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Missouri Marriage Laws

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.

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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
Kirksville, Missouri
63501

Phone: (660) 665-3350
Fax: (660) 785-3233
Adair County website »

Andrew County

411 Court St
Savannah, Missouri
64485

Phone: (816) 324-3624
Fax: (816) 324-6154
Andrew County website »

Atchison County

400 S. Washington
Rock Port, Missouri
64482

Phone: (660) 744-6214
Fax: (660) 744-5499
Atchison County website »

Audrain County

101 N. Jefferson
Mexico, Missouri
65265

Phone: (573) 473-5820
Fax: (573) 581-2380
Audrain County website »

Barry County

700 Main
Cassville, Missouri
65625

Phone: (417) 847-2561
Fax: (417) 847-5311
Barry County website »

Barton County

1004 Gulf
Lamar, Missouri
64759

Phone: (417) 682-3529
Fax: (417) 682-4100
Barton County website »

Bates County

1 N. Delaware
Butler, Missouri
64730

Phone: (660) 679-3371
Fax: (660) 679-9922
Bates County website »

Benton County

PO Box 37
Warsaw, Missouri
65355

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

Bollinger County

PO Box 49
Marble Hill, Missouri
63764

Phone: (573) 238-1900 ext 7
Fax: (573) 238-2674
Bollinger County website »

Boone County

801 E. Walnut
Columbia, Missouri
65201

Phone: (573) 886-4345
Fax: (573) 886-4359
Boone County website »

Buchanan County

411 Jules
St. Joseph, Missouri
64501

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

Butler County

100 N Main
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
63901

Phone: (573) 686-8487
Fax: (573) 778-8014
Butler County website »

Caldwell County

49 E Main
Kingston, Missouri
64650

Phone: (816) 586-3080
Fax: (816) 586-1252
Caldwell County website »

Callaway County

10 E. Fifth St.
Fulton, Missouri
65251

Phone: (573) 642-0787
Fax: (573) 642-7929
Callaway County website »

Camden County

1 Court Circle
Camdenton, Missouri
65020

Phone: (573) 346-4440 ext 233
Fax: (573) 346-8367
Camden County website »

Cape Girardeau County

PO Box 248
Jackson, Missouri
63755

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

Carroll County

PO Box 245
Carrollton, Missouri
64633

Phone: (660) 542-1466
Fax: (660) 542-1444
Carroll County website »

Carter County

PO Box 1107
Van Buren, Missouri
63965

Phone: (573) 323-9656
Fax: (573) 323-4885
Carter County website »

Cass County

102 E Wall St
Harrisonville, Missouri
64701

Phone: (816) 380-8123
Fax: (816) 380-8165
Cass County website »

Cedar County

PO Box 607
Stockton, Missouri
65785

Phone: (417) 276-6700 ext 246
Fax: (417) 276-5499
Cedar County website »

Chariton County

306 S Cherry
Keytesville, Missouri
65261

Phone: (660) 288-3602
Fax: (660) 288-3763
Chariton County website »

Christian County

100 W Church St
Ozark, Missouri
65721

Phone: (417) 581-9941
Fax: (417) 581-9943
Christian County website »

Clark County

111 E Court
Kahoka, Missouri
63445

Phone: (660) 727-3292
Fax: (660) 727-1051
Clark County website »

Clay County

PO box 238
Liberty, Missouri
64069

Phone: (816) 407-3552
Fax: (816) 407-3601
Clay County website »

Clinton County

PO Box 275
Plattsburg, Missouri
64477

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

Cole County

PO Box 353
Jefferson City, Missouri
65102

Phone: (573) 634-9115
Fax: (573) 634-4631
Cole County website »

Cooper County

200 Main St
Boonville, Missouri
65233

Phone: (660) 882-2161
Fax: (660) 882-2155
Cooper County website »

Crawford County

PO Box 236
Steelville, Missouri
65565

Phone: (573) 775-5048
Fax: (573) 775-3365
Crawford County website »

Dade County

300 W Water St
Greenfield, Missouri
65661

Phone: (417) 637-5373
Fax: (417) 637-1006
Dade County website »

Dallas County

PO Box 406
Buffalo, Missouri
65622

Phone: (417) 345-2242
Fax: (417) 345-2230
Dallas County website »

Daviess County

PO Box 132
Gallatin, Missouri
64640

Phone: (660) 663-3183
Fax: (660) 663-3376
Daviess County website »

DeKalb County

112 E. Fifth St.
Salem, Missouri
65560

Phone: (573) 729-2198
Fax: (573) 729-9414
DeKalb County website »

Dent County

PO Box 248
Maysville, Missouri
64469

Phone: (816) 449-2602
Fax: (816) 449-2440
Dent County website »

Douglas County

PO Box 1528
Ava, Missouri
65608

Phone: (417) 683-1219
Fax: (417) 683-2794
Douglas County website »

Dunklin County

PO Box 389
Kennett, Missouri
63857

Phone: (573) 888-3468
Fax: (573) 888-8956
Dunklin County website »

Franklin County

400 E Locust
Union, Missouri
63084

Phone: (636) 583-6367
Fax: (636) 583-7330
Franklin County website »

Gasconade County

119 E. First St.
Hermann, Missouri
65041

Phone: (573) 486-2632
Fax: (573) 486-5812
Gasconade County website »

Gentry County

PO Box 27
Albany, Missouri
64402

Phone: (660) 726-3618
Fax: (660) 726-4102
Gentry County website »

Greene County

940 Boonville
Springfield, Missouri
65802

Phone: (417) 868-4068
Fax: (417) 829-6646
Greene County website »

Grundy County

700 Main
Trenton, Missouri
64683

Phone: (660) 359-5409
Fax: (660) 359-6604
Grundy County website »

Harrison County

PO Box 189
Bethany, Missouri
64424

Phone: (660) 425-6425
Fax: (660) 425-6390
Harrison County website »

Henry County

100 W Franklin
PO Box 4
Clinton, Missouri
64735

Phone: (660) 885-7211
Fax: (660) 885-2264
Henry County website »

Hickory County

PO Box 345
Hermitage, Missouri
65668

Phone: (417) 745-6421
Fax: (417) 745-6670
Hickory County website »

Holt County

PO Box 318
Oregon, Missouri
64473

Phone: (660) 446-3301
Fax: (660) 446-3328
Holt County website »

Howard County

Howard County Courthouse
Fayette, Missouri
65248

Phone: (660) 248-2194
Fax: (660) 248-5009
Howard County website »

Howell County

PO Box 967
West Plains, Missouri
65775

Phone: (417) 256-3741
Fax: (417) 256-4650
Howell County website »

Iron County

PO Box 24
Ironton, Missouri
63650

Phone: (573) 546-2811
Fax: (573) 546-2166
Iron County website »

Jackson County

415 E. 12th St.
Kansas City, Missouri
64106

Phone: (816) 881-1210
Fax: (816) 881-3719
Jackson County website »

Jasper County

PO Box 387
Carthage, Missouri
64836

Phone: (417) 358-0431
Fax: (417) 359-1200
Jasper County website »

Jefferson County

PO Box 100
Hillsboro, Missouri
63050

Phone: (636) 797-5419
Fax: (636) 797-6310
Jefferson County website »

Johnson County

300 N Holden
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 N. Adams Ave.
Lebanon, Missouri
65536

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

Lafayette County

11 E Main
PO Box 416
Lexington, Missouri
64067

Phone: (660) 259-6178
Fax: (660) 259-2918
Lafayette County website »

Lawrence County

PO Box 449
Mt. Vernon, Missouri
65712

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

Lewis County

PO Box 97
Monticello, Missouri
63457

Phone: (573) 767-5440
Fax: (573) 767-5378
Lewis County website »

Lincoln County

201 Main St.
Troy, Missouri
63379

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

Linn County

Linneus, Missouri
64653

Phone: (660) 895-5216
Fax: (660) 895-5379
Linn County website »

Livingston County

700 Webster St.
Chillicothe, Missouri
64601

Phone: (660) 646-0166
Fax: (660) 646-2734
Livingston County website »

Macon County

PO Box 382
Macon, Missouri
63552

Phone: (660) 385-4631
Fax: (660) 385-4235
Macon County website »

Madison County

1 Courthouse Sq
Fredericktown, Missouri
63645

Phone: (573) 783-3410
Fax: (573) 783-2715
Madison County website »

Maries County

PO Box 213
Vienna, Missouri
65582

Phone: (573) 422-3338
Fax: (573) 422-3976
Maries County website »

Marion County

PO Box 392
Palmyra, Missouri
63461

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

McDonald County

PO Box 6067
Pineville, Missouri
64856

Phone: (417) 223-7513
Fax: (417) 223-4125
McDonald County website »

Mercer County

802 E Main St
Princeton, Missouri
64673

Phone: (660) 748-4335
Fax: (660) 748-4339
Mercer County website »

Miller County

PO Box 12
Tuscumbia, Missouri
65082

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

Mississippi County

PO Box 369
Charleston, Missouri
63834

Phone: (573) 683-2146 ext 226
Fax: (573) 683-7696
Mississippi County website »

Moniteau County

200 E Main
California, Missouri
65018

Phone: (573) 796-2071
Fax: (573) 796-2591
Moniteau County website »

Monroe County

300 N Main
Paris, Missouri
65275

Phone: (660) 327-1131
Fax: (660) 327-1130
Monroe County website »

Montgomery County

310 Salisbury St
Montgomery City, Missouri
63361

Phone: (573) 564-3157
Fax: (573) 564-3914
Montgomery County website »

Morgan County

211 E. Newton
Versailles, Missouri
65084

Phone: (573) 378-4029
Fax: (573) 378-6497
Morgan County website »

New Madrid County

PO Box 217
New Madrid, Missouri
63869

Phone: (573) 748-5146
Fax: (573) 748-8969
New Madrid County website »

Newton County

PO box 604
Neosho, Missouri
64850

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

Nodaway County

305 N. Main
Maryville, Missouri
64468

Phone: (660) 582-5711
Fax: (660) 582-5282
Nodaway County website »

Oregon County

PO Box 406
Alton, Missouri
65606

Phone: (417) 778-7460
Fax: (417) 778-7206
Oregon County website »

Osage County

PO Box 825
Linn, Missouri
65051

Phone: (573) 897-3095
Fax: (573) 897-4075
Osage County website »

Ozark County

PO Box 36
Gainesville, Missouri
65655

Phone: (417) 679-4232 ext 145
Fax: (417) 679-4554
Ozark County website »

Pemiscot County

610 Ward Av
Caruthersville, Missouri
63830

Phone: (573) 333-2204
Fax: (573) 333-0440
Pemiscot County website »

Perry County

15 W Ste Maries
Perryville, Missouri
63775

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

Pettis County

415 S. Ohio
Sedalia, Missouri
65301

Phone: (660) 826-5000 ext 431
Fax: (660) 829-4479
Pettis County website »

Phelps County

200 N. Main St.
Rolla, Missouri
65401

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

Pike County

115 W. Main
Bowling Green, Missouri
63334

Phone: (573) 324-5567
Fax: (573) 324-3150
Pike County website »

Platte County

415 3rd st
Platte City, Missouri
64079

Phone: (816) 858-1832
Fax: (816) 858-2379
Platte County website »

Polk County

102 E Brdwy
Bolivar, Missouri
65613

Phone: (417) 326-4924
Fax: (417) 326-6898
Polk County website »

Pulaski County

301 Historic 66
Waynesville, Missouri
65583

Phone: (573) 774-4755
Fax: (573) 774-6967
Pulaski County website »

Putnam County

Unionville, Missouri
63565

Phone: (660) 947-3295
Fax: (660) 947-2320
Putnam County website »

Ralls County

PO Box 466
New London, Missouri
63459

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

Randolph County

110 S. Main
Huntsville, Missouri
65259

Phone: (660) 277-4718
Fax: (660) 277-3246
Randolph County website »

Ray County

PO Box 167
Richmond, Missouri
64085

Phone: (816) 776-4500
Fax: (819) 776-4512
Ray County website »

Reynolds County

PO Box 76
Centerville, Missouri
63633

Phone: (573) 648-2494 ext29
Fax: (573) 648-2503
Reynolds County website »

Ripley County

100 Courthouse Sq
Doniphan, Missouri
63935

Phone: (573) 996-7941
Fax: (573) 996-9706
Ripley County website »

Saline County

Saline County Courthouse
Marshall, Missouri
65340

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

Schuyler County

PO Box 186
Lancaster, Missouri
63548

Phone: (660) 457-3784
Fax: (660) 457-3016
Schuyler County website »

Scotland County

117 S Market
Memphis, Missouri
63555

Phone: (660) 465-8605
Fax: (660) 465-2284
Scotland County website »

Scott County

PO Box 78
Benton, Missouri
63736

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

Shannon County

PO Box 148
Eminence, Missouri
65466

Phone: (573) 226-3315
Fax: (573) 226-5321
Shannon County website »

Shelby County

PO Box 188
Shelbyville, Missouri
63469

Phone: (573) 633-2821
Fax: (573) 633-1004
Shelby County website »

St. Charles County

201N. Second
St. Charles, Missouri
63301

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

St. Clair County

PO Box 323
Osceola, Missouri


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

St. Francois County

101 W Liberty
Farmington, Missouri
63640

Phone: (573) 756-2323
Fax: (573) 701-0407
St. Francois County website »

St. Louis City

Marriage License Department
City Hall, Room 127
St. Louis, Missouri
63103

St. Louis City website »

St. Louis County

41 S Central Ave
Recorder of Deeds 4th Floor
Clayton, Missouri
63105

St. Louis County website »

Ste. Genevieve County

55 S. Third St.
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
63670

Phone: (573)883-5779 option 8 ext 140
Fax: (573) 883-5312
Ste. Genevieve County website »

Stoddard County

PO Box 217
Bloomfield, Missouri
63825

Phone: (573) 568-3444
Fax: (573) 568-2545
Stoddard County website »

Stone County

PO Box 186
Galena, Missouri
65656

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

Sullivan County

Milan, Missouri
63556

Phone: (660) 265-3630
Fax: (660) 265-5071
Sullivan County website »

Taney County

PO Box 428
Forsyth, Missouri
65653

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

Texas County

210 N .Grand
Houston, Missouri
65483

Phone: (417) 967-3742
Fax: (417) 967-4220
Texas County website »

Vernon County

100 W Cherry
Nevada, Missouri
64772

Phone: (417) 448-2520
Fax: (417) 448-2524
Vernon County website »

Warren County

104 W. Main
Warrenton, Missouri
63383

Phone: (636) 456-9800
Fax: (636) 456-2422
Warren County website »

Washington County

102 N. Missouri St.
Potosi, Missouri
63664

Phone: (573) 438-5023
Fax: (573) 438-7900
Washington County website »

Wayne County

PO Box 47
Greenville, Missouri
63944

Phone: (573) 224-3015
Fax: (573) 224-3225
Wayne County website »

Webster County

PO Box 546
Marshfield, Missouri
65706

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

Worth County

PO Box 14
Grant City, Missouri
64456

Phone: (660) 564-2484
Fax: (660) 564-2432
Worth County website »

Wright County

PO Box 39
Hartville, Missouri
65667

Phone: (417) 741-7322
Fax: (417) 741-7504
Wright County website »