Texas Marriage License

If you're getting married in Texas, you must first apply for a marriage license. It'll cost you $65.00 to $88.00, and you'll have to use it within 90 days.

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Where to go

Where can I get a marriage license?

Texas marriage licenses are issued on the county level, at the County Clerk Office, by the County Clerk.

Where can I use it once I get it?

Your marriage license can be used throughout the state, regardless of which County Clerk Office you get it from.

Your license is only valid within the borders of Texas. For instance, you can't get a marriage license from the neighboring state of Arkansas, then use it here—and vice versa.

Costs

How much is a marriage license in Texas?

There are three different price points:

Price 1: Default cost

A marriage license costs approximately $65.00 to 88.00 USD. The cost can vary between each County Clerk Office, as each county is allowed to set its own price.

Price 2: Cost after taking a Twogether in Texas Marriage Education Class

If you're willing to undergo a Twogether in Texas Marriage Education Class that the state of Texas recognizes, a marriage license costs approximately $5.00 to 61.00 USD. This is a savings of up to $60.00; a 92% markdown below the regular fee.

Price 3: For an informal (common-law) marriage license

An informal (or common-law) marriage license costs approximately $30.00 to 82.00 USD.

I've changed my mind; can I get my money back?

County Clerk Offices will not issue refunds for unused marriage licenses.

Attendance

Must we both be present when applying?

Both parties to the marriage must appear together when applying for a marriage license.

Waiting periods

Is there a waiting period to get a marriage license?

There is no waiting period to get a Texas marriage license. You'll get your license the same day you apply for it.

How soon can I get married after getting a license?

Texas law requires you to wait 72 hours after getting a marriage license before you're allowed to get married.

Expiration dates

When will my marriage license expire?

Your Texas marriage license will expire 90 days after it's been issued. If you don't get married before time runs out, you'll have to start over and apply for a brand new license.

I need more time; can I get an extension on my license?

Extensions are not provided for expired (or near expiring) marriage licenses. If your license completely expires you must reapply and repay the same $65.00-88.00 application fee, wherein you'll be given 90 more days.

Residency requirements

What are the rules for residents and non-residents?

Whether you're a resident or non-resident of Texas, the rules are the same; you can apply for a marriage license anywhere in the state. You can then get married anywhere within the state.

Age requirements

How old must I be to get married?

You must be 18 years old (or above) to get married in Texas without parental consent.

16 to 17 years old

You must obtain the consent of at least one parent or legal guardian. Even if one parent/guardian objects, you can still obtain a marriage license (over their objection) as long as the other provides consent.

Identification requirements

What forms of ID must I bring?

There are multiple types of identification to consider bringing when applying for a marriage license at your local County Clerk Office. They are as follows:

Provide one of the following:

  • Driver's License
    • Issued by any U.S. state or territory
  • State-issued Identification
    • Issued by any U.S. state or territory
  • Passport
    • Issued by any U.S. or foreign government body
  • Birth Certificate
    • Original or certified copy
    • Issued by any U.S. or foreign government body
  • Military Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Military Dependent Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Permanent Resident Card
    • Issued by USCIS
    • Also referred to as an Alien Registration Card, Green Card, and Permanent Visa

Provide the following:

  • Birth Certificate
    • Original or certified copy

Provide the following:

  • Social Security Number
    • Issued by the SSA
    • You don't need to bring you card; just know your number
    • It's understood that non-U.S. citizens are unlikely to have a SSN

If unavailable, provide the following:

  • Social Security Administration Written Verification
    • Issued by the SSA
    • The SSA must provide written verification that you do not have a Social Security Number

Name Change

How do I go about changing my name due to marriage?

Undergoing a marriage-related name change in the state of Texas (or any other state) involves notifying various government and non-government institutions. You'll typically start with updating your Social Security Card, driver's license, passport, and other federal/state/non-governmental institutions.

Keep in mind, your name does not automatically and legally change just because you get married or obtain a marriage license or marriage certificate; you must go through the steps of updating your identification documents, whether it's through an online name change service, or contacting the SSA, State Dept. and TX DMV directly.

Blood Tests

Am I required to get a blood test?

No, Texas does not require you, nor your partner, to get a blood test as a condition for getting a marriage license.

Divorced

What if I've been previously divorced?

If you've been previously divorced, or have had an annulment or dissolution, there are extra bits of information that you must provide the County Clerk when applying.

In Texas, it is unlawful for any person to get married until 30 days after the judgment of divorce is granted. If your divorce was finalized within the past 30 days, you must wait to apply for your marriage license until such time has passed.

What if I'm separated from my spouse, but not yet divorced?

Texas law forbids a marriage license be granted to anyone who is currently married or separated from their spouse. You must have your divorce finalized, or marriage annulled, before getting married again.

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