Marriage Licenses

WHERE TO APPLY

Office of Judy Ridgeway
Cole County Recorder of Deeds
311 E. High Street
(Room 101 of the Cole County Courthouse Annex)
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-634-9116 

How to apply

  • With Covid going on we are asking that new marriage license applicants (who have their Date and Location setup already with an Officiant to Solemnize marriage), call the Recorder's Office and make an appointment at : 573-634-9114 

Both parties must appear TOGETHER at the Recorder of Deeds office.  You will need the following: 

  • Valid government issued photo ID    
  • Provide Social Security number    
  • Date and location of the marriage ceremony    
  • Name of officiant solemnizing the marriage    
  • Fee of $51 is due at the time of application. Cash, check or credit card accepted. ($2 additional fee for credit card)

*If Either Party is unable to appear in the Recorder’s Office to apply, due to Military Service, ADA Qualifying Disability or Incarceration, an Affidavit of Absent Application maybe be provided.

when to apply

  • Office hours are 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday through Friday except legal holidays.
  • Applicants are requested to be in the Recorders office on or before 3:30 to complete the application process.
  • NOTE: Application can be made 6 months prior to date of ceremony.

When to pick-up

  • Either party may return to pick up the license.
  • License is available for pick-up the week of the marriage.
  • The marriage license is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and may be used anywhere within the state of Missouri.

what to do with the license

You are responsible for delivering the license to the person who solemnizes your marriage.  The person performing the ceremony is required by law to return the completed license to the Cole County Recorder of Deeds office within 15 days of the ceremony.

qualification

  • Blood relatives, down to and including first cousins, MAY NOT marry under the laws of the State of Missouri.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age to marry without parental consent.
  • A male or female age 21 or older MAY NOT marry a male or female under 18 years of age.
  • Previously married applicants must give the date their last marriage ended.  Divorced individuals may not apply until their divorce has been final for a minimum of 30 days.

identification

Identification and proof of age is required of all persons. The following documents will be accepted: 

AGE 18 & OVER

  • Valid Driver’s License OR official State Identification OR Passport.
  • AND provide Social Security Number

AGE 16 THROUGH 17

  • Birth Certificate (Legal, Certified)
  • AND custodial parent to give consent*

CONSENTING PARENTS

  • Persons between the ages of 16 and 17 may obtain a license with the consent of their custodial parent.  Parents must give consent in person at the time of application and must have proper identification.
  • Proper identification for consenting parents is a valid driver’s license or passport, and if divorced, court papers to prove custody.

OBTAINING PROOF OF MARRIAGE

Proof of your marriage (after the return of your license) is available upon request through the Recorder of Deeds Office.   

  • Request can be made in person, mail or phone (credit card required if requesting by phone).
  • We do offer a form for filling out if mailing in a request.
  • When calling or showing up in person, please have name of parties ready and date of ceremony.
  • Cost is $9 per certified copy.  Cash, check or credit card accepted ($2 additional charge for credit card).
  • There is no charge for a certified copy if for military purposes.

more information

For more information regarding:

  • Marriage License (573) 634-9116
  • Civil ceremonies performed by Cole County Associate Circuit Judge Div. IV, Honorable S. Cotton Walker (573) 659-2300