?