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Law streamlines marriage licensing in Missouri

By Tom Weber, KWMU/AP

St. Louis – One of the many laws taking effect Tuesday in Missouri makes it a little easier to get married.

Counties may now drop a three-day waiting period for getting marriage licenses.

St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Sharon Quigley Carpenter sadi that means couples will not have to make two trips to her office to apply for and then later pick up the license.

"We have so many instances - particularly now with the men and women in service - and they can't get in here for the three-day waiting period, but they want to get married at home," Carpenter said. "It's been a hassle."

More than 40,000 marriage licenses were issued last year, but more than half of those were in just eight counties.

Most counties, including Jefferson, Warren, Lincoln, St. Louis and St. Louis City will get rid of the waiting period Tuesday.

But some, including St. Charles County will wait a few days to update its computers for the change.


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