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Wait for marriage licenses abolished

Monday, August 27, 2007

BENTON -- Couples applying for a marriage license will no longer have to make two trips to the county Recorder of Deeds office.

Beginning Tuesday, a couple getting married in Missouri may obtain their license the same day they apply, if they will be married within 30 days, according to a news release from Scott County Recorder Tom Dirnberger.

Previously, couples were required to appear before the recorder to make the application, then wait three days, then return to the recorder's office to pick up the license.

"Elimination of the three-day waiting period will save time and expense to couples by not having to return to the recorder's office to pick up their license," Dirnberger said. "Additionally, couples will not have to obtain a waiver of the three-day waiting period from a circuit judge, thereby saving the time and expense of providing the waivers."

The change in law will be especially beneficial to military personnel and others wishing to obtain a marriage license while on limited leave time, he noted.

Missouri follows more than 30 other states that have already eliminated this requirement.