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The below information is deemed reliable but may have changed recently, please consult your local county license office for current information.


Jackson County has two locations where you may apply for a marriage license.

Jackson County Courthouse
Recorder of Deeds
415 East 12th Street, Room 104
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
(816) 881-1577

Jackson County Courthouse Annex
Recorder of Deeds
308 West Kansas Avenue, Suite 104
Independence, Missouri 64050
(816) 881-4608

All marriage license applicants must pay the $48.00 application fee (cash only) at the time of application. If the bride chooses to have her name changed after the wedding ceremony, a certified copy of the marriage license can be purchased for an additional $10.00. This certified copy can be presented to the Social Security Administration and state Driver's License office in order to effect a name change.

When To Apply

Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. Applications are taken until 5:00 p.m. each day but you are asked to apply prior to 4:30 p.m. in order to allow enough time to process the application.


Guidelines for Obtaining a Marriage License

* Marriage license applications are taken from 8:00 AM through 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, except legal Holidays.
* You can reach the Marriage License Department at (816) 407-3560.
* Both parties must appear together to fill out the application.
* A valid driver's license or other form of photo ID is required. You will also be required to show your social security card or, in lieu thereof, a recent tax return or other official documentation showing your social security number.
* The marriage license will be issued immediately upon completion of the application, unless the license is being applied for more than 30 days in advance of the wedding date. If this is the case, the application may remain on file in this office for up to 6 months before the marriage license has to be picked up.

Once the marriage license is issued, it is valid for thirty days before expiring. (RSMo 451.040)

* The license may be validated in the State of Missouri only.
* $51.00 license fee (cash only, no checks or credit cards).
* Previously married applicants will be asked to provide the date their last marriage ended. No documents are required.

Under-Age Applicants

Applicants under the age of 18 must bring a parent or legal guardian to give consent to the marriage. If the parents are divorced, the custodial parent must present the divorce decree showing proof of custody, as well as a valid form of photo ID. Under-age applicants must bring their birth certificate along with a valid form of photo ID and their social security card. In absence of the social security card, other official documentation showing the applicant's social security number may be acceptable, such as a parent's tax return.

Any applicant under the age of 15 must make an appointment with a circuit judge and appear with a parent or legal guardian to obtain a special order giving consent to the marriage. The applicant and parent must then bring the order to the marriage license department to apply for a license.


Where To Apply:

Office of Gloria Boyer For Additional Information:
Recorder of Deeds (816) 858-3326
Platte County
415 Third Street
Suite 70
Platte City, MO 64079

How To Apply:

Both parties must appear together at the Recorder's office to apply.

When To Apply:

Applications are taken from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday except legal holidays. The license may be taken with you if the marriage ceremony is going to be performed within 30 days. The application may be held up to six months in our office. The marriage license is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and may be used anywhere within the state of Missouri. The license must be paid for in cash at the time of application. The fee is currently $51. The Recorder's office cannot accept checks or credit cards for payment of these fees. NO REFUNDS.

When To Pick Up:

Either the potential bride or groom may pick up the license.

What To Do With The License:

You are responsible for delivering the license to the person who solemnizes your marriage. The officiator must complete the bottom left portion of the license, have two witnesses sign it, then return it to the Recorder's office, in the envelope provided, within 15 days after the wedding. The license then is copied for preservation and remains on file permanently in the Recorder's office. The original license is then mailed to the couple. A certified copy of marriage license is $10.


Blood relatives, down to and including first cousins, may not be married under the laws of the State of Missouri.

There is no distinction between residents and non-residents.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old to obtain a marriage license without parental consent.

Applicants at least 15 years old may obtain a marriage license with the consent of their custodial parents at the time of application.

Previously married applicants must provide the date their last marriage ended and should wait at least 30 days after the divorce is final before applying for a marriage license.

Ray County Recorder
P.O. Box 167
Richmond, MO 64085

Cass County Clerk
100 E Wall
Harrisonville, MO 64701

Clinton County Clerk
P.O. Box 372
Plattsburg, MO 64477