A couple who intends to be married in Texas must apply in person for a marriage license at a Texas County Clerk’s Office. The application for a license must be signed by both the bride and groom in the presence of the a county clerk.

Applications must be filled out and social security numbers and proof of age and identity must be shown.

ID Requirement

In Texas, you will need one valid form of ID such as drivers license, certified copy of your birth certificate, U. S. passport, military ID card, and your social security number.

Residency Requirement

Neither one of you have to be a resident of Texas. Texas is a great locale for a destination wedding!

Pre-marital Education

In Texas, couples are encouraged to attend a premarital education course that is at least four hours in duration. It must be finished during the year preceding applying for a marriage license. Contact the county clerk for a roster of area course providers.

Previous Marriage:

If divorced within thirty days, Texas requires that you show a certified copy of your divorce decree stating the 30 day waiting period is waived.

Waiting Period in Texas:

The 72 hours (3 days) waiting period in Texas can be waived for active duty military personnel.

Fees and Other Tests:

$31 – $71 cash, so don’t leave home without it! The fees may vary from Texas county to county. Blood tests or medical examinations are not required in Texas.

NOTE: Effective September 2008, a portion of the license fee will be waived if a couple takes an 8-hour premarital preparation course that covers important marital skills and issues such as conflict management and communication.


If you have questions concerning the marriage registration process or if you need a copy of a marriage or divorce decree, you must contact a County Clerk’s office for marriage information or a District Clerk’s office for divorce decrees. Click here for a link to a list of County Clerk addresses and phone numbers.