Getting Married in Branson: Marriage licenses

If you are wanting to get married in Branson, there are a few things you should be aware of when obtaining a marriage license.

Obtaining a marriage license

You can get a marriage license at two places in the area:

  • Taney County Courthouse Recorder’s Office
    132 David Road
    Forsyth, MO 65653
  • Stone County Courthouse Recorder’s Office
    108A E 4th Street
    Galena, MO 65656

How to apply

Both parties must be in person at one of the Recorder’s offices listed above.

When you can apply

Monday through Friday (except legal holidays) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

When you can pick up your license

There is no waiting period for a Marriage License in Missouri, but applicants must provide a current Driver’s License, Passport or Visa as proof of identity. The Marriage License is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and may be used anywhere within the state of Missouri.

Required Information on the license includes: birth date, social security number, full legal name, level of education, race, and date of the end of a previous marriage. Persons divorced less than 30 days may apply for a marriage license if they acknowledge, in writing, that they understand the divorce can be appealed or set aside within 30 days by the court of jurisdiction.

Both parties must sign an affidavit that all information is true and correct.

After you pick up your license

You are responsible for delivering the license to the person who solemnizes your marriage. Marriages may be solemnized by any clergyman, either active or retired, who is in good standing with any church or synagogue in the State of Missouri. Marriages may also be solemnized, without compensation by any judge including a municipal judge.

The person performing the ceremony must complete the license, have two witnesses sign it, and return it to the Recorder’s Office (in the envelope provided) within 15 days after the wedding. The license remains on file permanently in the Recorder’s Office.

Marriage Qualifications

Blood relatives, down to and including first cousins, MAY NOT marry under the laws of the State of Missouri.

No distinction is made between resident and non-resident individuals.

Applicants (a male and female) must be 18 years of age to marry without parental consent. Persons between the ages of 15 and 17 may obtain a license with the consent of a parent or legal guardian. Parents or legal guardians must give consent in person (at the time of application) and have proper identification. If legal guardian is giving consent, a certified copy of guardianship papers must be presented. The custodial parent or legal guardian must also provide a bith certificate for the minor child.

Applicants must provide a current Driver’s License, Passport or Visa.