Missouri Marriage Laws

Created and reviewed for accuracy by researchers at the Universal Life Church Ministries

Missouri Outline

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Missouri. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Missouri. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Missouri.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Sometimes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 30 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: 15 Days

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Missouri

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Missouri

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

Select your County Recorder to quickly generate the contact information for your local marriage authority.



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3 License to Marry in Missouri

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Missouri to get an Ordination Package. Please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

Ministers ordained online by the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of marriages in the Missouri. While minister registration is not legally required by the state, many ULC ministers in Missouri have reported to us that they are typically asked to present proof of their ordination to the county clerk when they present the signed marriage license to that office, so be sure you have this in hand!

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Missouri

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Missouri marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is only valid for 30 days, however there is no waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license and when the ceremony may legally be conducted, and the signed license needn't be returned to the issuing office until its date of expiry.

At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Missouri, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Missouri wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.


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Missouri Marriage Code

Marriage laws in Missouri are primarily directed by Section 100 of Chapter 451 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, which defines the persons authorized to perform a marriage in the State of Missouri. We've reproduced this item in the state code below.
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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Adair County

106 W. Washington St.
Kirksville, Missouri
63501

Phone: (660) 665-3890
Adair County website »

Andrew County

411 Court Street
Savannah, Missouri
64485

Phone: (816) 324-4221
Fax: (816) 324-5667
Andrew County website »

Atchison County

400 Washington
Rock Port, Missouri
64482

Phone: (660) 744-2707
Atchison County website »

Audrain County

101 N. Jefferson St., Room 105
Mexico, Missouri
65265

Phone: (573) 473-5830
Fax: (573) 581-8087
Audrain County website »

Barry County

700 Main St, Room 6
Cassville, Missouri
65625

Phone: (417) 847-2914
Barry County website »

Barton County

1004 Gulf Street
Lamar, Missouri
64759

Phone: (417) 682-2110
Barton County website »

Bates County

103 W Dakota, Room 3
Butler, Missouri
64730

Phone: (660) 679-3611
Bates County website »

Benton County

316 Van Buren
Warsaw, Missouri
65335

Phone: (660) 438-5732
Fax: (660) 438-3652
Benton County website »

Bollinger County

204 High Street, Suite 6
Marble Hill, Missouri
63764

Phone: (573) 238-1900
Fax: (573) 238-2773
Bollinger County website »

Boone County

801 East Walnut, Rm. 132
Columbia, Missouri

Phone: (573) 886-4350
Boone County website »

Buchanan County

411 Jules St., Room 103
St. Joseph, Missouri

Phone: (816) 271-1437
Fax: (816) 271-1582
Buchanan County website »

Butler County

100 North Main Street
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
63901

Phone: (573) 686-8086
Butler County website »

Caldwell County

49 East Main
Kingston, Missouri
64650

Phone: (816) 586-3080
Caldwell County website »

Callaway County

10 E. 5th Street
Fulton, Missouri

Phone: (573) 642-0787
Callaway County website »

Camden County

1 Court Circle, Suite #5
Camdenton, Missouri
65020

Phone: (573) 346-4440
Camden County website »

Cape Girardeau County

#1 Barton Square Suite 203
Jackson, Missouri

Phone: (573) 243-8123
Fax: (573) 204-2477
Cape Girardeau County website »

Carroll County

8 S. Main St.
Carrollton, Missouri
64633

Phone: (660) 542-1466
Carroll County website »

Carter County

105 Main St
Van Buren, Missouri
63965

Phone: (573) 323-9656
Carter County website »

Cass County

102 E. Wall St.
Harrisonville, Missouri

Phone: (816) 380-8123
Cass County website »

Cedar County

113 South Street
Stockton, Missouri
65785

Phone: (417) 276-6700 ext 246
Cedar County website »

Chariton County

306 S Cherry St
Keytesville, Missouri

Phone: (660) 288-1005
Chariton County website »

Christian County

100 W. Church Room 104
Ozark, Missouri

Phone: (417) 582-4360
Christian County website »

City of St. Louis

1200 Market Street, Room 124
St. Louis, Missouri
63103

Phone: (314) 622-3257
City of St. Louis website »

Clark County

111 East Court Street, Suite 130
Kahoka, Missouri

Phone: (660) 727-8261
Clark County website »

Clay County

1 Courthouse Sq.
Liberty, Missouri
64068

Phone: (816) 407-3550
Fax: (816) 407-3551
Clay County website »

Clinton County

207 North Main Street
Plattsburg, Missouri
64477

Phone: (816) 539-3719
Fax: (816) 539-3893
Clinton County website »

Cole County

311 E High Street
Jefferson City, Missouri

Phone: (573) 634-9116
Fax: (573) 634-4631
Cole County website »

Cooper County

200 Main St #26
Boonville, Missouri

Phone: (660) 882-2161
Cooper County website »

Crawford County

302 Main Street
Steelville, Missouri
65565

Phone: (573) 775-5048
Crawford County website »

Dade County

300 W Water St
Greenfield, Missouri

Phone: (417) 637-5373
Dade County website »

Dallas County

108 N Maple St, Suite 10
Buffalo, Missouri
65622

Phone: (417) 345-2242
Dallas County website »

Daviess County

102 N Main St #2
Gallatin, Missouri

Phone: (660) 663-3183
Daviess County website »

DeKalb County

109 W Main St,
Maysville, Missouri
64469

Phone: (816) 449-5010 ext 6
DeKalb County website »

Dent County

112 E. Fifth St., Suite 2
Salem, Missouri

Phone: (573) 729-2198
Dent County website »

Douglas County

203 SE 2nd Ave
Ava, Missouri

Phone: (417) 683-1219
Douglas County website »

Dunklin County

204 Courthouse Square
Kennett, Missouri

Phone: (573) 888-3468
Dunklin County website »

Franklin County

400 E. Locust, Rm. 102
Union, Missouri

Phone: (636) 583-6367
Franklin County website »

Gasconade County

119 E. 1st St, Room 6
Hermann, Missouri
65041

Phone: (573) 486-2632
Gasconade County website »

Gentry County

200 West Clay St.
Albany, Missouri
64402

Phone: (660) 726-3618
Gentry County website »

Greene County

940 N Boonville Ave
Springfield, Missouri

Phone: (417) 868-4068
Fax: (417) 868-4807
Greene County website »

Grundy County

Grundy County Courthouse<br>700 Main Street, Suite 7
Trenton, Missouri
64683

Phone: (660) 359-4040 ext 7
Grundy County website »

Harrison County

1500 Central St
Bethany, Missouri

Phone: (660) 425-6425
Harrison County website »

Henry County

100 W Franklin
Clinton, Missouri
64735

Phone: (660) 885-7209
Henry County website »

Hickory County

100 West Polk Street, PO Box 101
Hermitage, Missouri

Phone: (417) 745-6833
Hickory County website »

Holt County

102 W Nodaway
Oregon, Missouri
64473

Phone: (660) 446-3301
Holt County website »

Howard County

1 Courthouse Sq # 8
Fayette, Missouri

Phone: (660) 248-2194
Howard County website »

Howell County

Court Square
West Plains, Missouri

Phone: (417) 256-3750
Howell County website »

Iron County

250 South Main St
Ironton, Missouri
63650

Phone: (573) 546-2811
Iron County website »

Jackson County

415 E. 12th Street, Room 104
Kansas City, Missouri

Phone: (816) 881-1576
Jackson County website »

Jasper County

302 South Main St.
Carthage, Missouri
64836

Phone: (417) 358-0431
Jasper County website »

Jefferson County

729 Maple St
Hillsboro, Missouri

Phone: (636) 797-5414
Jefferson County website »

Johnson County

300 N. Holden Street, Suite 305
Warrensburg, Missouri
64093

Phone: (660) 747-6811
Fax: (660) 747-0062
Johnson County website »

Knox County

107 N 4th St
Edina, Missouri
63537

Phone: (660) 397-4005
Fax: (660) 397-3331
Knox County website »

Laclede County

200 North Adams Street
Lebanon, Missouri
65536

Phone: (417) 532-4011
Fax: (417) 532-3852
Laclede County website »

Lafayette County

3520 S. Noland Rd, Suite C
Independence, Missouri
64055

Phone: (866) 864-1517
Lafayette County website »

Lawrence County

1 Courthouse Square
Mt. Vernon, Missouri
65712

Phone: (417) 466-2670
Fax: (417) 466-4995
Lawrence County website »

Lewis County

100 E. Lafayette
Monticello, Missouri
63457

Phone: (573) 767-5440
Lewis County website »

Lincoln County

201 Main Street, Suite 203
Troy, Missouri
63379

Phone: (636) 528-0325
Fax: (636) 528-2665
Lincoln County website »

Linn County

108 N High St, Room 204
Linneus, Missouri
64653

Phone: (660) 895-5216
Linn County website »

Livingston County

700 Webster St., Suite 6
Chillicothe, Missouri
64601

Phone: (660) 646-8000
Fax: (660) 646-5402
Livingston County website »

Macon County

101 E. Washington St., Building 3 Suite 300
Macon, Missouri

Phone: (660) 385-2732
Fax: (660) 395-4022
Macon County website »

Madison County

1 Court Square
Fredericktown, Missouri
63645

Phone: (573) 783-3410 Option 1
Fax: (573) 783-5351
Madison County website »

Maries County

211 4th Street
Vienna, Missouri
65582

Phone: (573) 422-3388
Fax: (573) 422-3269
Maries County website »

Marion County

100 S. Main St., P.O. Box 392
Palmyra, Missouri

Phone: (573) 769-7001
Fax: (573) 769-6012
Marion County website »

McDonald County

602 Main Street
Pineville, Missouri
64856

Phone: (417) 223-7523
Fax: (417) 223-2881
McDonald County website »

Mercer County

802 E Main St
Princeton, Missouri

Phone: (660) 748-4335
Mercer County website »

Miller County

2001 Hwy. 52
Tuscumbia, Missouri
65082

Phone: (573) 369-1935
Fax: (573) 369-1939
Miller County website »

Mississippi County

200 N. Main. St., 2nd Floor
Charleston, Missouri
63834

Phone: (573) 683-2146
Mississippi County website »

Moniteau County

200 E Main St
California, Missouri

Phone: (573) 796-4661
Moniteau County website »

Monroe County

300 N. Main, Rm 101
Paris, Missouri

Phone: (660) 327-4320
Fax: (660) 327-5063
Monroe County website »

Montgomery County

451 W. Third St.
Dayton, Missouri
45422

Phone: (937) 225-4275
Fax: (937) 225-5980
Montgomery County website »

Morgan County

100 E. Newton St.
Versailles, Missouri
65084

Phone: (573) 378-4029
Fax: (573) 378-6431
Morgan County website »

New Madrid County

450 Main St.
New Madrid, Missouri

Phone: (573) 748-5146
New Madrid County website »

Newton County

101 South Wood Street, NE Corner of the Main Floor
Neosho, Missouri
64850

Phone: (417) 451-8224
Fax: (417) 451-8273
Newton County website »

Nodaway County

403 N. Market Street, Room 104
Maryville, Missouri
64468

Phone: (660) 582-5711
Fax: (660) 582-5711
Nodaway County website »

Oregon County

Unlisted
Alton, Missouri

Phone: (417) 778-7475
Oregon County website »

Osage County

205 E. MAIN STREET, P.O. BOX 110
Linneus, Missouri

Phone: (573) 897-2136
Osage County website »

Ozark County

1 Court Square
Gainesville, Missouri
65655

Phone: (417) 679-3516
Ozark County website »

Pemiscot County

610 Ward Avenue, Suite 1A
Caruthersville, Missouri
63830

Phone: (573) 333-2204
Pemiscot County website »

Perry County

15 W St. Marie Street, Suite 1
Perryville, Missouri

Phone: (573) 547-1611
Fax: (573) 547-3879
Perry County website »

Pettis County

415 South Ohio Ave, Suite 214
Sedalia, Missouri
65301

Phone: (660) 826-5000 ext 918
Fax: (660) 829-4479
Pettis County website »

Phelps County

200 N Main St, Room 133
Rolla, Missouri
65401

Phone: (573) 458-6095
Fax: (573) 458-6098
Phelps County website »

Pike County

115 W Main St #2
Bowling Green, Missouri

Phone: (573) 324-5567
Fax: (573) 324-5210
Pike County website »

Platte County

415 Third St., Room 110
Platte City, Missouri
64079

Phone: (816) 858-3326
Platte County website »

Polk County

102 E Broadway St # 8
Bolivar, Missouri

Phone: (417) 326-4924
Polk County website »

Pulaski County

301 Rte 66 # 202
Waynesville, Missouri

Phone: (573) 774-4760
Pulaski County website »

Putnam County

1601 Main St #201
Unionville, Missouri

Phone: (660) 947-3900
Putnam County website »

Ralls County

311 S Main Street
New London, Missouri
63459

Phone: (573) 985-5631
Fax: (573) 985-5630
Ralls County website »

Randolph County

372 Highway JJ, Suite 1H
Huntsville, Missouri
65259

Phone: (844) 277-6555 ext 330
Fax: (660) 277-4601
Randolph County website »

Ray County

100 West Main Street
Richmond, Missouri
64085

Phone: (816) 776-4500
Ray County website »

Reynolds County

2319 Green Street
Centerville, Missouri
63633

Phone: (573) 648-2494
Fax: (573) 648-2503
Reynolds County website »

Ripley County

100 Court House Square, Room 3
Doniphan, Missouri
63935

Phone: (573) 996-7941
Ripley County website »

Saline County

19 Arrow Street, Room 206
Marshall, Missouri
65340

Phone: (660) 886-2677
Fax: (660) 831-0649
Saline County website »

Schuyler County

1 Courthouse Sq
Lancaster, Missouri

Phone: (660) 457-3784
Schuyler County website »

Scotland County

117 South Market Street, Suite 106
Memphis, Missouri
63555

Phone: (660) 465-2284
Fax: (660) 465-2408
Scotland County website »

Scott County

131 S Winchester St
Benton, Missouri

Phone: (573) 545-3551
Fax: (573) 545-3551
Scott County website »

Shannon County

113 Main St
Eminence, Missouri

Phone: (573) 226-3313
Shannon County website »

Shelby County

100 East Main
Shelbyville, Missouri
63469

Phone: (573) 633-2821
Shelby County website »

St. Charles County

201 N. Second St., Suite 338
St. Charles, Missouri
63301

Phone: (636) 949-7505
Fax: (636) 949-7512
St. Charles County website »

St. Clair County

655 2nd St
Osceola, Missouri
64776

Phone: (417) 646-2950
Fax: (417) 646-2951
St. Clair County website »

St. Francois County

1 West Liberty Street, Annex Building, Suite 100
Farmington, Missouri
63640

Phone: (573) 756-2323
St. Francois County website »

St. Louis County

41 South Central Ave
Clayton, Missouri
63105

Phone: (314) 615-7100
St. Louis County website »

Ste. Genevieve County

55 S. Third St., Room 3
Genevieve, Missouri
63670

Phone: (573) 883-2706
Fax: (573) 883-5312
Ste. Genevieve County website »

Stoddard County

401 N Prairie St
Bloomfield, Missouri

Phone: (573) 568-3444
Stoddard County website »

Stone County

108-A East Fourth Street
Galena, Missouri
65656

Phone: (417) 357-6362
Fax: (417) 357-8131
Stone County website »

Sullivan County

109 N Main St, Suite 20
Milan, Missouri
63556

Phone: (660) 265-3630
Sullivan County website »

Taney County

132 David Street
Forsyth, Missouri
65653

Phone: (417) 546-7234
Fax: (417) 546-9021
Taney County website »

Texas County

210 North Grand Avenue, Suite 209
Houston, Missouri
65483

Phone: (417) 967-8438
Fax: (417) 967-8760
Texas County website »

Vernon County

100 W Cherry St, Room 11
Nevada, Missouri
64772

Phone: (417) 448-2520
Vernon County website »

Warren County

101 Mockingbird Lane, Ste. 303
Warrenton, Missouri

Phone: (636) 456-9800
Warren County website »

Washington County

102 North Missouri Street
Potosi, Missouri
63664

Phone: (573) 438-6111
Washington County website »

Wayne County

109 Walnut Street
Greenville, Missouri
63944

Phone: (573) 224-5600
Fax: (573) 224-5366
Wayne County website »

Webster County

101 N Crittenden
Marshfield, Missouri

Phone: (417) 859-5882
Fax: (417) 468-3843
Webster County website »

Worth County

11 West Fourth Street, PO Box 14
Grant City, Missouri

Phone: (660) 564-2484
Worth County website »

Wright County

125 Court Square
Hartville, Missouri

Phone: (417) 741-7322
Wright County website »