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SEARCH OUR RECORDS ONLINE
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you can now search wherever you have the Internet, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the convenience of your own home or office.
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HOW TO OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE
- Both applicants must apply in person at the Recorder's Office between the hours of 8-4pm Mon-Fri.
- Both must bring proof of Social Security Number (Social Security card) and a valid Photo ID (Driver's License)
- Payment of $60 IN CASH (EXACT CHANGE REQUIRED) must be made at time of application. This fee includes the certified copy fee.
Click on the thumbnail to download a full-size “Application Information” form. Print this
page, fill in the information, and bring the completed form to our
office. We will then transfer the information to our official form, making application time
shorter. Furthermore, you are welcome to fax or email the completed form to our office
in advance. Email- email@example.com -Fax#: 417-223-2881.
REQUIREMENTS IF BRIDE AND/OR GROOM ARE UNDER AGE OF 18 AND OVER THE AGE OF 15
Same as above and custodial parent of minor must be present at the same time
to sign consent. Please bring ID.
PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT have a “Justice of the Peace”. You will
need to make arrangements for your service prior to coming to the courthouse. Effective
August 28, 2007, Missouri no longer requires the three-day waiting period. Applicants
will receive the license the same day they apply. Once the license is issued, it is good
for thirty (30) days and can be used anywhere in the State of Missouri.
If you need a certified copy of your marriage license, mail $9 to our office payable to the McDonald County Recorder.
With your request include a return address, name of the bride/groom, and a contact phone number. We cannot take payment over the phone.
However, you are welcome to visit our office in person to obtain a certified copy. A non-certified copy, commonly used for genealogy research,
is available for $2 each; you will need to send payment and request by mail.
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DUTIES OF THE RECORDER
- We record, preserve, and retrieve all records relating to real estate ownership in the county. Land records start in 1865.
- We issue and record marriage licenses. Marriage records start in 1865.
- We record and file copies of Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county.
- We record and file state and federal tax liens.
- We DO NOT perform lien searches, title searches, or land research.
ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT RECORDING
Title Companies, Banks, Attorney Firms, and other commercial and government entities can now electronically record their documents at the McDonald County Recorder of Deeds office.
This implementation is part of our continued effort to provide excellent customer service and improve service delivery. For information on how to electronically record documents (e-file) in McDonald County,
please contact Stacy Atkison, Mobilis Technologies Senior Account Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (417) 859-7713. Click on the link below to be directed to the Mobilis website.
Benefits of Electronic Submission
- Same day recording. Can be as little as 5 minutes!
- Quickly correct rejected documents and resubmit the same day
- Convenient document submission
- The paper original never leave your office
- Minimize recording errors
- Recording fees are paid via ACH each night – ACH processing is handled by Mobilis Technologies
- Reduced courier/overnight fees
- Reduce gap risk
- Faster policy generation
HOW TO RECORD A DOCUMENT
Click on the thumbnail to download a full-size “Rejection Notice” form. This page is a summary of reasons a document may be rejected if not submitted in the
proper format according to the Missouri standards for recording. Print this page to keep as a reference.
FORMATTING STANDARDS - EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2002
PLEASE NOTE: our office does not prepare documents or have forms to assist in
land transfers. We cannot offer legal advice; therefore, we ask that you seek
advice from an attorney or a reputable title company.
PAGE SIZE AND INK: Original Document submitted on 8½" x 11" paper- single sided
paper- White, light-colored, 20# paper without watermarks or logos- Printed in black or dark ink
on one side only- No continuous forms or permanent binding, but documents may be stapled for
presentation- Minimum 8-point type. (Note: Nonessential information within any margin is exempt
from this requirement.)- Signatures must be in black or dark ink to insure reproduction from
record- All signatures must have the name typed, stamped or printed underneath.
MARGINS: Top 3" vertical space of the first page only of each document is designated for
the Recorder’s certification. All Recorders’ certificates will be place in this area. All other
margins on the first and subsequent pages will be a minimum of ¾". Nonessential information
contained with the margins does not have to comply with the 8-point requirement, but it should
be noted that the Recorder is not liable or responsible for insuring that nonessential information
is archived. Examples: page numbers, form numbers, return addresses, etc.
ATTACHMENTS: Attachments to a page may not be stapled or taped other than a securely
attached bar-coded label or than as requested by law. (Note: ‘Attachment’ does not refer to
an Exhibit, but additions to a document page.)
FIRST PAGE DESIGNATIONS: Every document (except plats and surveys) containing any of
the following items shall have such information on the first page of the document below the
3" margin- If there is not sufficient room on the first page, the page reference within the
document where the information is set out shall be stated on the first page. If one of the
required fields begins on the first page and continues uninterrupted to subsequent pages, that
meets the first page requirement.-
- Title of the document
- Date of the document
- All grantors’ names
- All grantees’ names
- Any statutory addresses
- Legal Description
- Reference book and pages if required
DESIGNATIONS: Grantors and grantees must be designated in order to be indexed. There
is no limit as to combinations or exclusions, but must include the words ‘grantor’ or ‘grantee’.
Note: It is the filer’s or preparer’s responsibility to make the designations- Statutory
addresses must be designated, i.e. ‘Grantee’s Mailing Address’ - The address of the property
shall not be accepted as a legal description- Book and page references required on certain
documents, i.e. release deeds, assignments, etc. must be designated.
COVER PAGES: A cover page for the document is not required, but a filer may choose to
present a cover page and it will recorded as the first page of the document. The cover page
must have the top 3" margin and include first page designations. If a document is presented
for re-recording, in addition to all other requirements, there must be a new first page or
cover sheet with the top 3" and the required first page designations.
FEES: Standard: $24 first page and $3 per page thereafter- Documents
that meet both the statutory requirements and formatting standards will have only the per page
recording fee schedule applied. Non-Standard: additional $25.00 per document-
Documents that meet the statutory requirements, but do not meet the formatting standards will
have the per page recording fee plus an additional $25.00 per document penalty applied.
Exempt: Documents that meet the statutory requirements, but are exempt from
the formatting standards will have only the per page recording fee schedule applied. Note: For
a document that releases or assigns more than one item, there is a $5.00 per each additional
EXEMPTED DOCUMENTS FROM THE FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS: Documents signed prior to January 1,
2002- Military separation papers- Documents executed outside the United States- Certified copies
of documents, including birth and death certificates- Any document where one of the original
parties is deceased or incapacitated- Judgments or other documents formatted to meet court
requirements- Fixture Filings or the National Approved UCC Forms.