Getting married is a period in a person’s life that many look forward to, as it is the official and legal union of two partners. In order for your marriage to be legally recognized by the state of Texas, as well as nationwide, you will need to apply for a marriage license. The process is usually very simple, and can be conducted at a local Clerk of Court office.
If you are in the process of getting ready for wedding bliss, one of the things you must scratch off your to-do list is obtaining a marriage license. Depending on the county in which you live in, the step-by-step requirements may vary. However, there are some general requirements that every citizen must abide by.
First, you must contact the County Clerk that is in your regional area and set a date to turn in all the necessary paperwork for a marriage license. For identity purposes, you will be required to present valid identification, such as your current Texas drivers license, your United States birth certificate or your passport. You will also need to show proof of your Social Security Number, such as by way of a Social Security card.
Secondly, both parties applying for a marriage license must be at least 18 years of age and be physically present for the request.
Finally, before a marriage license is issued, you will be asked to fill out the proper documentation with your personal information. Your partner will be required to do the same. Be aware that there is a waiting period for a marriage license to be issued in Texas, which usually takes up to 72 hours.
If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you will need to have parental consent or an official court order to be issued a marriage license. If you are providing parental consent, your parent or legal guardian must be physically present at the time of application. He or she will be asked to show proof of identity, such as a Texas drivers license. The minor is also required to turn in valid identification, such as a certified copy of birth certificate with a drivers license, school ID or Texas ID.
It is important to apply for your marriage license 30 days before your big day in order to avoid any issues or delays. The cost of your marriage license will vary, depending on your state. Take note that, although it isn’t required, it is highly recommended that your soon-to-be spouse and you attend pre-marital education and counseling. You may also have your marriage license fee waived by taking a pre-marital educational course. If you would like to inquire about a list of providers in your area, talk to your County Clerk about surrounding professionals.
Note: The state of Texas does not require marriage license applicants to submit to blood testing or medical exams in general.