Texas Marriage License Information

Q: What is the cost of a Texas marriage license?

A: The marriage license fee varies from county to county. Fee is $72 in Harris County. Prices will vary in other

     counties. Check with the County Clerk's office of other counties for their fees.

A: The accepted form of payment is cash in most counties (some counties may accept other forms of payment.)

Q: How should I pay for my Texas marriage license?

A: You must have valid, government-issued picture identification such as a drivers license, I.D. card issued by

     DPS, a valid passport, or resident alien card.

Q: What kind of I.D. is needed to get a marriage license in Texas?
Q: Is there a waiting period from the date the license is issued
    to the date I am allowed to marry?

A: Yes, in Texas there is a mandatory 72 hour waiting period after receiving your marriage license to the time you

     may be married in most cases.


    The waiting period can be waived due to active military status. You will need to show your military I.D. to waive

     the waiting period.

Q: Is there a waiting period from the application date
    to the date the license is issued?

A: No, you will receive your Texas marriage license immediately after showing proper I.D., filling out personal

     information, and paying at the county clerk's office.

A: There are no state residency requirements to obtain a Texas marriage license. You do not have to be a previous

     or current resident of Texas to obtain a marriage license that is valid statewide.

Q: What are the residency requirements for Texas?
Q: How long does a marriage license remain valid once it's issued?

A: You must use your Texas marriage license within 90 days of the date it was issued or it will expire.


    Once expired, you must re-apply and wait another 72 hour waiting period (unless waived) in order to use your

    Texas marriage license or to get married.

A: If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be provided.


    If the divorce or spouse's death had taken place within the last 30 days, you will need a certified copy of the

    divorce decree or death certificate. Information about obtaining a copy of your divorce records or spouse's

    death certificate can be found by clicking here.

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

A: In most cases, yes, both bride and groom will need to apply in person.


     If one is unable to appear, you will need to obtain an "absent application" form, take it to that person, have

     them fill it out and have it notarized.


     View instructions on completing Affidavit of Absent Applicant on Application by clicking here.


     Obtain an affidavit of Absent Applicant on Application of Marriage Licence form by clicking here.

Q: Do we have to apply for our marriage license in person?
Q: Are blood tests or physical exams required?

A: No. There is no blood test or physical exam required in the state of Texas to obtain your marriage license.


    All you will need are your government-issued picture I.D. cards, payment, and a few minutes of your time to

    answer some questions about yourselves at the county clerk's office.

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

A: 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.

A: You must be 18 years old or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to

     show proof of age.

Q: What is the minimum age a man or woman may marry?
Q: Are cousin marriages legal?

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

A: Yes, marriage by proxy is allowed only for active military applicants. You will need to complete the Affidavit of

    Absent Applicant on Application for Marriage License form.

Q: Are proxy marriages legal?
Q: Are common law marriages legal?

A: Yes, common-law marriages are allowed. Read more about common law marriage in Texas by clicking here.