DO I APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE?
Refer to RSMo Chapter 451 for
Statutes regarding marriage licenses
As of August 28, 2007 pursuant
to State Statute there is no longer a three (3) day
waiting period to obtain your marriage license.
department is located in the
on the Square at
102 East Wall Street,
Enter the north door, first office on the right.
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.
arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. so we can process
your application prior to closing time.
You may purchase
your license in any county in the State of
you purchase your license in this state, you must
get married in this state.
is to be paid at the time of application.
Your Marriage license
must be used
within 30 days or it is no longer valid and cannot
The person performing the ceremony has
15 days to
return the license to the Recorder of Deeds. RSMo
If you should decide not to go through with the
ceremony you will still need to
unused license to the Recorder of Deeds in the
envelope provided. We do not give refunds for
In order to change your name on your driver’s
license and social security card, you may purchase a
certified copy of your marriage license which can be
purchased at the time of application.
The fee for
a certified copy is $9.00.
When we return the original license, we will also
send your certified copy after processing and
recordation of the license is completed.
Every applicant needs to be prepared to present
The law requires the recorder to verify the
applicant’s identity, age and social security
All parties must
appear together at the Recorders office.
All parties must
have identification showing their age. Driver’s
license is acceptable if you are 18 years of age or
to 18 must be accompanied by a custodial parent.
RSMo 451.090 1. Acceptable identification for
applicants would be a birth certificate and valid
driver’s license. The person giving consent to the
marriage should be one of the persons named on the
Custodial parents are also required to have
proper identification and documentation that they
are in fact the custodial parent. RSMo 451.090 3.
years of age requires a court order. RSMo 451.090 1.
security number is required.
If you have lost your social security card, a check
stub or other identification which includes your SSN
will be acceptable. RSMo 451.040 2.
Blood tests are not
If either of the
applicants have been married before we will need the
date your last marriage ended. If your divorce is
final, check with your attorney to see if there is a
waiting period before applying for your marriage
The recorders office does not have any
requirements regarding waiting periods.
Social Security name change:
1-800-772-1213 to get a new social security card.
You will need a certified copy of your marriage
451.100 Explains who
can marry you in the State of
Marriages may be solemnized by any clergyman,
either active or retired, who is
standing with any church or synagogue
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.
one of the following forms of identity are
acceptable and must not be expired:
your age is not in any of the above documents.
if you are not a U.S. citizen?
government documentation must be provided such
documents presented for identification purposes must
be valid United States government issued with
a properly acknowledged English translation.
451.022 3. No
recorder shall issue a marriage license, except to a
man and a woman Blood Relatives may not marry under
the laws of the State of Missouri
INFORMATION CONTACT THE
CASS COUNTY RECORDERS OFFICE
Marriage License Clerk: Joyce Hogue 380-8121
Revised June 2009