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Where To Apply Who Can Perform A Ceremony?
When To Apply Completing The Process
Application Requirements Obtaining A Certified Copy
Identification Marriage License Search
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Prior to any marriage within the State of Missouri a “Marriage License’ must be first obtained from the Jackson County Recorder of Deeds Department (or any other Recorder/Clerk’s offices located within the State of Missouri). Once issued a couple can contact any minister or judge (as defined by Missouri law) to perform the wedding ceremony. Following is a summary of information relating to obtaining a Marriage License:

WHERE TO APPLY

You can apply for a marriage license at either of the two Jackson County Recorder of Deeds offices:

Jackson County Courthouse
Recorder of Deeds Office

415 E. 12th Street, Room 104
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 881-1577
Historic Truman Courthouse
Recorder of Deeds Department
112 W. Lexington, Suite 30
Independence, MO 64050
(816) 881-4608

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WHEN TO APPLY  

Both offices are open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for legal holidays.    

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

1) Both parties must appear together at the Recorder of Deeds office.
2) Both must be at least 18 years old to marry without parental consent. CLICK HERE for application requirements for those wishing to marry after their 15th birthday but prior to turning 18 -- as well as legal guidelines for marriages of individuals under 15 years old
3) Both must provide their Social Security numbers. (No SSN card is required.)
4) Both must have proper identification.
5) Note: If either applicant is divorced or widowed, applicant(s) must provide the month/year the last marriage ended.  
 

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IDENTIFICATION 

The law requires the Recorder of Deeds to verify each applicant's identity and age. Verification is done in person at either of the Jackson County Recorder offices through the following documents:

  • Valid Driver's License
  • Missouri ID or State ID
  • U .S. Passport
  • Foreign Passport
  • Military ID
  • Certified copy of U.S. Birth Certificate, plus U.S. government-issued photo ID
  • Government ID card with government issued ID number

For individuals who are not U.S. citizens, valid U.S. government documentation must be provided.  

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FEES

The fee for a Marriage License is $50.00 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 $10.00.

Where does the money for a marriage license go?    

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WHO CAN PERFORM A WEDDING CEREMONY?
Per Missouri State Statute the following are eligible to solemnize a marriage:

(Missouri Revised Statutes Section 451.100) 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 to the marriage to be solemnized is a member of such society, institution or organization.

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COMPLETING THE PROCESS 

Once the marriage ceremony is completed the minister or judge will sign and return the Marriage License to the Jackson County Recorder of Deeds Department within 15 days of the ceremony. The License will be retained by the Department for record preservation. Once returned “Certified Copies” or “Copies” of the license can then be obtained (see below). Although the License is preserved by the Department, the minister or judge will provide the couple with a completed “Marriage Certificate.” Though “unofficial” for legal purposes, the Certificate does serve as a memorable “keepsake” that can be retained by the couple for their wedding records, wedding album, etc.

Please Note: Once a Marriage License is issued to a couple, the marriage ceremony must be held within the State of Missouri within 30 days of issuance. If not performed within 30 days the couple will need to return the unused license and/or apply for a new license, pay new license fees, etc.

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OBTAINING A CERTIFIED COPY

Certified copies of marriage licenses are available, for a $10.00 fee, upon request in person or by mail after the license has been returned by the officiator. If requesting a certified copy by mail, please include the following with your request:  

  • Names of the couple at the time of the application
  • The date of the marriage
  • Include $10.00 fee for each certified copy made payable to the "Recorder of Deeds Department"
  • The marriage license number, if known

Normally the day the request is received or the next morning, the certified copy will be returned to the requester. All written requests should be sent:

Historic Truman Courthouse
Recorder of Deeds Department
112 W. Lexington, Suite 30
Independence, MO 64050

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OBTAINING A “COPY” OF A MARRIAGE LICENSE

Copies of a marriage license can be obtained "free-of-charge" by searching online here. Copies can also be obtained at either of our office locations for a small fee.

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MARRIAGE LICENSES SEARCH

The County Recorder has marriage license records dating from 1826 to the present.

CLICK HERE to conduct online Marriage License searches.   

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WEDDING RESOURCES 

Clergy performing the marriage ceremonies are local ministers that have requested to be on the Jackson County Wedding Ceremony Resource List. They are not employed or compensated by Jackson County, and Jackson County does not independently verify the person’s legal qualification to perform marriages under Missouri law.

• Rev. Coleman

Friday and Saturday afternoons at the
Truman Memorial Building
416 W. Maple Avenue
Independence, Missouri
(816) 753-3886

• Rev. Greg Clemmons  (816) 686-6253

• Rev. Chris Pemberton (816) 277-7059

Other resources include the Wedding Ceremonies section of the Yellow Pages and/or the Internet.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Jackson County’s listing of any person, firm, or entity on the “Wedding Resource List” does not imply any endorsement of that person or that person’s services by the County or by any County official, including that person’s legal qualification under Missouri law to solemnize a marriage.   

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