Quick Facts

You do not have to be a resident of Missouri.

There is a 3-day waiting period.

Blood tests are NOT needed.

A person under age 18 cannot marry without the consent of the custodial parent or guardian.

No common law marriages.

No cousin marriages.

No same sex marriages.


State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Helpful Information

Before you marry in Missouri, you must obtain a marriage license from the Recorder of Deeds office in any Missouri county.  Both bride and groom must appear at the same time. Both will need to provide picture identification and age.  If there are previous marriages, the date(s) that the last marriage(s) ended must be provided, and a period of 30 days must pass before applying for a marriage license.

If either of you are under 18 years of age, you must have the consent from a custodial parent or your legal guardian. If you are under 15 years of age, you will need the approval of a county judge. However, according to State law, he/she can only grant approval due to "good cause" or that the conditions surrounding the situation make the marriage "advisable."

Missouri marriage licenses are valid for 30 days.

Here are some links for local counties:

St. Lous - City

St. Louis - County

Franklin County

Jefferson County

St. Charles County

Lincoln County

Ste. Genevieve County