Marriage Licenses

Recorder of Deeds_Marriage Licenses

COVID-19 Latest News (Updated June 9, 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.

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.

In-Person Applications for a Marriage License


Both applicants must appear together at the Recorder of Deeds Office, located in the St. Charles County Administration Building at 201 N. Second St., St. Charles, MO 63301. 

The Marriage License application process takes a MINIMUM of 15-20 minutes.  Due to processing time, the last in-person marriage license application will be accepted at 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. Please plan accordingly.

Take note of the following qualifications:

  • The ceremony must be performed within 30 days in the state of Missouri beginning from the date of issuance of the marriage license.
  • Both applicants must be 16 years of age or older. 
  • No applicant age 21 or older may marry anyone under age 18.
  • Applicants may not be related to each other through and including first cousins.
  • Applicants must present a valid government-issued photo ID and know their Social Security number.
  • If an applicant is age 16 or 17, a certified birth certificate must be provided and the applicant must be accompanied by a parent to give consent to their application. If parents are divorced, the consenting parent must provide court papers to prove custody. An additional fee must be paid at the time of application for each parental consent.
  • Previously married applicants must provide date of divorce decree.
  • Foreign applicants must present their valid government-issued photo ID along with a certified English translation of all non-English documentation used. If a translator is needed, an appointment with our office must be made in advance.
  • If either applicant is unable to appear in the Recorder of Deeds Office to apply due to military service, ADA qualifying disability or incarceration, an Affidavit of Absent Applicant (PDF) may be used.
  • Applicants may pre-order a certified copy of their marriage license at time of license issuance.

Marriage License Fees and Payment Information (PDF)

Return and Recordation of Marriage

The person performing the ceremony is required by law to return the completed license to the St. Charles County Recorder of Deeds Office within 15 days of the ceremony per RSMo 451.080.

Lost, Destroyed or Unused Marriage License

A lost or destroyed marriage license can be replaced with the original issuance date for $2 in the Recorder of Deeds Office. If a marriage license is unused, it must be marked "unused" and returned to the Office per RSMo 451.130

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