Missouri Marriage Laws

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.

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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

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Andrew County

411 Court Street
Savannah, Missouri

Phone: (816) 324-4221
Fax: (816) 324-5667
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Atchison County

400 Washington
Rock Port, Missouri

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Audrain County

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

Phone: (573) 473-5830
Fax: (573) 581-8087
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Barry County

700 Main St #2
Cassville, Missouri

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Barton County

1004 Gulf Street
Lamar, Missouri

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Bates County

1 North Delaware
Butler, Missouri

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Benton County

316 Van Buren
Warsaw, Missouri

Phone: (660) 438-5732
Fax: (660) 438-3652
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Bollinger County

204 High Street, Suite 6
Marble Hill, Missouri

Phone: (573) 238-1900
Fax: (573) 238-2773
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Boone County

801 East Walnut, Rm. 132
Columbia, Missouri

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Buchanan County

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

Phone: (816) 271-1437
Fax: (816) 271-1582
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Butler County

100 North Main Street
Poplar Bluff, Missouri

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Caldwell County

49 East Main
Kingston, Missouri

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Callaway County

10 E. 5th Street
Fulton, Missouri

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Camden County

1 Court Circle, Suite #5
Camdenton, Missouri

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Cape Girardeau County

#1 Barton Square Suite 203
Jackson, Missouri

Phone: (573) 243-8123
Fax: (573) 204-2477
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Carroll County

8 S Main St
Carrollton, Missouri

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Carter County

105 Main St
Van Buren, Missouri

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Cass County

102 E. Wall St.
Harrisonville, Missouri

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Cedar County

113 South Street
Stockton, Missouri

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Chariton County

306 S Cherry St
Keytesville, Missouri

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Christian County

100 W. Church Room 104
Ozark, Missouri

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City of St. Louis

1200 Market Street, Room 118
St. Louis, Missouri

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Clark County

111 East Court Street, Suite 130
Kahoka, Missouri

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Clay County

1 Courthouse Sq.
Liberty, Missouri

Phone: (816) 407-3550
Fax: (816) 407-3551
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Clinton County

207 North Main Street
Plattsburg, Missouri

Phone: (816) 539-3719
Fax: (816) 539-3893
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Cole County

311 E High Street
Jefferson City, Missouri

Phone: (573) 634-9116
Fax: (573) 634-4631
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Cooper County

200 Main St #26
Boonville, Missouri

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Crawford County

302 Main Street
Steelville, Missouri

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Dade County

300 W Water St
Greenfield, Missouri

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Dallas County

108 N Maple St # 10
Buffalo, Missouri

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Daviess County

102 N Main St #2
Gallatin, Missouri

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DeKalb County

109 W Main St, PO Box 248
Maysville, Missouri

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Dent County

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

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Douglas County

203 SE 2nd Ave
Ava, Missouri

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Dunklin County

204 Courthouse Square
Kennett, Missouri

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Franklin County

400 E. Locust, Rm. 102
Union, Missouri

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Gasconade County

119 E 1st St #6
Hermann, Missouri

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Gentry County

200 West Clay St.
Albany, Missouri

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Greene County

940 N Boonville Ave
Springfield, Missouri

Phone: (417) 868-4068
Fax: (417) 868-4807
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Grundy County

700 Main St., POB 196
Trenton, Missouri

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Harrison County

1500 Central St
Bethany, Missouri

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Henry County

100 W Franklin
Clinton, Missouri

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Hickory County

100 West Polk Street, PO Box 101
Hermitage, Missouri

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Holt County

102 W Nodaway, PO Box 318
Oregon, Missouri

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Howard County

1 Courthouse Sq # 8
Fayette, Missouri

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Howell County

Court Square
West Plains, Missouri

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Iron County

2 South Sixth – Suite 11
Crystal Falls, Missouri

Phone: (906) 875-3221
Fax: (906) 875-0658
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Jackson County

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

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Jasper County

302 South Main St.
Carthage, Missouri

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Jefferson County

729 Maple St
Hillsboro, Missouri

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Johnson County

300 N. Holden Street, Suite 305
Warrensburg, Missouri

Phone: (660) 747-6811
Fax: (660) 747-0062
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Knox County

107 N 4th St
Edina, Missouri

Phone: (660) 397-4005
Fax: (660) 397-3331
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Laclede County

200 North Adams Street
Lebanon, Missouri

Phone: (417) 532-4011
Fax: (417) 532-3852
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Lafayette County

3520 S. Noland Rd, Suite C
Independence, Missouri

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Lawrence County

1 Courthouse Square
Mt. Vernon, Missouri

Phone: (417) 466-2670
Fax: (417) 466-4995
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Lewis County

100 E. Lafayette
Monticello, Missouri

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Lincoln County

201 Main Street, Suite 203
Troy, Missouri

Phone: (636) 528-0325
Fax: (636) 528-2665
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Linn County

108 N High St # 204
Linneus, Missouri

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Livingston County

700 Webster St., Ste. 6
Chillicothe, Missouri

Phone: (660) 646-8000
Fax: (660) 646-5402
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Macon County

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

Phone: (660) 385-2732
Fax: (660) 395-4022
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Madison County

1 Court Square
Fredericktown, Missouri

Phone: (573) 783-3410
Fax: (573) 783-5351
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Maries County

211 4th Street
Vienna, Missouri

Phone: (573) 422-3540
Fax: (573) 422-3859
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Marion County

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

Phone: (573) 769-7001
Fax: (573) 769-6012
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McDonald County

Recorder of Deeds, P.O. Box 606
Pineville, Missouri

Phone: (417) 223-7523
Fax: (417) 223-2881
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Mercer County

802 E Main St
Princeton, Missouri

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Miller County

2001 Hwy. 52 (P. O. Box 11)
Tuscumbia, Missouri

Phone: (573) 369-1935
Fax: (573) 369-1939
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Mississippi County

200 N. Main. St., 2nd Floor, PO Box 369
Charleston, Missouri

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Moniteau County

200 E Main St
California, Missouri

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Monroe County

300 N. Main, Rm 101
Paris, Missouri

Phone: (660) 327-4320
Fax: (660) 327-5063
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Montgomery County

451 W. Third St., P.O. Box 972
Dayton, Missouri

Phone: (937) 225-4275
Fax: (937) 225-5980
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Morgan County

100 E. Newton St.
Versailles, Missouri

Phone: (573) 378-4029
Fax: (573) 378-6431
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New Madrid County

450 Main St.
New Madrid, Missouri

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Newton County

101 S Wood St # 206
Neosho, Missouri

Phone: (417) 451-8224
Fax: (417) 451-8273
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Nodaway County

403 N. Market Street, Room 104
Maryville, Missouri

Phone: (660) 582-5711
Fax: (660) 582-5711
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Oregon County

Unlisted
Alton, Missouri

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Osage County

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

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Ozark County

CT Sq
Gainesville, Missouri

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Pemiscot County

610 Ward Avenue, Suite 1A
Caruthersville, Missouri

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Perry County

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

Phone: (573) 547-1611
Fax: (573) 547-3879
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Pettis County

415 South Ohio Ave Suite 106
Sedalia, Missouri

Phone: (660) 826-5000
Fax: (660) 829-4479
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Phelps County

200 N Main St #133
Rolla, Missouri

Phone: (573) 458-6095
Fax: (573) 458-6098
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Pike County

115 W Main St #2
Bowling Green, Missouri

Phone: (573) 324-5567
Fax: (573) 324-5210
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Platte County

415 Third St., Room 110
Platte City, Missouri

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Polk County

102 E Broadway St # 8
Bolivar, Missouri

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Pulaski County

301 Rte 66 # 202
Waynesville, Missouri

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Putnam County

1601 Main St #201
Unionville, Missouri

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Ralls County

311 S Main Street
New London, Missouri

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

Randolph County

372 Highway JJ 1H
Huntsville, Missouri

Phone: (844) 277-6555
Fax: (660) 277-4273
Randolph County website »

Ray County

100 W. Main St.
Richmond, Missouri

Ray County website »

Reynolds County

2319 GREEN STREET PO BOX 76
CENTERVILLE, Missouri

Phone: (573) 648-2494
Fax: (573) 648-2503
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Ripley County

100 Court House Square #3
Doniphan, Missouri

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Saline County

19 Arrow Street, Room 206
Marshall, Missouri

Phone: (660) 886-2677
Fax: (660) 831-0649
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Schuyler County

1 Courthouse Sq
Lancaster, Missouri

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Scotland County

117 South Market Street, Suite 106
Memphis, Missouri

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

Shannon County website »

Shelby County

100 East Main, PO Box 188
Shelbyville, Missouri

Shelby County website »

St. Charles County

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

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

St. Clair County

655 2nd St.
Osceola, Missouri

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

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St. Louis County

41 South Central Ave
Clayton, Missouri

St. Louis County website »

Ste. Genevieve County

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

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

Stoddard County

401 N Prairie St
Bloomfield, Missouri

Stoddard County website »

Stone County

108-A East fourth Street, PO Box 186
Galena, Missouri

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

Sullivan County

109 N Main St #20
Milan, Missouri

Sullivan County website »

Taney County

132 David Street, P.O. Box 428
Forsyth, Missouri

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

Texas County

210 North Grand Avenue Suite 209
Houston, Missouri

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

Vernon County

100 W Cherry St # 11
Nevada, Missouri

Vernon County website »

Warren County

101 Mockingbird Lane, Ste. 303
Warrenton, Missouri

Warren County website »

Washington County

102 North Missouri Street
Potosi, Missouri

Washington County website »

Wayne County

109 WALNUT ST. PO BOX 47
GREENVILLE, Missouri

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

Worth County website »

Wright County

125 Court Square
Hartville, Missouri

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