What is the time zone of Missouri?

The state of Missouri is in the Central Time zone. All counties and cities of the state are in the same time zone, there are no exceptions (see map). Missouri is observing daylight savings so there are two different clocks depending on the time of the year.

  • Central Standard Time (CST): – 6:00 UTC/GMT (behind)
  • Central Daylight Time (CDT): – 5:00 UTC/GMT (behind)
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Missouri time zone

All neighbouring states have the same time zone. So, the clocks are unchanged regardless if you cross the border with Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky or Tennessee.

Daylight savings time (DST)

Missouri is using daylight savings as also documented in the Uniform Time Act of 1966. During daylight savings the time changes from Central Standard time (CST) to Central Daylight time (CDT).

It starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. In March the clock is moved forward from 02.00 am to 03.00 am (so you will lose an hour of sleep during the night). While in November it’s reversed as the clock is moved backward from 03.00 am to 02.00 am and you will gain an extra hour of sleep. One way of remembering the movement sequence is that clocks “spring forward and fall back”.

The total period of daylight savings lasts for 34 weeks which is about 65% of the year.

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Missouri time news, bills and legislation

There is a continuous debate about which time should be applied. Several bills have been introduced to legalize daylight saving time as the year-round clock, whereas others try to align the time with bordering counties or states. The table below gives an overview of the latest bills in the state of Missouri.

Date Bill Status/Action Title/summary
1 Apr 2021 HB822 HCS Reported Do Pass (H) - AYES: 10 NOES: 1 PRESENT: 0 Establishes the "Daylight Saving as New Standard Time Pact"
4 May 2021 HB848 To Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics Committee Establishes the "Daylight Saving as New Standard Time Pact"
1 Apr 2021 HB617 HCS Reported Do Pass (H) - AYES: 10 NOES: 1 PRESENT: 0 Establishes the "Daylight Saving as New Standard Time Pact"
28 Jan 2021 HB780 Intro, To House Downsizing State Government Committee Eliminates Daylight Saving Time
9 Jan 2020 HB1356 To House Downsizing State Government Committee Establishes the "Daylight Saving as New Standard Time Pact."

Other US states

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