Everything You Need To Know About Getting A St. Louis Marriage License

Everything You Need To Know About Getting A St. Louis Marriage License

How to get a marriage license in St. Louis

So you want to get married in St. Louis and need a St. Louis marriage license, but don’t know where to start?  Let’s tackle one of the most important things you’ll need to get done, getting your marriage license.

In order to be married in St. Louis (or anywhere in Missouri) you will need to obtain a marriage license from the Recorder of Deeds in any Missouri county.  Once you get your hands on this precious license it will be valid throughout the state of Missouri.

If you are getting your marriage license in St. Louis County, the recorder of deeds is located at the following address:

41 South Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105

Visit stlouisco.com’s faq about marriage licenses for more details.

If you are getting your marriage license in St. Louis City, the recorder of deeds is located at the following address:

1200 Market St, City Hall
St. Louis, Missouri 63103

If you are applying in St. Louis city visit the St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds site for more details.

What do I need to bring with me to apply for a St. Louis marriage license?

In order to apply, you and your significant other will need to provide the following:

  • Valid government issued identification for each party
  • Proof of a valid social security number or a signed statement stating that an applicant does not have a social security number
  • Applicable fees for Missouri marriage license and any copies needed

When should I apply for a Missouri marriage license?

You must obtain a license prior to getting married and you must get married within 30 days of the application date.  You can even apply on the day you are getting married (but we don’t recommend that).

What happens if I don’t get married within 30 days of receiving a marriage license?

Your license will be void and you will need to reapply.

Can I apply for a St. Louis marriage license online?

Sadly the answer to this is no. You must apply together in person at the appropriate Recorder of Deeds Office.

Can just one of us apply for a marriage license?

Again, we hate to disappoint you but the answer is no. Both parties need to appear in person and present the required information in order to receive a marriage license.

How much will it cost?

Fees for marriage licenses in Missouri vary by what county you apply in. As of writing this article the fee in St. Louis County is $48.00 and the fee in St. Louis city is also $48.00. But be sure to check the appropriate website to get the most up to date information.

Do I need a blood test?

No blood test is required to get a Missouri marriage license. Yay!

Do I need to make an appointment ahead of time?

We’re sure you have a lot to deal with so you’ll be happy to hear that no appointment is needed.  Services are supplied on a first come first served basis.

How long will it take to get our St. Louis marriage license?

Luckily, in Missouri you will get your marriage license immediately.  If you are applying early you can pick it up up to six months after the completion of the application.

How old do I have to be to get a Missouri marriage license?

You must be 18 years of age or older to get a Missouri marriage license. If you are younger then 18 you must have consent from a custodial parent or guardian. If you are younger then 15 you must obtain a circuit court order.

I just got divorced. How long do I have to wait to get a Missouri marriage license?

We’re happy you found love again! You must wait at least 30 days after the divorce finalization is completed.

What happens after the ceremony?

The person performing the ceremony must return the signed marriage license back to the Recorder of Deeds office that initially issued it within 15 days.

We hope this guide has helped to make the process of obtaining a marriage license in St. Louis easier.  If you have any questions share them in the comments below and will do our best to find an answer for you.

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