The fee for a Marriage License is $50 and may be paid by cash, debit card or credit card (except American Express) at the time a couple applies for a marriage license. If you choose to change your name after the wedding ceremony, a certified copy of the marriage license may be purchased for an additional $10.
The Marriage License fee is regulated by Missouri State Statues. How is the money distributed?
$17 goes to the State of Missouri
$15 for Children's Trust Fund
$2 for records preservation
$33 stays with Jackson County
$18 for County General Fund
$10 for County Domestic Violence Fund
$3 for County Homeless Fund
$2 for Recorders Fee
In addition, the Jackson County Recorder of Deeds also provides:
Certified Copies of Marriage Licenses for $10
A Certified Copy is required to change a woman's name for Social Security purposes.
Of the $10, $7 goes to the State Children's Trust Fund.