Texas Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in TX

If you're getting married in the state of Texas you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is roughly $67.00 dollars, although fees may vary from county to county. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of Texas to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

Yes, after you receive your license, there is still a mandatory 3 day waiting period before you can actually get married. The waiting period can be waived due to active military status.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 30 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parents or legal guardians must be present. If a parent can not be present, due to death, separation, divorce or other circumstances, proper evidence must be presented for verification. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. If the divorce or spouse's death had taken place within the last 30 days, bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Texas or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

Yes. Texas is one of only five states that does allow marriage by proxy to be legally performed.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Texas marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

Yes, common-law marriages are allowed in Texas. The fact that it is a viable option in this state is notable considering common law marriage is not available in four-fifths of the country.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

No, cousin marriages are not allowed. As of September 1, 2005, first cousin marriages were no longer allowed.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or legally recognized in Texas.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Texas has 222 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Anderson County Clerk

500 Church St
Palestine, TX 75801

903-723-7432

Andrews County Clerk

215 Northwest 1st
Andrews, TX 79714

915-524-1426

Angelina County Clerk

215 E Lufkin Ave
Lufkin, TX 75902

409-634-8339

Aransas County , County Clerk

301 North Live Oak St
Rockport, TX 78382

512-790-0122

Armstrong Deputy Clerk

P.O. Box 309
Claude, TX 79019

806-226-2081

Atascosa County Clerk

Room 61 Circle Drive
Jourdanton, TX 78026

830-769-3011

Austin County Clerk

1 East Main
Belville, TX 77418

409-865-5911

Bailey County Clerk

300 S. First St
Muleshoe, TX 79347

806-272-3044

Bastrop County , County Recorders Office

803 Pine St 1st Floor
Bastron, TX 78602

512-321-4444

Beeville County Clerk , Bee County Courthouse

105 W Corpus Christi St Rm 103
Beeville, TX 78102

512-362-3245

Bell County Clerk

Corner Of Central & Main
Belton, TX 76513

254-939-3521

Bexar County Clerks

County Courthouse
San Antonio, TX 78205

210-220-2581

Blanco County Clerk

P.O. Box 65
Johnson City, TX 78636

830-868-7357

Bosque County Clerk

106 River St
Meridian, TX 76665

254-435-2201

Bowie County Clerk

1000 James Bowie Dr
Boston, TX 75570

903-628-6744

Brazoria County Clerk

111 E Locust Room 200
Angleton, TX 77516

409-849-5711

Brazos County Clerk

300 E 26th St, #120
Bryan, TX 77803

409-361-4130

Brewster County Clerk

201 West Ave E
Alpine, TX 79830

915-837-3366

Brooks County Clerk

P.O. Box 427
Falfurnas, TX 78355

512-325-3053

Brown County Clerk

200 South Broadway
Brownwood, TX 76801

915-643-2594

Burleson County Clerk

Buck & Fox St Rm 203, 2nd Flr
Caldwell, TX 77832

409-567-4326

Burnet County Recorder

220 S. Poerce St
Burnet, TX 78611

512-756-5420

Caldwell County Clerk

110 S Main St
Lockhart, TX 78644

512-398-1804

Calhoun County Clerk

211 S. Ann St
Port La Vaca, TX 77979

512-553-4411

Callahan County Clerk

100 W 4th St, # 104
Barid, TX 79504

915-854-1217

Cameron County Clerk

964 East Harrison
Brownsville, TX 78520

956-544-0815

Camp County Clerk

126 Church St Rm 102
Pittsburgh, TX 75686

903-856-2731

Carson County & District Clerk

501 Main St
Panhandle, TX 79068

806-537-3873

Cass County Clerk

101 E Houston St
Linden, TX 75563

903-756-5071

Chambers County Clerk

404 Washington St
Anahuac, TX 77514

806-647-3338

Cherokee County Clerk

502 N Main St
Rusk, TX 75785

903-683-2350

Childress County Clerk

100 Ave E NW
Childress, TX 79201

940-937-6143

Clay County Clerk

100 North Bridge
Henrietta, TX 76365

940-538-4631

Cochran County Clerk

100 N Main St, # 102
Morton, TX 79346

806-266-5450

Coleman County Clerk

P.O. Box 591
Coleman, TX 76834

972-625-2889

Collin County Recorder

210 S. Mcdonald, Suite 124
Mc Kinney, TX 75069

972-548-4137

Colorado County Clerk

P O Drawer 68
Columbus, TX 78934

409-732-2155

Comal County Clerk

100 Main Plaza Room 104
New Braunfels, TX 78130

512-620-5513

Comanche County Clerk

Courthouse
Comanche, TX 76442

915-356-2655

Cooke County Clerk

County Courthouse
Gainsville, TX 76240

817-668-5421

Coryell County Clerk

7th & Main St
Gatesville, TX 76528

817-865-5016

Cottle County Clerk

9th & Richards, P.O. 717
Paducan, TX 79248

806-492-3823

County Clerk

907 Ave D
Ozona, TX 76943

915-392-2022

Crane County Clerk

6th & Alford
Crane, TX 79731

915-558-3581

Dallam County Clerk

101 East Fifth
Dalhart, TX 79022

806-249-4751

Dallas County Clerk

500 Main St
Dallas, TX 75202

214-653-7478

Dawson County Clerk

P.O. Box 1268
La Mesa, TX 79331

806-872-3778

De Witt County Clerk

307 N Gonzales St
Cuero, TX 77954

512-275-3724

Deaf Smith County Clerk

235 East 3rd Rm 203
Hereford, TX 79045

806-363-7077

Delta County Clerk

200 W Dallas Ave
Cooper, TX 75432

903-395-4110

Denton County Clerk

401 West Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201

940-565-8501

Dimmit County Clerks

103 North 5th St
Carrizo Springs, TX 78834

830-876-3569

Donley County Recorder

300 S. Sully
Clarendon, TX 79226

806-874-3436

Duval County Clerk

400 E Gravis
San Diego, TX 78384

512-279-3322

Eastland County , County Recorders Office

100 W Main St
Eastland, TX 76448

254-629-1583

Ector County Clerk , County Recorders Office

P.O. Box 707
Odessa, TX 79760

432-498-4130

El Paso County Clerks

104 City County Bldg.
El Paso, TX 77901

915-546-2071

Ellis County Clerk

101 W Main St
Waxahachie, TX 75165

972-923-5070

Erath County Clerk

100 W Washington St
Stephenville, TX 76401

254-965-1482

Falls County Clerk

P.O. Box 458
Marlin, TX 76661

254-883-1408

Fannin County Clerk

101 E Sam Rayburn Dr, #102
Bonham, TX 75418

903-583-7486

Fayette County Clerk

151 N Washington St, #103
La Grange, TX 78945

409-968-3251

Fisher County Clerk

P.O. Box 368
Roby, TX 79543

915-776-2401

Floyd McGinnese County Clerk

P.O. Box 218
Crosbyton, TX 79322

806-675-2334

Fort Bend County

301 Jackson St
Richmond, TX 77469

281-341-8685

Franklin County Clerk

P.O. Box 68
Mount Bernan, TX 75457

903-537-4252

Freestone County Recorder

P.O. Box 1017
Fairfield, TX 75840

903-389-2635

Frio County Clerks

500 E San Antonio St, #6
Pearsall, TX 78061

830-334-2214

Gaines County Clerk

801 Ave H
Shallowater, TX 79363

806-832-4521

Galveston County Clerk

722 Moody St
Galveston, TX 77550

409-766-2200

Garza County Clerk

P.O. Box 366
Post, TX 79356

806-495-3535

Gillespie County

101 Main St
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

830-997-6515

Glasscock County Clerk

P.O. Box 190
Garden City, TX 79739

915-354-2612

Goliad County Clerk

127 N Courthouse Square
Goliad, TX 77963

512-645-3294

Gonzales County Clerk

P.O. Box 77
Gonzales, TX 78629

512-672-2435

Gray County Clerk

205 North Russell St
Pampa, TX 79065

806-669-8004

Grayson County Clerk

100 W Houston St, # 17
Sherman, TX 75090

903-813-4243

Gregg County Clerk , 101 East Methvin St

Suite 200
Longview, TX 75601

903-236-8430

Grimes County Clerk

101 S Main St
Anderson, TX 77830

409-873-2662

Guadalupe County Clerk

101 East Court St
Seguin, TX 78155

830-303-4188

Hale County Clerk

500 Broadway Suite 140
Plainview, TX 79072

806-291-5261

Hall County Clerk

C/O Hall County Courthouse
Memphis, TX 79245

806-259-2627

Hansford County Clerk

1 NW Court St
Spearman, TX 79081

806-659-4110

Hardeman County Clerk

P.O. Box 30
Quanah, TX 79252

817-663-2901

Hardin County Clerk , Highway 326 Court

House Sq
Kountze, TX 77625

409-246-5185

Harris County , County Clerks Office

1001 Preston St, # 400
Houston, TX 77251

713-755-6405

Harrison County Clerks

200 W Houston St Fl 1
Marshall, TX 75670

903-935-4858

Hartley County Clerk

9th & Railroad Ave
Channing, TX 79018

806-235-3582

Hays County Clerk

137 N Guadalupe St
San Marcos, TX 78666

512-396-2601

Hemphill County Clerk

400 Main St 2nd Floor
Canadian, TX 79014

806-323-6212

Henderson County Clerk

P.O. Box 632
Athens, TX 75751

903-675-6140

Hidalgo County Clerk

100 N Closner Blvd Fl 1
Edinburg, TX 78540

956-318-2141

Hill County Clerk

126 S Covington St
Hillsborough, TX 76645

254-582-2161

Hockley County

802 Houston St, # 213
Levelland, TX 79336

806-894-3185

Hood County Clerk

101 East Pearl
Granbury, TX 76048

817-579-3222

Hopkins County Clerk

118 Church St
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482

903-438-4074

Houston County Clerk

P.O. Box 370
Crockett, TX 75835

409-544-3255

Howard County Clerk

300 Main St
Big Springs, TX 79720

915-264-2213

Hunt County Clerk

2500 Lee St
Greenville, TX 75401

903-408-4130

Hutchinson County Clerk

600 Main St, Rm 2ll
Stinnett, TX 79083

806-878-4002

Irion County Clerk

209 N Parkview Ave
Mertzon, TX 76941

915-835-2421

Jack County Clerk

100 Main St
Jackboro, TX 76458

940-567-2111

Jackson County Clerk

115 West Main
Edna, TX 77957

512-782-3563

Jasper County Clerk

101 E Lamar St, # 103
Jasper, TX 75951

409-384-2632

Jefferson County Clerk

1149 Pearl St
Beaumont, TX 77704

409-835-8475

Jim Hogg County Recorders

102 East Tilley
Hebbronville, TX 78361

512-527-4031

Jim Wells County Clerk

200 North Almond St
Alice, TX 78333

512-668-5702

Johnson City Clerk , Courthouse Rm 101

P.O. Box 662
Cleburne, TX 76033

817-556-6323

Jones County Clerk

P.O. Box 552
Anson, TX 79501

915-823-3762

Joy Jones County Clerk

100 East Bedford
Dimmitt, TX 79027

806-647-3338

Karnes County Clerk

101 N Panna Maria Ave, # 9
Karnes, TX 78118

512-780-3938

Kaufman County Clerk

County Court House
Kaufman, TX 75142

972-932-4331

Kendall County Clerk , 204 E San Antonio St

Suite 2
Boernie, TX 78006

830-249-9343

Kerr County Clerks

700 Main St
Kerrville, TX 78028

830-792-2255

Kimble County Recorder

501 Main St
Junction, TX 76849

915-446-3353

Kinney County Clerks

501 Ann St
Brackett Ville, TX 78832

830-563-2521

Kleberg County Clerk

700 E Kleberg Ave
Kingsville, TX 78364

512-595-8548

Knox County Clerk

P.O. Box 196
Benjamin, TX 79505

940-454-2441

La Salle County Clerk

P.O. Box 340
Cotulla, TX 78014

830-879-2117

Lamar County Clerk

119 North Main
Paris, TX 75460

903-737-2420

Lamb County Clerk

P.O. Box 3
Littlefield, TX 79339

806-385-4222

Lampasas County Clerks

412 South Live Oaks
Lampasas, TX 76550

512-556-8271

Lavaca County Clerks

201 N La Grange
Hallattsalle, TX 77964

512-798-3612

Lee County Clerk

200 S Main St
Giddings, TX 78942

409-542-3684

Leon County Clerk

204 E St Mary St
Centerville, TX 75833

903-536-2352

Liberty County Clerk

1923 Samhouston, #209
Liberty, TX 77575

409-336-4670

Limestone County Clerk

200 W State St
Groesbeck, TX 76642

254-729-5504

Llano County Clerk

801 Ford St
Llano, TX 78643

915-247-4455

Lynn County Clerk

P.O. Box 937
Tahoka, TX 79373

806-998-4750

Madison County Clerk , 101 W Main St

Room 102
Madisonville, TX 77864

409-348-2638

Marion County Clerk

P O Drawer "F"
Jefferson, TX 75657

903-665-3971

Martin County Clerk

301 N Peter St
Stanton, TX 79782

915-756-3412

Matagorda County Clerk

1700 7th St
Bay City, TX 77414

409-244-7680

Maverick County Clerk

P.O. Box 4050
Eagle Pass, TX 78853

830-773-2829

Mc Culloch County Clerk

199 Court House Sq Fl 2
Brady, TX 76825

915-597-0733

Mc Lennan County Clerk

215 North 5th 2nd Blvd
Waco, TX 76703

254-757-5078

Medina County Clerk

100 16th St, # 109
Hondo, TX 78861

830-741-6041

Menard County Clerk

210 E San Saba
Menard, TX 76859

915-396-4682

Midland County Clerk

200 West Wall
Midland, TX 79702

915-688-1070

Milam County Clerk

100 S Fannin Ave Fl 1
Cameron, TX 76520

254-697-6596

Mitchell County Clerk

349 Oak St
Colorado City, TX 79512

915-728-3481

Montague County Clerk

P.O. Box 77
Montague, TX 76251

940)-894-2461

Montgomery County Recorder

300 Main St, #122
Conroe, TX 77301

409-539-7885

Moore County Clerk

715 Dumas Room 105
Dumas, TX 79029

806-935-2009

Morris County Clerk

500 Broadmax
Daingerfield, TX 75638

903-645-3911

Motley County Clerk

P.O. Box 66
Matador, TX 79244

806-347-2621

Nacogdoches County Clerk

101 West Main
Nacogdoches, TX 75961

409-560-7733

Navarro County Clerk

300 W 3rd Ave, # 101
Corsicana, TX 75151

903-654-3035

Nolan County Clerk

100 E Third
Sweetwater, TX 79556

915-235-2462

Nueces County Clerk

901 Leopard St Room 201
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

512-888-0580

Oak County Clerk

P.O. Box 280
George West, TX 78022

512-449-2733

Ochiltree County Clerk

511 S. Main St
Perryton, TX 79070

806-435-8039

Oldham County Clerk

385 Main St
Vega, TX 79092

806-267-2667

Orange County Clerk

801 Division 77630
Orange, TX 77631

409-883-7740

Palo Pinto County

P.O. Box 8
Palo Pinto, TX 76072

940-659-1277

Panola County Clerk

201 Court House
Carthage, TX 75633

903-693-0302

Parker County Clerk

1112 Santa Fe Drive
Weatherford, TX 76086

817-599-6591

Parmer County Clerk

401 3rd St
Farwell, TX 79325

806-481-3691

Pecos County Clerk

103 W Callhan St
Fort Stockton, TX 79735

915-336-7555

Polk County Clerk

101 W Church St, # 100
Livigston, TX 77351

409-327-6804

Potter County Clerks

500 S Fillmore St, # 205
Amarillo, TX 79105

806-379-2275

Rains County Clerk

100 Quitman St
Emory, TX 75440

903-473-2461

Randall County Clerk

401 15th St
Canyon, TX 79015

806-655-6330

Reagan County Clerk

P.O. Box 100
Big Lake, TX 76932

915-884-2442

Real County Clerk

P.O. Box 656
Leakey, TX 78873

830-232-5202

Red River , County Clerk

200 N Walnut
Clarksville, TX 75426

903-427-2401

Reeves County Clerk

100 E 4th St, # 101
Pecos, TX 79772

915-445-5467

Refugio County Clerks

808 Commerce #112
Refugio, TX 78377

512-526-2233

Robertson County Clerk

P.O. Box L
Franklin, TX 77856

409-828-4130

Rockwall County Clerk

County Court House
Rockwall, TX 75087

972-771-3382

Runnels County Recorder

800 Courthouse Square
Ballinger, TX 76821

915-365-2720

Rusk County Clerk

115 North Main
Henderson, TX 75653

903-657-0330

Sabine County Clerk

P.O. Drawer 580
Hemphill, TX 75948

409-787-3786

San Agustine County Clerk , County Clerks Office

106 Courthouse
San Augustine, TX 75972

409-275-2452

San Jacinto County Clerk

P.O. Box 669
Cold Spring, TX 77331

409-653-2324

San Patricio County

400 W Sinton St
Sinton, TX 78387

512-364-6290

San Saba County Clerk

500 E Wallace St
San Saba, TX 76877

915-372-3614

Schleicher County , Highway 277

Courthouse Square
Eldorado, TX 76936

915-853-2833

Scurry County Clerk , 1806 25th St

Suite 300
Snyder, TX 79549

915-573-5332

Shackelford County Clerk

200 Main
Albany, TX 76430

915-762-2232

Shelby County Clerk

200 San Augustine St
Center, TX 75935

409-598-6361

Sherman County Clerk

701 N 3rd St
Stratford, TX 79084

806-396-2371

Smith County Clerks

100 North Broadway
Tyler, TX 75702

903-535-0630

Somervell County Clerk

107 N E Vermon
Glen Rose, TX 76043

254-897-4427

Stephens County Clerk

200 W Walker St
Breckenridge, TX 76424

254-559-3700

Stonewall County Clerk

510 S. Broadway
Aspermont, TX 79502

940-989-2272

Sutton County Clerk

300 E Oak, Suite 3
Sonora, TX 76950

915-387-3815

Swisher County Clerk

County Court House
Tulia, TX 79088

806-995-3294

Tarrant County Clerk

100 Weatherford St
Fort Worth, TX 76196

817-884-1064

Taylor County Recorder

P.O. Box 5497
Abilenne, TX 79608

915-674-1202

Terry County Clerk

5th And Main
Brownfield, TX 79316

806-637-8551

Throckmorton County Clerk

105 N Minter
Throckmorton, TX 76483

940-849-2501

Titus County Clerk

100 West 1st St, Suite #204
Mt Pleasant, TX 75455

903-577-6796

Tom Green County Clerks

124 W Beauregard
San Angelo, TX 76903

915-659-6556

Travis County Clerk

1000 Guadalupe St, 222
Austin, TX 78767

512-473-9188

Trinity County Clerk

P.O. Box 456
Groveton, TX 75845

409-642-1208

Tyler County Clerk

100 Courthouse
Woodville, TX 75979

409-283-2281

Upshur County Clerk

P.O. Box 730
Gilmer, TX 75644

903-843-4015

Upton County Recorders

205 East 10th
Rankin, TX 79778

915-693-2861

Uvalde County Clerk

100 N Getty St
Uvalde, TX 78802

830-278-6614

Val Verde County Clerk

400 Pican St
Del Rio, TX 78841

830-774-7564

Van Zandt County Clerk

121 East Dallas, Room 202
Canton, TX 75103

903-567-6503

Victoria County Clerk

115 North Bridge
Victoria, TX 77901

512-575-1478

Walker County Clerk

1100 University Ave, Rm 201
Huntsville, TX 77342

409-436-4922

Waller County Clerk

836 Austin St Room 217
Hempstead, TX 77445

409-826-7711

Ward County Clerks Office

400 S Allen Ave
Monahans, TX 79756

915-943-3294

Washington County Clerk

105 Main St
Brenham, TX 77833

409-836-4300

Webb County Clerk

1110 Victoria
Laredo, TX 78040

956-721-2645

Wharton County Clerk

P.O. Box 69
Wharton, TX 77488

409-532-2381

Wheeler County Clerk

P.O. Box 465
Wheeler, TX 79096

806-826-5544

Wichita County Clerk

900 7th St 76301
Wichita, TX 76307

940-766-8144

Wilbarger County Clerk

1700 Wilbarger St,
Vernon, TX 76384

940-552-5486

Willacy County Clerks

540 W Hidalgo Ave
Raymondville, TX 78580

956-689-2710

Williamson County Clerk

P.O. Box 18
Georgetown, TX 78627

512-930-4315

Wilson County Clerk

1420 3rd St
Floresville, TX 78114

830-393-7308

Winkler County Clerk

101 E Winkler.
Kermit, TX 79745

915-586-3401

Wise County Clerk

101 1/2 North Trinity
Decatur, TX 76234

940-627-3351

Wood County Clerk

211 W Bermuda
Quitman, TX 75783

903-763-2711

Yoakum County Clerk

10th Ave & G St
Plains, TX 79355

806-456-2721

Young County Clerks

512 4th St
Graham, TX 76450

940-549-8432

Zapata County Clerk

7th Ave Hidalgo
Zapata, TX 78076

956-765-9915

Zavala County Clerk

200 E Euvalda St
Crystal City, TX 78839

830-374-2331