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FAQ:Texas Marriage License

What you need to know to obtain a marriage license in the state of Texas


In order to officially be considered husband and wife by the state of Texas, you must first obtain a marriage license. If begging for parental approval, financing a gem that makes her friends jealous and proposing on bended knee weren't enough to keep you busy, you can now add this task to your list of pre-marital duties. Luckily, the process is fairly easy and requires only a few documents. How old do I have to be to obtain a marriage license?

You must be 18 years of age in order to obtain a marriage license without parental consent. You must be between 16 and 18 to obtain a license with parental consent.

Do I need to be a resident of Texas in order to purchase a marriage license?

Where do I go to get a marriage license in Houston?

Visit your local county's clerk's office. The majority of Houstonians reside in Harris County. A listing of Harris County branches can be found here.

What documents am I required to provide in order to obtain a marriage license?

Both the bride and groom (who must both be present) must present valid personal identification. This can be in the form of a drivers license, DPS-issued ID card, valid passport, resident alien card, certified copy of or an original birth certificate. Social security numbers should be either present or memorized.

How much does a marriage license cost?

The fee for applying for a marriage license is $71. The clerk's office does not accept credit cards or checks. It is important to remember to bring $71 in cash.

How soon after purchasing a marriage license can the marriage ceremony be held?

There is a wait period of 72 hours before using a marriage license.

How many days do we have to use the license ?

A marriage ceremony must be conducted within 30 days of receiving the marriage license.

Can two people of the same sex obtain a marriage license?

No, same sex marriage is not legal in the state of Texas.

Who is capable of marrying us?

Licensed ministers, priests, Jewish rabbis, justices of the supreme court, justices of the peace and magistrates of the state of Texas are all eligible for performing marriages.

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