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How to Get Married in Texas

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Do you need a marriage license to get married in Texas?

Yes, all couples must apply for and receive a marriage license in the state of Texas. Couples may apply at any County Clerk’s office in the state of Texas. The license is good throughout the entire state.

What do we need to bring with us to do to get a marriage license in Texas?

Bring your fiancé. Both members of the wedding party must be present when filing the application.

Bring Identification. Each individual must provide a current state or federal photo id or a certified birth certificate. You must be at least 16 years of age to apply for a marriage license.

Bring Money. A Texas marriage license will cost between $70 - $85 dollars depending on the county where you choose to apply. If both partners are residents of Texas, you can choose to take a voluntary premarital class which lasts about 8 hours and will save you $60 on your license fee.

Bring Patience: There is a 72 hour mandatory waiting period on all marriage licenses. This waiting period may be waived by completion of the voluntary premarital class. Your marriage license remains valid for 90 days after issue. You have 30 days after the ceremony to return the license to the county clerk.

Who Can Marry You?Texas law has specific regulations as to whom can marry someone legally in the state.

  • A retired judge of a municipal court and a retired judge or magistrate of a federal court of Texas;a justice of the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court; judge of the Criminal appeals; judge of the district, county, and probate courts; judge of the county courts at law; judge of the courts of domestic relations; judge of juvenile courts; and retired justice or judge of those courts or current or retired justice of the peace.
  • Any licensed or ordained Christian minister or priest, a Jewish Rabbi, or a person who is an officer in a religious organization authorized by the organization to conduct the marriage ceremony.
  • Want someone else to marry you? They can get ordained online. http://getordained.org/
For a detailed list of Country Clerks Offices, special circumstances and more detailed information go to http://www.cityapplications.com/marriage-licenses/...

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