If you are applying for a marriage license please note the following requirements:
Marriage Licenses can be obtained at the Tarrant County Plaza or sub-courthouses
The hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Marriage applications may also be started online. Once the application is submitted, the applicants must come to the office to pay the required filing fee and then obtain their license.
MARRIAGE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS IN THE STATE OF TEXAS:
A man and a woman desiring to enter into a ceremonial marriage must obtain a marriage license from the county clerk of any county of this state.
The man and woman agreed to be married and after the agreement, they lived together in this state as husband and wife and they represented to others that they were married.
1. Proof of Date: when you began living together as husband and wife.
2. Proof of Address for both Parities.
3. If divorced, certified copy of Divorce Decree
Applicants should be 18 years or older with valid identification. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a certified copy of their (long form) birth certificate issued in the last 10 years.
The minimum age for marriage in Texas with parental consent is 16. Parents listed on the long form birth certificate must be present and give written consent. The consenting parent must provide some form of government identification such as a valid driver's license. If the natural parents are divorced, the parent given custody must be present, and give written consent, and present a certified copy of their custody papers.
Judicial approval is required for anyone under the age of 16 to marry. Individuals who are 16 and 17 must have judicial approval or parental consent.
Blood test or health certificates are not required to obtain a license.
A license will be issued to persons who may be delinquent for payment of court-ordered child support.
There is a 30-day waiting period after a divorce is granted within this state. An applicant may apply for a license within the 30 days if the court issues a waiver in the divorce decree.
The marriage license fee $71.00 in cash or credit card (small processing fee applicable).
As of September 1, 2008, couples who go through the State of Texas approved Marriage Education Class (House Bill 2685) will not have to pay the $60 State portion of their marriage license fee.
USING MAIDEN NAME ON MARRIAGE LICENSE
If you have been divorced and retained your maiden name in the divorce, your I.D. must reflect your name change. If the divorce decree allows you to remarry before the 30-day waiting period, and you apply for remarriage within 30 days of the divorce, we will honor your divorce decree even though your I.D. still shows your previous married name.
IF PREVIOUSLY MARRIED
If your divorce was finalized within the last 30 days, you must provide a certified copy of the divorce decree stating the judge has waived the 30-day waiting period. If you do not have that waiver, you will have to wait 30 days before you can apply for another marriage license.
Both parties must appear to apply.
Absentee Affidavits can be completed if one party is unable to appear personally before the County Clerk to apply for a marriage license. Applicants must meet the qualifications listed on the Affidavit instructions that accompanies the Application of Absent Applicant Affidavit Form.
According to Texas Family Code, Chapter 2 sec. 2.204 of the Texas Family Code, the marriage ceremony may not take place during a 72-hour period immediately following the issuance of the marriage license unless: (a) an applicant is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and is on active duty, or (b) an applicant obtains a waiver from District Court, or (c) applicants possess a valid Twogether in Texas Certificate.
In accordance with 2.201 of Texas Family Code, Expiration of License, effective April 17, 1997, the Marriage License will expire the 31st day following the date of issuance.
Marriage license have a 72-hour waiting period - unless waived due to active duty military status or court order.
DFW area County Clerk's Office listings:
You may obtain your license at any County Clerks office anywhere it Texas. It does not matter where you live or where the marriage will be (as long as it is in Texas).
Hint: Check the county websites for additional locations where marriage licenses can be obtained.
The Records Building (the building next to the Old Red Courthouse)
509 Main St.
Dallas, Texas 75202
The Old County Courthouse
100 W. Weatherford
Denton Co. Courthouse
1450 E. McKinney
Annex "A", First Floor
200 S. McDonald, Suite 120
McKinney, Texas 75069