In Texas, you must have your Marriage License seventy-two (72) hours prior to the wedding ceremony. Active Military Personnel are exempt from the 72 hour waiting period. Marriage Licenses are purchased from the County Clerk at the County Court House and are good for ninety (90) days from the date of purchase. You may purchase your Marriage License in any county and go to another county within the State of Texas to be married.
THE RECORDING PROCESS
We sign and complete the Marriage License as the Wedding Officiant. All Marriage Licenses are immediately sent to the County Clerk to be recorded the next business day following the wedding. Once the Marriage License has been recorded by the County Clerk, the original Marriage License will then be mailed back to the address on the Marriage License that you provided when it was purchased.
Marriage Licenses are recorded in the county where they are issued, not in the county where you live or the county where you had your wedding. When you may receive your Marriage License back depends upon the county where it was purchased. Large counties take longer to return the Marriage License, sometimes as long as 4-6 weeks. Smaller counties issue fewer licenses and can process the license faster, sometimes as quick as 2-3 weeks.
“WHEN YOU GO TO THE COURTHOUSE “
You will need proof of your identity and age.
- You may use your Texas Driver’s License or your Birth Certificate.
- You will need parental consent if you are less than 18 years of age.
- If you are from Out-of-State or do not have a Driver’s License you will need your Social Security Card and a photo I.D.
- If you are from another Country and want to be married in the United States you will need to have your Passport.
- You must appear together before the County Clerk to purchase your Marriage License.
- County Clerk Offices are only open Monday through Friday and are closed on weekends.
COUNTY CLERK OFFICES – HOUSTON:
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201 Caroline St. 4th Floor 713.755.6405
7300 N. Shepherd 713.697.5193
6000 Chimney Rock 713.660.7902
107 E. Shaw 713.473.9048
16603 Buccaneer 281.486.7250
16715 Clay Road 281.859.0685
7900 Will Clayton Parkway 281.540.1173
701 W. Baker Road 281.422.0253
6831 Cypresswood 281.379.1057
10851 Scarsdale 281.464.0115
Brazoria County 979.864.1355
Fort Bend County – Richmond 281.342.3411
Galveston County: 409.766.2200
League City 281.316.8732
Montgomery County: 281.353.9791
The Woodlands 281.364.4241
COUNTY CLERK OFFICES – SAN ANTONIO
Bexar County Courthouse:
San Antonio, TX
Kerr County Clerks Office:
700 Main, Rm 122
Comal County Courthouse:
100 Main Plaza, Rm 102
New Braunfels, TX.
Kendall County Clerks Office:
201 East San Antonio Street, Rm 127
Wilson County Clerks Office:
1420 3rd Street, Rm 105
Guadalupe County Courthouse:
101 East Court Street
830-303-4188 (ext. 235)
*You must have your Marriage License 72 hours prior to the ceremony!