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Marriage License fyi

Hi all! Here's info I found on how to obtain a Marriage license in Missouri (St. Louis County/City)

City Website: http://www.stlouiscityrecorder.org/marriage/newmarriage.html

County FAQ(see bottom of page) http://revenue.stlouisco.com/common/Faq.aspx

Marriage Licenses

For contact and office information visit:Recorder of Deeds Division

Do we need a marriage license?
In order to be legally married in the State of Missouri, a marriage license must be obtained prior to the ceremony. The marriage license is valid in any county in Missouri and is valid ONLY in Missouri.


How do we apply for a marriage license?
The bride and groom must appear in person (at the same time) at the Recorders of Deeds Office in Clayton. The marriage license section is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Marriage License Address:Recorder of Deeds
41 South Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105-1799
The marriage license section is located on the fourth floor of the Lawrence K. Roos County Government Building.

What information is required to apply for a marriage license?
Both parties must be at least 18 years of age. Each applicant must present some form of government issued (federal or state) identification (e.g. valid driver's license, a state identification card, a passport, etc.). Also, each applicant must provide proof of a valid social security number if the government issued identification does not contain a social security number. If an applicant does not have a social security number, a statement must be signed stating that fact. Blood tests are NOT required to apply for a marriage license.


How much does a marriage license cost?
The fee for a marriage license is $47. Payment is accepted in CASH ONLY. The fee is non-refundable. A keepsake certificate may be purchased for $1.

For additional price information visit:Recorder of Deeds Price List

How soon may we be married after we apply for a marriage license?
Couples may apply and obtain their Marriage License on the same day. The marriage ceremony must occur within 30 days from the date of issuance of the license or the license is void.


How do we arrange a civil marriage ceremony?
Saint Louis County Circuit Court judges perform civil marriage ceremonies every Wednesday (excluding holidays), starting at approximately 1 p.m. in the Saint Louis County Courts Building (located next to the Lawrence K. Roos County Government Building) 7900 Carondelet Avenue Clayton MO 63105-1766.

Applicants must arrive by noon with the marriage license and two witnesses. For more information see Circuit Court Civil Marriage Ceremonies.

A judge presiding over any municipality may perform a civil marriage ceremony. Municipal judges may be found in the telephone directory blue pages under "city offices" by locating a municipality and finding a phone number for the municipal court. An appointment is required.


How does the bride change her name after the marriage ceremony?
A certified copy of the marriage license can be ordered when applying for the marriage license if the bride plans to change her name. The certified copy can be used at the Missouri Department of Revenue (motor vehicle and driver licensing) offices and most Social Security offices. Please contact the Missouri Department of Revenue or Social Security office for their specific needs.


What is the process to obtain a certified copy of a marriage license?
Saint Louis County marriage license records, from 1877 to the present, are available at the Recorder of Deeds Office. Helpful information includes: full name of the groom, full name of the bride at the time of the marriage ceremony and the approximate date of the marriage ceremony. Requests may be made in-person or by mail. To obtain a copy by mail complete the Marriage Copy Order Form Adobe Portable Document Format file.. The fee for a photocopy of the marriage license is $2, a certified copy is $9.

Please add the cost of postage with the payment or send a self addressed stamped standard size envelope when ordering by mail.

This was not covered in the St. Louis County site...So I'm assuming the StlCo license would need to be returned to where you mail the other license..not sure

Two Witnesses to the ceremony must sign the Marriage License.

Within 15 Days after the Ceremony, the clergy or judge officiating at the Ceremony must complete, sign, and return the Marriage License to:

Marriage License Department
St. Louis City Recorder and Registrar
City Hall, Room 127, 1200 Market
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
Contact 314.622.3257 or
E-mail

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