Missouri and Illinois Marriage License Requirements

This is the information for getting a marriage license in St. Charles County, St Louis City, St Louis County, Jefferson County, Franklin County and Warren County. You both have to be present to apply for the license, you have to be at least 18 years of age or have a parent with you. Every county is different so please make sure to read the information for the county you will be applying in. The license is good for 30 days from the date you get the license with no waiting period. In Missouri, you do not need to get the license in the county you are getting married in.  

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St. Charles: Office of Barbara J. Hall, Recorder of Deeds, St. Charles County Administration Building, 201 North Second Street, Suite 338, St. Charles, Mo 63301 636-949-7506. Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday except legal holidays. Arrive no later than 4:00 pm. 48.00 cash. They do accept Visa/Mastercard but a service fee will be added. You can pre-pay for a certified copy at time of application for $9.50 In the county of St. Charles you do have to be divorced for 40 days and know the date the divorce was finalized You MUST have a social security card and drivers license or visa or passport to get your marriage license in the county of st charles, no exceptions.

St. Louis City: $48.00 cash Visa or Mastercard. Certified copy is $12.00. City Hall, Room 127 phone number 314-622-3257. City Hall is on the corner of 12th and Market located downtown St. Louis. Office hours are 8:00am to 4:45 pm Monday-Friday except legal holidays. Arrive no later than 4:30pm. Divorce has to be final within 30 days of marriage know date finalized bring two forms of ID, visa passport, drivers license social security card.

St. Louis County: $48.00 cash only, certified copy is $9.00. 41 S. Central Ave. 4th Floor in Clayton Missouri, phone number 314-615-7102. Office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm on M-W-F and 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on T-Th except legal holidays. Divorce finalized for 31 days will need one of the follow: drivers license, state id or passport, ss card or original w2 or tax return.

Jefferson County: $51.00 cash only, certified copy is $9.00. Picture ID only and you just need to know your SS#. Divorce or death they need to know the date. 729 Maple Street, Hillsboro, MO 63050. Office hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm. Phone number 636-797-5414.  YOU must fill out your application online at https://mojefferson.fidlar.com/MOJefferson/Apex.WebPortal/
(if you do not have a computer, we have access available at the Recorder’s Office).   CALL and schedule an appointment-636-797-5415.

Warren County:  $51.00 cash only, certified copy 9.00 cash or check. County Administration Building 101 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 303 Warrenton Mo 63383 Office hours 8:00am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday. Picture ID needed drivers license or state ID, know ss number don’t need card, if divorced or widowed, need to know date of divorce or death. Don’t need papers.   Call (636)456-9800 for additional information.

Franklin County:  $56.00 cash only, certified copy 9.00 cash or credit card. Franklin County Recorder of Deeds, 400 E. Locust, Rm. 102, Union, MO. 63084.   Office hours 8:00am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday. Picture ID needed drivers license or state ID, know ss number don’t need card, if divorced or widowed, need to know date of divorce or death.  Don’t need papers.   Call (636)456-9800 for additional information.

There is a 1 day waiting period in the state of Illinois. The license is good for 60 days the day you pick up the license. You must get the license in the county the ceremony is taking place in.  In Illinois, no witnesses are required.

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Madison County: 618-692-6290/ Office of Mark Von Nida Madison County Clerk Administration Bldg, 157 North Main, Suite 109, Edwardsville, Il 62025. Office Hours 8:30-4:30pm Monday-Friday except holidays, license is $35.00 cash certified copy $20.00 cash for the first certified copy and $8.00 for each additional one,, you will need your drivers license or state ID, know your social security #, if divorced need to know date divorce was finalized you do not need papers.

St. Clair County: 618-277-6600 #5/ 10 Public Square, Belleville, IL 62220. Office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday and the 1st Saturday of the month 8:30am to 12:00pm. License fee is $32.00 cash if writing check, check needs to be over #300 and banking in St. Clair County, certified copy is $13.50 each additional certified copy is $8.00 per copy. 2 forms of ID valid drivers license or state ID,or passport, if divorced within 1 year you must bring divorce papers, after 1 year need to know date and county the divorce was finalized in.
Jersey County: 618-498-5571#6/ 200 North Lafayette, Jerseyville, Il 62052, office hours are: Monday-Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm and Friday 8:00am to noon. $35.00 cash, check or cc there is a $2.00 fee for using credit or debit card. Please visit the website jerseycountyclerk-il.com to pre-apply on line before going to the court house.
Clinton County: 618-594-2464 ext 630 Mary Rakers County clerk 850 Fairfax Street, Carlyle, IL 62231, Office hours 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday, license is $21.00 cash or check, certified copy is $13.00. each additional copy is $4.00. Valid drivers license needed state ID or passport, , if divorced need to know date and county divorce was final.

Miss, Ms to Mrs. – The Name Change Checklist

Guys have it easy when they get married…life goes on.   Us ladies on the other hand – well!  First off, we have a choice whether to keep our maiden name, take our husband’s name, or perhaps, like some, hyphenate our name and his name.   Some women choose to keep their maiden name for professional reasons, and other women fear losing a part of their identity when they take a new name.

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Once that choice is made, then the real work begins.   I listed below some of the MANY documents that will need to be changed.  Some places will require a certified copy of your marriage license before they will legally change your name.  A certified copy is obtained from the Clerk of the Court where the marriage license was recorded.  It will have a county seal that insures that it is a legitimate copy of the original marriage certificate.  Social Security Card, Passport, and Driver’s License will all require that certified copy.

Here’s a list that you might want to check off as you make the changes.

And one other note –  If you are leaving for your honeymoon right after the wedding, make honeymoon reservations in your maiden name as it takes time to receive your “Certified” copies.

Like I said, the guys have it easy!




Passport  –  http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

The Marriage License

Marriage License PhotoThe Number One Priority in the wedding process is getting the marriage license – without the license there can be no wedding! In Missouri the wedding license is issued by the Recorder of Deeds and this license is only valid in Missouri. Both parties must appear before the Recorder of Deed and provide valid identification containing date of birth along with a social security card.

All parties must be at least 18 years of age, and if younger than that they must have custodial parent or guardian approval. All parties under the age of 15 must apply for a circuit court order.

Applicants for a license must not be married already and may not be related by blood (through and including First Cousins).

This license must be obtained prior to the wedding ceremony, and the officiant must have the license prior to the ceremony. If there is no marriage within 30 days, the license is voided. After the marriage, the officiant returns the license to the Recorder of Deeds.

Following are the address and location of the various counties around this area:

License SigningST. LOUIS CITY Recorder of Deeds, Sharon Quigley Carpenter, City Hall, 1200 Market St., Rm. 126, St. Louis, MO 63103 (314) 622-4393 sqc@stlouiscityrecorder.org

ST. LOUIS COUNTY Recorder of Deeds*, Janice M. Hammonds, Lawrence K. Roos County Government Center, 41 S. Central Ave., Fourth Fl., Clayton, MO 63105 (314) 615-7178 jhammonds@stlouisco.com

ST. CHARLES COUNTY Recorder of Deeds, Barbara J. Hall, County Administration Bldg., 201 N. Second St., Ste. 338, St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 949-7505

FRANKLIN COUNTY Recorder of Deeds, Sharon L. Birkman Franklin County Administration Bldg., 400 E. Locust, Rm. 102, Union, MO 63084 (636) 583-6367; FAX (636) 583-7330

JEFFERSON COUNTY Recorder of Deeds, Marlene Castle, Jefferson County Administration Center, PO Box 100, 729 Maple St., Hillsboro, MO 63050 (636) 797-5414; FAX (636) 797-6310 mcastle@jeffcomo.org

LINCOLN COUNTY Recorder of Deeds, Dottie D. Crenshaw Lincoln County Courthouse, 201 Main St., Troy, MO 63379 (636) 528-6300 249

WARREN COUNTY Clerk Circuit Court and ex officio Recorder of Deeds, Jerri Jordan 104 W. Main St., Warrenton, MO 63383 (636) 456-3363; FAX (636) 456-2422

BOONE COUNTY Recorder of Deeds, Bettie Johnson Boone County Government Center, 801 E. Walnut, Rm. 132, Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 886-4345; FAX (573) 886-4359 bjohnson@boonecountymo.org

CALLAWAY COUNTY Recorder of Deeds, Ken Dillon CallawayCounty Courthouse, 10 E. Fifth St., PO Box 406, Fulton, MO 65251 (573) 642-0787 calrecord@callawaycounty.org

CAMDEN COUNTY Recorder of Deeds, Donnie Snelling 1 Court Circle NW, Ste. 5, Camdenton, MO 65020 (573) 317-3880; FAX (573) 346-8367 donnie_snelling@camdenmo.org

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY Recorder of Deeds, Janet Fenimore Robert Cape Girardeau County Administration Bldg., 1 Barton Sq. PO Box 248, Jackson, MO 63755 (573) 243-8123; FAX (573) 204-2477 jfrobert@capecounty.us

COLE COUNTY Recorder of Deeds, Larry D. Rademan Cole County Courthouse Annex, 311 E. High St., PO Box 353, Jefferson City 65101; (573) 634-9115; FAX (573) 634-4631

GASCONADE COUNTY Clerk Circuit Court and ex officio Recorder of Deeds, Joyce Gabathuler Gasconade County Courthouse, 119 E. First St., Ste. 6, Hermann, MO 65041 (573) 486-2632; FAX (573) 486-5812 joyce.gabathuler@courts.mo.gov

PIKE COUNTY Recorder of Deeds, Sherry McCarty Pike County Courthouse, 115 W. Main, Bowling Green, MO 63334 (573) 324-5567

ST. GENEVIEVE COUNTY Recorder of Deeds, David Gegg Ste. Genevieve County Courthouse, 55 S.Third, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 (573) 883-2706; FAX (573) 883-5312 recorder63670@yahoo.Com

It is suggested that YOU CALL to confirm hours of service, because some offices require licenses to be picked up by 3PM.