Your Magical DayTM Marriage License Information
GET YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE FIRST AT THE RECORDER OF DEEDS!
YOU CAN'T GET MARRIED WITHOUT IT!
Information on where to obtain your marriage license in Missouri
MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION
(we check this information frequently to make sure it is up to date
- Keep in mind that most judges will NOT perform marriages anymore)
The following is a list of where MISSOURI Marriage Licenses can be obtained in the Greater Kansas City area:
COURTHOUSE HOURS: M-F 8am-5pm (some will not accept applications after 4:00pm)
JACKSON COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
415 E. 12th Street Room 104, Kansas City, MO 64106 Phone: (816) 881-1577
112 W. Lexington Avenue, Independence, MO
CLAY COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
1 Courthouse Square, Liberty, MO 64068 Phone: (816) 407-3550
Clay County Annex: 1901 NE 48th Street, Kansas City, MO 64118 (The Annex is located next to Northgate Middle School and is not far from our chapel!)
JOHNSON COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
300 N Holden Street Suite 305, Warrensburg, MO 64093 Phone: (660) 747-6811
PLATTE COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
415 Third Street, Suite 70, Platte City, MO 64079 Phone: (816) 858-3326
PETTIS COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
415 South Ohio Street, Suite 106, Sedalia, MO 65301 Phone: (660) 826-5000 x.922
HENRY COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
100 W Franklin, Clinton, MO 64735 Phone: (660) 885-7209
BUCHANAN COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
411 Jules Street, Room 103, St. Joseph, MO 64106 Phone: (816) 271-1437
RAY COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
100 W Main Street, Richmond, MO 64085 (816) 776-4502
CASS COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
102 E Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701 Phone: (816) 380-8123
LAFAYETTE COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
1001 Main Street, Room 207, Lexington, MO 64067 Phone: (660) 259-6178
BENTON COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
316 Van Buren Street, Warsaw, MO 65355 Phone: (660) 438-5732
CALDWELL COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
49 East Main, Kingston, MO 64650 Phone: (816) 586-3080
BOONE COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
801 East Walnut, Room 132, Columbia, MO 65201 Phone: (573) 886-4345
CAMDEN COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
1 Court Circle, Suite 5, Camdenton, MO 65020 Phone: (573) 346-4440 ex 1300
MISSOURI MARRIAGE LICENSE
A MISSOURI marriage license is required for all marriages that take place at our CHAPEL. It doesn't matter what county it is from and you don't have to live in that county or even in Missouri!
A Missouri marriage license can ONLY be used for ceremonies taking place in the State of Missouri. It is now required to have 2 witnesses in Missouri. Marriage Licenses in Missouri cost $50. Some offices require cash (exact amount as they do not make change - Platte County is one) while other counties may also accept credit or debit cards. (We suggest you call the county ahead of time to determine their hours and method of payment required)
Individuals must be at least 18 years old to obtain a marriage license; however, with parental consent one can be granted at age 15. No blood test is required and there is no waiting period in Missouri. When you apply for your license, you wait while the information is filled out and you leave with your license in hand.
Both parties must appear together to apply for license; both must provide social security numbers (no social security card is required) and one piece of identification (Drivers License, Missouri ID, US Passport, Foreign Passport, Military ID, Certified Copy of US Birth Certificate plus US government issued Photo ID or Government ID Card with government ID number. NO BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED.
If either party is divorced or widowed, applicant must provide the month/year the last marriage ended. A 30 day waiting period is required once a divorce is finalized for an applicant to re-marry. HOWEVER, Jackson County's DOWNTOWN Location does not enforce this and requires no waiting period for re-marriage after divorce. Once marriage license is issued it is only good for 30 DAYS. Marriage MUST take place within that 30 day time period or license must be returned! So HURRY UP! Get your license and either walk in or make your appointment with us! Being married is AWESOME!
A WORD ABOUT WITNESSES
Missouri State Law Dictates that 2 witnesses must sign the marriage license in order for it to be valid. There is no stipulation of age requirement - CHILDREN may be witnesses as long as they can sign their name and understand what they are witnessing.
That being said, JACKSON COUNTY does NOT require witness signatures on their marriage licenses so if you want to come alone we suggest purchasing your Marriage License from Jackson County.
RETURNING THE LICENSE
Clay County, and most other counties, mandate that only the wedding officiant may return the marriage license. We will file your license promptly and the counties are very prudent about returning Marriage License to the couple quickly. The ONLY exception they will make for a couple to bring their license in for immediate recording is for MILITARY couples.
Please understand when we file for you that we are abiding by State law. JACKSON COUNTY, on the other hand, DOES allow couples to file their own marriage licenses. The advantage in doing so is to get the license back immediately so name changes can be applied for immediately. YOUR MAGICAL DAY strives to cooperate fully with each county and with state law.
Jackson County Marriage License Clay County Marriage License
KANSAS MARRIAGE LICENSE
If you are getting married in the State of Kansas, here are the requirements, which are different than Missouri:
State of Kansas
Marriage License Requirements
Kansas marriage license fee is $85.50 and you can payin cash, money order or cashiers check (made payable to the "Clerk of the District Court") OR Visa, Mastercard & Discover. They charge a $4.95 "convenience" fee for credit card payments. Figures! lol. NO PERSONAL CHECKS! Bring photo ID, drivers license, state ID, passport, or birth certificate and social security card. If divorced you will need to provide proof that the marriage was terminated.
To obtain a Kansas Marriage License for individuals who are 18 years of age or older, at least one party must appear in person at their local District Court Clerk’s office. Under 18 you will need parental permission to get married. MARRIAGE BY PROXY IS LEGAL IN KANSAS! So if one of you is unable to be there for one reason or another, you can still get married. You will need someone to stand in place for the absent party. Contact the Recorder's office for further instructions if this service is desired. What about "COMMON LAW MARRIAGE?" It's recognized in Kansas! Not many states recognize it! It's an informal marriage based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. However, couples in a common law marriage are denied the legal protection of marriage but must get a court ordered divorce if they don't wish to stay together. We get asked this question a lot so we thought we'd answer it here!
When applying for your MARRIAGE LICENSE in Kansas, an application for a marriage license must be completed at the Clerk of District Court office. The "application" is a sworn affidavit and looks like this:
UNIFORM APPLICATION AND AFFIDAVIT FOR MARRIAGE LICENSE
IN THE ____________JUDICIAL DISTRICT DISTRICT COURT
OF ________________COUNTY, KANSAS
STATE OF KANSAS, _________________COUNTY SS:
APPLICATION MADE BY PARTY A PARTY B
Party A Name (Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial) City and County of Residence Age (Please do not list date of birth.)
Party B Name (Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial) City and County of Residence Age (Please do not list date of birth.)
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING: The above-named parties hereby make application to marry and further apply for a marriage license addressed to any person authorized by law to unite said parties in marriage. Affiant, being duly sworn says:
That the contracting parties are of lawful age to obtain a marriage license, or have acquired the necessary consent under law if they are not of lawful age.
That the contracting parties are not related to each other in any of the degrees prohibited by law, to-wit: Parent and child, grandparent and grandchild in any degree, brother and sister of the whole or half blood, uncle or niece, aunt or nephew, or first cousins.
That there is no legal reason preventing such marriage, to the best of the affiant’s knowledge and belief. Party A Signature Party B Signature
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO BEFORE ME THIS DAY OF, 20 .
Name and Title of Court Official
There is a waiting period of at least 3 calendar days after the date you apply for your license. If you apply for your license on Monday you can pick it up on Thursday. Tuesday - Pick up on Friday. Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, you can pick it up on the following Monday.
A worksheet is issued when the application is made. It will ask for Party A's parent's names and place of birth as well as their own, along with full name, and Party B's parent's name and place of birth, along with full name.
ALL information must be completed and returned when picking up the license.
The worksheet must be signed by both parties.
Either person may pick up the license.
The license is issued and you may have your ceremony performed anywhere within the State of Kansas, for a period of six months. Once ceremony is performed you must return license within 10 days. It will be available to pick up within 2-3 weeks. Military will be able to wait and get it immediately to take back to base.
The following is a list of counties in the Greater KC Area where a KANSAS marriage license may be obtained:
111 E. 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Johnson County Courthouse
100 N Kansas Ave, Olathe, KS 66061
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Shawnee County Courthouse
200 SE 7th St., Topeka, Kansas 66603
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Wyandotte County Courthouse
Marriage License and Probate Court
710 N. Seventh St., First Floor, Kansas City, KS
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm