Recorder of Deeds

COVID-19 Latest News (Updated May 20, 2020)

The St. Charles County Administration Building at 201 N. Second Street in St. Charles will reopen to the public on Friday, May 29. Normal operating hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, will resume but with access 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 will have a representative in the lobby behind a plexiglass shield in a shared space when needed.

This website will be updated daily, when necessary, 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.

Earlier Information

To protect the health and safety of the community, the St. Charles County Government Administration Building where our offices are located closed effective at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Staff remain on-site to conduct business, answer telephones, and assist customers with processing items online. Stay healthy and safe, and thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the St. Charles County Department of Public Health page or call the Information Hotline at 636-949-1899. 

Recorder of Deeds Office Closed to the Public, Updated Marriage License Information (April 24, 2020 Update)
Effective March 24, 2020, the St. Charles County Recorder of Deeds will be closed to the public to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 virus. All contact and business must be conducted by phone, email, mail or e-Recording. Documents to record can be dropped off in the Assessor/Collector drop-off box in front of the Administration Building at 201 N. Second Street in St. Charles. To record, the office needs a self-addressed, stamped envelope to return the document and will accept a business check for the fee or a note with a phone number to be called for credit card payment.

Marriage License Information
As of Monday, April 20, 2020, through the month of May, the Recorder of Deeds office has implemented a new procedure for obtaining a 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 our office. 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:

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 recorder@sccmo.org to schedule a video conference time with Recorder of Deeds staff to finish the marriage license application. 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. Mail the completed marriage license application to: St. Charles County Recorder of Deeds, 201 N. Second St., Suite 338, St Charles, MO 63301. Applicants also can place it in an envelope in the Assessor/Collector drop box in front of the County Administration Building at 201 N. Second St. in St. Charles.

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 will be issued and mailed.

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

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.