Recorder of Deeds

COVID-19 Latest News (Updated June 3, 2020)

The St. Charles County Administration Building at 201 N. Second Street in St. Charles is now reopen to the public with normal operating hours. Access is limited to the first floor. Upon entrance to any County building, employees and the public are encouraged to wear cloth facial protection, and everyone is required to have a health screening, including temperature check, before entering. Those with a fever or who have other COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter the building. View release for more information.

The Recorder of Deeds has a representative in the lobby behind a plexiglass shield in a shared space when needed. Due to processing time, the last in-person marriage license application will be accepted at 4:30 p.m.

This website will be updated to reflect any changes in facility or department services. The public is encouraged to continue accessing County Government services by phone, email and online when available. Thank you.

Video Conference Marriage License Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, couples are encouraged to obtain their marriage license via video conference. For now, ONLY ST. CHARLES COUNTY, ST. LOUIS COUNTY, AND CITY OF ST. LOUIS RESIDENTS may apply for a license from the St. Charles County Recorder of Deeds. This license will only be valid for use within the state of Missouri from 30 days of issuance.

Please note: The Recorder of Deeds only issues marriage licenses; the Recorder of Deeds cannot perform marriage ceremonies. Thank you.

Steps to Obtain a Marriage License Via Video Conference:

1. Download, complete (but DO NOT SIGN), and print a Missouri Marriage License Application Form (PDF). DO NOT SIGN the application until you are told to do so (see step 2 below). If you have questions while completing the application, call 636-949-7507 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

2. Email the Recorder’s office at to schedule a video conference time with Recorder of Deeds staff to finish the marriage license application. Please include your phone number in the email for staff to call and schedule an appointment. You will receive a Cisco WebEx link for the video conference. During the conference, applicants will show valid identification for their marriage license application, complete the oath, and sign the application.

Please note – If participating in the video conference on a mobile device, please download the Cisco Webex Meetings app (available for both Apple and Android devices). If participating in the video conference on a desktop or laptop computer, please verify the device has a working camera and microphone. Download Cisco Webex participant guide (PDF).

3. To submit your completed marriage license application, please do one of the following:

  • Mail the completed marriage license application to St. Charles County Recorder of Deeds, 201 N. Second St., Suite 338, St Charles, MO 63301. 
  • Place it in an envelope in the Assessor/Collector drop box in front of the County Administration Building at 201 N. Second St.,St. Charles.
  • Drop it off in-person on the first floor of the County Administration Building at 201 N. Second St. in St. Charles between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

4. Once the properly completed and signed application is received, Recorder of Deeds staff will call the applicants for credit card payment and the marriage license can be mailed or picked up at the County Administration building.

Please allow plenty of time for this entire process to be completed, including standard mailing time by the U.S. Postal Service.

Additional Marriage License Issuance Information

As of April 10, 2020, any marriage license issued by the St. Charles County Recorder of Deeds between Feb. 27 and March 20, 2020, will be honored until Dec. 31, 2020. One of the applicants must appear in the office with the original marriage license within 30 days of the new ceremony date to receive a new marriage license at no cost.

Marriage License Records 1807-1902 (Sept. 6, 2019 Update)

Marriage licenses records from 1807 to 1902 are now back in the office after being scanned by the Missouri State Archives. Staff are working to make them searchable online. Thank you for your patience.

The Office of the Recorder of Deeds maintains public records and documents, including those pertaining to land ownership, federal and state tax liens, marriages, and military discharges.