License Fees

  • The Fee for a Marriage License is $50 and may be paid by cash, debit card or credit card 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 also be purchased for an additional $10.
  • Couples will also have the opportunity, if interested, to donate $1.00 or more in support of the Jackson County Homeless Fund.
  • If a debit or credit card is utilized there is a 2.75% merchant processing fee on the entire transaction.

Fee Distribution


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

Copy Fees


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.
    • $3 goes to the County General Fund.
  • Non-Certified Copies for $2
    • The fee goes to Jackson County's General Fund.

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