Recorder of Deeds: Marriage License
LICENSES ISSUED BY OUR OFFICE ARE VALID ONLY FOR MARRIAGES PERFORMED WITHIN THE STATE OF MISSOURI.
Guidelines for obtaining a marriage license:
- Marriage license applications are taken from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. at the Administrative Building, Monday through Friday, except on observed holidays. The Annex is temporarily closed.
- Both parties must appear together to fill out the application.
- A valid driver's license or other forms of government-issued photo ID is required. All documents must be in English. You will be required to supply us with your Social Security Number. However, no documentation is required.
- $51.00 license fee (Cash or credit cards only. There is a transaction fee charged by the processor for credit cards.)
- The marriage license will be issued immediately upon completion of the application unless the license is being applied for more than 30 days in advance of the wedding date. If this is the case, the application may remain on file in our office for up to six months before the marriage license has to be picked up.
- Your ceremony can only be performed in the State of Missouri.
- You will be required to give the name and phone number of the officiant of your choosing at the time of application. This is for clarification purposes only, not to vet the eligibility of the officiant.
- Previously married applicants will be asked to provide the date their last marriage ended. No documents are required, however, the divorce must have been finalized at least 30 days prior to applying for a new marriage license.
- If you have questions regarding online ordination of clergy and/or legality thereof: please seek legal counsel as we do not make determinations as to the legality of those performing ceremonies (RSMo 451.100)
CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE MARRIAGE APPLICATION. You both will still need to come into the office during regular application hours to complete, sign, pay for and pick up the license. You do not have to complete the application online prior to coming to the office, but doing so will speed up the process in the office.
NEW MARRIAGE LICENSE AGE REQUIREMENTS
The Missouri Statutes regarding minimum age requirements for issuance of a marriage license have been revised by the legislature.
Title XXX DOMESTIC RELATIONS
451.090. Issuance of license prohibited, when — parental consent, when required — proof of age. — 1. No recorder shall issue a license authorizing the marriage of any male or female under sixteen years of age nor shall a license be issued authorizing the marriage of any male or female twenty-one years of age or older to a male or female under eighteen years of age.
2. No recorder shall issue a license authorizing the marriage of any male or female under the age of eighteen years, except with the consent of his or her custodial parent or guardian, which consent shall be given at the time, in writing, stating the residence of the person giving such consent, signed and sworn to before an officer authorized to administer oaths.
3. The recorder shall state in every license whether the parties applying for same, one or either or both of them, are of age, or whether the male is under the age of eighteen years or the female under the age of eighteen years, and if the male is under the age of eighteen years or the female is under the age of eighteen years, the name of the custodial parent or guardian consenting to such marriage. Applicants shall provide proof of age to the recorder in the form of a certified copy of the applicant's birth certificate, passport, or other government-issued identification, which shall then be documented by the recorder.
Marriage License Copy Requests
Proof of your marriage is available upon request in person, by mail, or over the phone.
- For mail-in requests, include both parties' full names at the time of application, date of marriage and $10.00 for a certified copy or $2.00 for non-certified copy (check, cash or money order.) Include a contact phone number.
Mail your request to: Recorder of Deeds
PO Box 238
Liberty, MO 64069
ATTN: Marriage License Desk
Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
- To request a copy over the phone, call the Marriage License Desk at 816-407-3554, give both parties names as they were when the license was applied for. You will give the deputy your credit card information and the copy will be mailed to you along with a copy of your credit card receipt. Paying with a credit card increases the fee by $1.50, charged by the processing company.
- Copies of your marriage license cannot be emailed to you unless you first purchase a copy of the marriage license. Once you have purchased a hard copy, a copy can be emailed to you as well, upon request
- Please be aware that per Missouri Statutes, the Recorder of Deeds office issues, records and maintains Marriage License records, not Marriage Certificates.
- The certified copy must be purchased from the county where the license was applied for and issued out of. We cannot supply copies of licenses issued from any other county other than our own. Just because a couple was married in Clay County does not mean they applied for/purchased the license in this county. The license is good for use state wide.
Applicants under the age of 18 must bring a parent or legal guardian to give consent to the marriage. If the parents are divorced, the custodial parent must present the divorce decree showing proof of custody, as well. The parent must bring a valid form of government issued photo ID. Under-age applicants must bring their birth certificate along with a valid form of photo ID and their Social Security Number; no documentation is required for the Social Security Number.
Once the marriage license is issued, it is valid for thirty days before expiring. (RSMo 451.040)
Performing a Ceremony
Our office does not maintain a list of persons qualified to perform a marriage ceremony. Many applicants search online for an officiant to perform their ceremony. You are responsible for selecting your officiant. Clay County Circuit and Associate Circuit judges DO NOT perform marriage ceremonies.
Per Missouri Revised Statutes Section 451.00 the following are eligible to solemnize a marriage:
- 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 of the marriage to be solemnized is a member of such a society, institution or organization.
Information for Officiants