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Getting married in Texas

IMPORTANT NOTE: Marriage laws and license requirements change continually, so please check the latest information with your local marriage license bureau office or county clerk's office before making your wedding or travel plans, and before inviting your guests.

Marriage licenses are issued and filed at the county level, and marriage registration is primarily a county level function. A couple who intends to be married in Texas must apply in person for a marriage license at a Texas County Clerk's Office. The application for a license must be signed by both the bride and groom in the presence of a county clerk. If this is not possible, any adult or the other applicant may apply on behalf of the absent applicant.

Who may apply for a marriage license

You do not need to be a Texas resident to marry in the state.

Applicants must be 18 years old to apply for a marriage license. For persons under 18, please contact the County Clerk’s Office in your county for further information.

Cousin marriages are not permitted in Texas.

Common-law marriage

Common-law marriage, also known as "informal marriage" is legal in Texas. A couple may choose whether or not to register their informal marriage. If they do choose to register, both the husband and wife must appear before the County Clerk to file a Declaration of Informal Marriage. The couple must list the date on the declaration from which they have considered themselves married. In other words, a couple can be married for some period of time before registering their informal marriage.

There are two ways a couple may prove that they are informally married: They can file a Declaration of Informal Marriage (available from the County Clerk's office) or
They meet all of the following conditions:

  • the couple agrees that they are married
  • they live together in Texas
  • they represent themselves to other individuals that they are married to one another.

ID requirements

You must know your Social Security Numbers and show proof of age and identity. This could be any of the following:

a driver's license or identification card issued by this state, another state, or a Canadian province that is current or has expired not more than two years preceding the date the identification is submitted to the county clerk in connection with an application for a license; a United States passport; a current passport issued by a foreign country or a consular document issued by a state or national government; an unexpired Certificate of United States Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, United States Citizen Identification Card, Permanent Resident Card, Temporary Resident Card, Employment Authorization Card, or other document issued by the federal Department of Homeland Security or the United States Department of State including an identification photograph; an unexpired military identification card for active duty, reserve, or retired personnel with an identification photograph; an original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a bureau of vital statistics for a state or a foreign government; an original or certified copy of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the United States Department of State; an original or certified copy of a court order relating to the applicant's name change or sex change; school records from a secondary school or institution of higher education; an insurance policy continuously valid for the two years preceding the date of the application for a license; a motor vehicle certificate of title; military records, including documentation of release or discharge from active duty or a draft record; an unexpired military dependent identification card; an original or certified copy of the applicant's marriage license or divorce decree; a voter registration certificate; a pilot's license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or another authorized agency of the United States; a license to carry a concealed handgun under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code; a temporary driving permit or a temporary identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety; an offender identification card issued by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Previous marriages

When applying for a marriage license, each applicant must indicate that he or she has not been divorced within the last 30 days, unless the applicants were divorced from each other, or the prohibition against remarriage was waived under Section 6.802 of the Family Code.

Blood tests and other tests

No blood tests or medical examinations are required.

Marriage ceremonies and witnesses

There are no references in the state laws in regards to where the marriage ceremony has to take place. Once a marriage license is filed it is a presumed valid marriage.
Many County Clerks in Texas perform civil marriage ceremonies in their offices. For further information regarding civil marriage ceremonies, please contact the County Clerk’s Office directly to see if they provide this service.
No witnesses are required when acquiring a marriage license or getting married in Texas.

Officiants

Persons authorized to perform weddings in Texas include:

licensed or ordained Christian ministers, priests, Jewish rabbis, officers authorized by religious organizations, justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of criminal appeals, justices of the courts of appeals, judges of the district, county, and probate courts, judges of the county courts at law, judges of the courts of domestic relations, judges of the juvenile courts, retired justices or judges, justices of the peace, retired justices of the peace, and judges or magistrates of a federal court of Texas.

Fees

The state fee for a purchasing a marriage license is $60. Other county record's fees may apply in addition to this fee. The state fee is waived on possession of a Twogether in Texas Certificate (see “premarital preparation “course” above).

Waiting period

There must be at least 72 hours between the date and time of issuance of a license and the time the ceremony occurs unless one applicant is on active duty in the armed forces, or a waiver is granted. This waiting period is waived on possession of a Twogether in Texas Certificate.

Premarital preparation course

As of September 1, 2008, couples who go through the 8+ hour State of Texas approved Marriage Education Class (Twogether in Texas) will not have to pay the $60 State portion of their marriage license fee, and the 72 hour waiting period will be waived if applicants possess a valid Twogether in Texas Certificate.

Validity of license

After the marriage license is issued, the license is valid for 31 days.

Copy of marriage certificate

Copies of the marriage certificate can be obtained from:

Bureau of Vital Statistics
Texas Department of Health
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040
Phone - (512) 458-7111

For more information

Find out more from the Clerk of Court in the county where you wish to get married.
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/field/localremotedistrict.shtm#district

Anderson County Clerk
Palestine, TX
903. 723. 7432

Andrews County Clerk
Andrews, TX
915. 524. 1426

Angelina County Clerk
Lufkin, TX
409. 634. 8339

Aransas County
Rockport, TX
512. 790. 0122

Armstrong Deputy Clerk
Claude, TX
806. 226. 2081

Atascosa County Clerk
Jourdanton, TX
830. 769. 3011

Austin County Clerk
Belville, TX
409. 865. 5911

Bailey County Clerk
Muleshoe, TX
806. 272. 3044

Bastrop County
Bastron, TX
512. 321. 4444

Beeville County Clerk
Beeville, TX
512. 362. 3245

Bell County Clerk
Belton, TX
254. 939. 3521

Bexar County Clerks
San Antonio, TX
210. 220. 2581

Blanco County Clerk
Johnson City, TX
830. 868. 7357

Bosque County Clerk
Meridian, TX
254. 435. 2201

Bowie County Clerk
Boston, TX
903. 628. 6744

Brazoria County Clerk
Angleton, TX
409. 849. 5711

Brazos County Clerk
Bryan, TX
409. 361. 4130

Brewster County Clerk
Alpine, TX
915. 837. 3366

Brooks County Clerk
Falfurnas, TX
512. 325. 3053

Brown County Clerk
Brownwood, TX
915. 643. 2594

Burleson County Clerk
Caldwell, TX
409. 567. 4326

Burnet County Recorder
Burnet, TX
512. 756. 5420

Caldwell County Clerk
Lockhart, TX
512. 398. 1804

Calhoun County Clerk
Port La Vaca, TX
512. 553. 4411

Callahan County Clerk
Barid, TX
915. 854. 1217

Cameron County Clerk
Brownsville, TX
956. 544. 0815

Camp County Clerk
Pittsburgh, TX
903. 856. 2731

Carson County Clerk
Panhandle, TX
806. 537. 3873

Cass County Clerk
Linden, TX
903. 756. 5071

Chambers County Clerk
Anahuac, TX
806. 647. 3338

Cherokee County Clerk
Rusk, TX
903. 683. 2350

Childress County Clerk
Childress, TX
940. 937. 6143

Clay County Clerk
Henrietta, TX
940. 538. 4631

Cochran County Clerk
Morton, TX
806. 266. 5450

Coleman County Clerk
Coleman, TX
972. 625. 2889

Collin County Recorder
Mc Kinney, TX
972. 548. 4185

Colorado County Clerk
Columbus, TX
409. 732. 2155

Comal County Clerk
New Braunfels, TX
512. 620. 5513

Comanche County Clerk
Comanche, TX
915. 356. 2655

Cooke County Clerk
Gainsville, TX
817. 668. 5421

Coryell County Clerk
Gatesville, TX
817. 865. 5016

Cottle County Clerk
Paducan, TX
806. 492. 3823

Crane County Clerk
Crane, TX
915. 558. 3581

Crockett County
Ozona, TX
915. 392. 2022

Dallam County Clerk
Dalhart, TX
806. 249. 4751

Dallas County Clerk
Dallas, TX
214. 653. 7478

Dawson County Clerk
La Mesa, TX
806. 872. 3778

De Witt County Clerk
Cuero, TX
512. 275. 3724

Deaf Smith County Clerk
Hereford, TX
806. 363. 7077

Delta County Clerk
Cooper, TX
903. 395. 4110

Denton County Clerk
Denton, TX
940. 565. 8501

Dimmit County Clerk
Carrizo Springs, TX
830. 876. 3569

Donley County Recorder
Clarendon, TX
806. 874. 3436

Duval County Clerk
San Diego, TX
512. 279. 3322

Eastland County Recorder
Eastland, TX
254. 629. 1583

Ector County Clerk
Odessa, TX
432. 498. 4130

El Paso County Clerk
El Paso, TX
915. 546. 2071

Ellis County Clerk
Waxahachie, TX
972. 923. 5070

Erath County Clerk
Stephenville, TX
254. 965. 1482

Falls County Clerk
Marlin, TX
254. 883. 1408

Fannin County Clerk
Bonham, TX
903. 583. 7486

Fayette County Clerk
La Grange, TX
409. 968. 3251

Fisher County Clerk
Roby, TX
915. 776. 2401

Floyd McGinnese County
Crosbyton, TX
806. 675. 2334

Fort Bend County
Richmond, TX
281. 341. 8685

Franklin County Clerk
Mount Bernan, TX
903. 537. 4252

Freestone County Recorder
Fairfield, TX
903. 389. 2635

Frio County Clerk
Pearsall, TX
830. 334. 2214

Gaines County Clerk
Shallowater, TX
806. 832. 4521

Galveston County Clerk
Galveston, TX
409. 766. 2200

Garza County Clerk
Post, TX
806. 495. 3535

Gillespie County
Fredericksburg, TX
830. 997. 6515

Glasscock County Clerk
Garden City, TX
915. 354. 2612

Goliad County Clerk
Goliad, TX
512. 645. 3294

Gonzales County Clerk
Gonzales, TX
512. 672. 2435

Gray County Clerk
Pampa, TX
806. 669. 8004

Grayson County Clerk
Sherman, TX
903. 813. 4243

Gregg County Clerk
Longview, TX
903. 236. 8430

Grimes County Clerk
Anderson, TX
409. 873. 2662

Guadalupe County Clerk
Seguin, TX
830. 303. 4188

Hale County Clerk
Plainview, TX
806. 291. 5261

Hall County Clerk
Memphis, TX
806. 259. 2627

Hansford County Clerk
Spearman, TX
806. 659. 4110

Hardeman County Clerk
Quanah, TX
817. 663. 2901

Hardin County Clerk
Kountze, TX
409. 246. 5185

Harris County Clerk
Houston, TX
713. 755. 6405

Harrison County Clerk
Marshall, TX
903. 935. 4858

Hartley County Clerk
Channing, TX
806. 235. 3582

Hays County Clerk
San Marcos, TX
512. 396. 2601

Hemphill County Clerk
Canadian, TX
806. 323. 6212

Henderson County Clerk
Athens, TX
903. 675. 6140

Hidalgo County Clerk
Edinburg, TX
956. 318. 2141

Hill County Clerk
Hillsborough, TX
254. 582. 2161

Hockley County Clerk
Levelland, TX
806. 894. 3185

Hood County Clerk
Granbury, TX
817. 579. 3222

Hopkins County Clerk
Sulphur Springs, TX
903. 885. 3929

Houston County Clerk
Crockett, TX
409. 544. 3255

Howard County Clerk
Big Springs, TX
915. 264. 2213

Hunt County Clerk
Greenville, TX
903. 408. 4130

Hutchinson County Clerk
Stinnett, TX
806. 878.4002

Irion County Clerk
Mertzon, TX
915. 835. 2421

Jack County Clerk
Jackboro, TX
940. 567. 2111

Jackson County Clerk
Edna, TX
512. 782. 3563

Jasper County Clerk
Jasper, TX
409. 384. 2632

Jefferson County Clerk
Beaumont, TX
409. 835. 8475

Jim Hogg County Recorder
Hebbronville, TX
512. 527. 4031

Jim Wells County Clerk
Alice, TX
512. 668. 5702

Johnson City Clerk
Cleburne, TX
817. 556. 6323

Jones County Clerk
Anson, TX
915. 823. 3762

Joy Jones County Clerk
Dimmitt, TX
806. 647. 3338

Karnes County Clerk
Karnes, TX
512. 780. 3938

Kaufman County Clerk
Kaufman, TX
972. 932. 4331

Kendall County Clerk
Boernie, TX
830. 249. 9343

Kerr County Clerks
Kerrville, TX
830. 792. 2255

Kimble County Recorder
Junction, TX
915. 446. 3353

Kinney County Clerks
Brackett Ville, TX
830. 563. 2521

Kleberg County Clerk
Kingsville, TX
512. 595. 8548

Knox County Clerk
Benjamin, TX
940. 454. 2441

La Salle County Clerk
Cotulla, TX
830. 879. 2117

Lamar County Clerk
Paris, TX
903. 737. 2420

Lamb County Clerk
Littlefield, TX
806. 385. 4222

Lampasas County Clerk
Lampasas, TX
512. 556. 8271

Lavaca County Clerk
Hallattsalle, TX
512. 798. 3612

Lee County Clerk
Giddings, TX
409. 542. 3684

Leon County Clerk
Centerville, TX
903. 536. 2352

Liberty County Clerk
Liberty, TX
409. 336. 4670

Limestone County Clerk
Groesbeck, TX
254. 729. 5504

Llano County Clerk
Llano, TX
915. 247. 4455

Lynn County Clerk
Tahoka, TX
806. 998. 4750

Madison County Clerk
Madisonville, TX
409. 348. 2638

Marion County Clerk
Jefferson, TX
903. 665. 3971

Martin County Clerk
Stanton, TX
915. 756. 3412

Matagorda County Clerk
Bay City, TX
409. 244. 7680

Maverick County Clerk
Eagle Pass, TX
830. 773. 2829

Mc Culloch County Clerk
Brady, TX
915. 597. 0733

Mc Lennan County Clerk
Waco, TX
254. 757. 5078

Medina County Clerk
Hondo, TX
830. 741. 6041

Menard County Clerk
Menard, TX
915. 396. 4682

Midland County Clerk
Midland, TX
915. 688. 1070

Milam County Clerk
Cameron, TX
254. 697. 6596

Mitchell County Clerk
Colorado City, TX
915. 728. 3481

Montague County Clerk
Montague, TX
940. 894. 2401

Montgomery County Recorder
Conroe, TX
409. 539. 7885

Moore County Clerk
Dumas, TX
806. 935. 2009

Morris County Clerk
Daingerfield, TX
903. 645. 3911

Motley County Clerk
Matador, TX
806. 347. 2621

Nacogdoches County Clerk
Nacogdoches, TX
409. 560. 7733

Navarro County Clerk
Corsicana, TX
903. 654. 3035

Nolan County Clerk
Sweetwater, TX
915. 235. 2462

Nueces County Clerk
Corpus Christi, TX
512. 888. 0580

Oak County Clerk
George West, TX
512. 449. 2733

Ochiltree County Clerk
Perryton, TX
806. 435. 8039

Oldham County Clerk
Vega, TX
806. 267. 2667

Orange County Clerk
Orange, TX
409. 883. 7740

Palo Pinto County
Palo Pinto, TX
940. 659. 1277

Panola County Clerk
Carthage, TX
903. 693. 0302

Parker County Clerk
Weatherford, TX
817. 599. 6591

Parmer County Clerk
Farwell, TX
806. 481. 3691

Pecos County Clerk
Fort Stockton, TX
915. 336. 7555

Polk County Clerk
Livigston, TX
409. 327. 6804

Potter County Clerk
Amarillo, TX
806. 379. 2275

Rains County Clerk
Emory, TX
903. 473. 2461

Randall County Clerk
Canyon, TX
806. 655. 6330

Reagan County Clerk
Big Lake, TX
915. 884. 2442

Real County Clerk
Leakey, TX
830. 232. 5202

Red River
Clarksville, TX
903. 427. 2401

Reeves County Clerk
Pecos, TX
915. 445. 5467

Refugio County Clerk
Refugio, TX
512. 526. 2233

Robertson County Clerk
Franklin, TX
409. 828. 4130

Rockwall County Clerk
Rockwall, TX
972. 771. 3382

Runnels County Recorder
Ballinger, TX
915. 365. 2720

Rusk County Clerk
Henderson, TX
903. 657. 0330

Sabine County Clerk
Hemphill, TX
409. 787. 3786

San Agustine County Clerk
San Augustine, TX
409. 275. 2452

San Jacinto County Clerk
Cold Spring, TX
409. 653. 2324

San Patricio County
Sinton, TX
512. 364. 6290

San Saba County Clerk
San Saba, TX
915. 372. 3614

Schleicher County Clerk
Eldorado, TX
915. 853. 2833

Scurry County Clerk
Snyder, TX
915. 573. 5332

Shackelford County Clerk
Albany, TX
915. 762. 2232

Shelby County Clerk
Center, TX
409. 598. 6361

Sherman County Clerk
Stratford, TX
806. 396. 2371

Smith County Clerk
Tyler, TX
903. 535. 0630

Somervell County Clerk
Glen Rose, TX
254. 897. 4427

Stephens County Clerk
Breckenridge, TX
254. 559. 3700

Stonewall County Clerk
Aspermont, TX
940. 989. 2272

Sutton County Clerk
Sonora, TX
915. 387. 3815

Swisher County Clerk
Tulia, TX
806. 995. 3294

Tarrant County Clerk
Fort Worth, TX
817. 884. 1064

Taylor County Recorder
Abilenne, TX
915. 674. 1202

Terry County Clerk
Brownfield, TX
806. 637. 8551

Throckmorton County Clerk
Throckmorton, TX
940. 849. 2501

Titus County Clerk
Mt Pleasant, TX
903. 577. 6796

Tom Green County Clerk
San Angelo, TX
915. 659. 6556

Travis County Clerk
Austin, TX
512. 473. 9188

Trinity County Clerk
Groveton, TX
409. 642. 1208

Tyler County Clerk
Woodville, TX
409. 283. 2281

Upshur County Clerk
Gilmer, TX
903. 843. 4015

Upton County Recorder
Rankin, TX
915. 693. 2861

Uvalde County Clerk
Uvalde, TX
830. 278. 6614

Val Verde County Clerk
Del Rio, TX
830. 774. 7564

Van Zandt County Clerk
Canton, TX
903. 567. 6503

Victoria County Clerk
Victoria, TX
512. 575. 1478

Walker County Clerk
Huntsville, TX
409. 436. 4922

Waller County Clerk
Hempstead, TX
409. 826. 7711

Ward County Clerk
Monahans, TX
915. 943. 3294

Washington County Clerk
Brenham, TX
409. 836. 4300

Webb County Clerk
Laredo, TX
956. 721. 2645

Wharton County Clerk
Wharton, TX
409. 532. 2381

Wheeler County Clerk
Wheeler, TX
806. 826. 5544

Wichita County Clerk
Wichita, TX
940. 766. 8144

Wilbarger County Clerk
Vernon, TX
940. 552. 5486

Willacy County Clerks
Raymondville, TX
956. 689. 2710

Williamson County Clerk
Georgetown, TX
512. 930. 4315

Wilson County Clerk
Floresville, TX
830. 393. 7308

Winkler County Clerk
Kermit, TX
915. 586. 3401

Wise County Clerk
Decatur, TX
940. 627. 3351

Wood County Clerk
Quitman, TX
903. 763. 2711

Yoakum County Clerk
Plains, TX
806. 456. 2721

Young County Clerk
Graham, TX
940. 549. 8432

Zapata County Clerk
Zapata, TX
956. 765. 9915

Zavala County Clerk
Crystal City, TX
830. 374. 2331

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