Marriage License Requirements- State of Texas
Texas Wedding Ministers may marry any couple who has a valid marriage license obtained by any county clerk in the state of Texas or other state that allows for out-of-state marriages. We require that you bring your valid marriage license to your ceremony for your officiant to sign off on and return to your county clerk.
Marriage licenses must be obtained Monday-Friday at your county clerk office, in person, with the fee amount in CASH ONLY. Check your county clerk’s office for business hours.
If your partner is a member of the military, and cannot be present at the county clerk to obtain the license, Texas allows the military applicant to turn in a notarized absentee affidavit. Affidavits can be notarized on base. This affidavit can then be returned to the county clerk without the person being present, to obtain the license.
Things You’ll Need
– Divorce decree, annulment paper or death certificate, if applicable
– Marriage license application
– Photo identification or certified copies of birth certificates
Steps in Applying for your license
1. Apply for the marriage license in person at a county clerk’s office.
2. Present proof of age and identity. A driver’s license, state-issued birth certificate or passport are acceptable forms of identification for this purpose. Applicants may also be asked to provide social security numbers.
3. Complete the application and sign it in front of the county clerk. If this is not possible, any adult or the other applicant may apply on behalf of the absent applicant. Contact the local county clerk for additional requirements.
4. Pay the license fee and head to the altar. 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. A marriage license is valid for 30 days. With the 72-hour waiting period, there is only a 27-day period in which the marriage ceremony can take place.
Tips & Warnings
- 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.)
- The marriage ceremony does not have to occur in Texas. The ceremony may occur in another state, another country or in international waters. However, the applicants should realize that if questions arise, the validity of the marriage may be subject to the jurisdiction of the area where the marriage occurred. Research the laws and seek independent legal advice before the ceremony, if necessary.
- Blood tests are not required in Texas.
Requirements may vary, as each county in Texas could have their own requirements.
In Texas, you will need one valid form of identification such as drivers license, certified copy of your birth certificate, U. S. passport, military ID card, and your social security number.
Neither one of you have to be a resident of Texas. Texas is a great locale for a destination wedding!
If divorced within thirty days, Texas requires that you show a certified copy of your divorce decree, stating the 30 day waiting period is waived.
Waiting Period in Texas:
The 72 hours (3 days) waiting period in Texas can be waived for active duty military personnel.
Fees and Other Tests:
Fees for a marriage license vary from $31 – $81 and must be paid in cash, so don’t leave home without it! The fees may vary from Texas county to county. Blood tests or medical examinations are not required in Texas.