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Both parties must appear in person at the Recorder's office with proper identification and proof of social security number.
Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (except holidays). The license fee of $51.00 must be paid in Cash or by Debit/Credit Card (there is
a convenience fee for card use) at the time of application. No refunds. Missouri
law has eliminated the 3-day waiting period to obtain a marriage license. If you
are getting married within 30 days from application, you may take your license the
same day you apply. You can apply up to three months in advance and pick up your
license at the appropriate time.
It is a misdemeanor for anyone to perform a marriage ceremony if a license is not presented prior to the ceremony (451.120 RSMo.). The marriage is invalid if the ceremony takes place before the license is picked up.
License must be picked up before ceremony can be performed (see above note). Anyone previously
designated may pick up the license after the waiting period. The marriage license is valid for 30 days
from the date of issuance and may be used anywhere within the State of Missouri.
*Please note: The issuance of a marriage license is a public record and your names will be sent to the Springfield News-Leader. If you do not wish this information to be published you must contact the paper or you may wish to obtain your license in a different county.
You are responsible for delivering the license to the person who solemnizes your marriage. The person performing the ceremony must complete the left portion of the license, have two witnesses sign it, and return it to the Recorder's office within 15 days after the wedding. The license becomes a permanent record. (The right portion is the Marriage Certificate that is filled out by the minister and retained by the parties as evidence of the marriage)
Identification and proof of age is required of ALL persons. The following proof of age documents will be accepted, along with a U.S. government issued photo ID.
Blood relatives, down to and including first cousins, MAY NOT marry under the laws of the State of
Missouri. No distinction is made between resident and non-resident individuals.
Applicants must be 18 years of age to marry without parental consent. Persons between the ages of 15 and 17 may obtain a license with the consent of a parent or legal guardian. Parents or legal guardians must give consent in person (at the time of application) and have proper identification and proof of custody if divorced or never married. If legal guardian is giving consent, a certified copy of guardianship papers must be presented.
Previously married applicants must give the date their last marriage ended. Persons divorced less than 30 days may apply for a marriage license if they acknowledge, in writing, they understand the divorce can be appealed or set aside within 30 days by the court of jurisdiction.
Greene County Circuit Judges and Springfield Municipal Judges will perform marriage ceremonies by appointment. Please call the following numbers to schedule an appointment:
A certified copy of your marriage license is required by Social Security to change your name. You can obtain a certified copy of your license in the following ways:
Include a check for $9 payable to Recorder of Deeds along with the names of the parties. Upon receipt we
will mail a certified copy to you. The license must have been issued in Greene County.
You should contact the following agencies to change your name and notify them of your marital status:
Marriage License Fee Distribution:
|Children's Trust Fund of Missouri||$15.00|
|Shelter Fund for Abused Women||$10.00|
|Greene County General Revenue||$15.00|
|State & County User Fee||$4.00|
|County Employees Retirement System||$7.00|