Marriage License Information

Texas Marriage License Info

Texas Marriage License is required for legal recognition of a marriage performed in the state of Texas.  It must be signed by the Minister/Officiant and filed with the County Clerks office.

Issuing a marriage license is the duty of the County Clerk and can be obtained in any county in Texas.  Office hours are normally from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM – Monday through Friday.  No licenses are issued after 4:00 PM and some close for lunch.  You may want to call before going.  You must obtain the license at least 3 days (72 hours) prior to ceremony and it is only valid for 30 days.  The ceremony must be performed within that time.

THE COST of a license may vary from county to county.  In Dallas and Tarrant County the cost is$71.00.  However, the $60 (state fee) may be waived for couples who attend an approved 8-hour marriage preparation workshop.   Information may be obtained by contacting the county clerk’s office or

The following are some of the basic requirements for obtaining a marriage license in Texas

  • The bride and groom must appear together and both sign the application
  • Each applicant must indicate that he or she has not been divorced within the last 30 days, unless the applicants were divorced from each other
  • Be at least 18 years of age – If you are under 18 many restrictions apply
  • Each applicant must submit one of the following:
    • A valid picture drivers license
    • Texas Identification Card
    • Valid Military ID Card if over 18 years of age
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate
    • Government picture ID
    • *All documents must be in English
  • You must know your:
    • Social security number
    • Place of birth: City – County – State
  • Obtain license at least 3 days (72 hours) prior to ceremony
  • License is valid for 30 days and ceremony must be performed within that time
  • No waiting period for military personnel. Military ID required.
  • No blood tests in Texas
    Note: Certain special circumstances may require additional documents.  Call Co. Clerk.

Arlington Sub-Courthouse
724 East Border
Arlington, Texas 76010

Dallas County Courthouse – Main
500 Main Street, Room 301
Dallas, Texas 75202

Dallas County Courthouse – East 
3443 St. Francis
Dallas, Texas 75228

Dallas County Courthouse – North
10056 Marsh Lane, Room 137
Dallas, Texas 75229

Denton County Court House
401 West Hickory
Denton, Texas

Parker County Courthouse
1112 Santa Fe Drive
Weatherford, Texas  76086

Tarrant County Courthouse
100 W. Weatherford Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76196
817-884-1195 or 817-884-1064

Tarrant Northeast Sub-Courthouse
6456 Grapevine Highway
Hurst, Texas 76054

Tarrant Southwest Sub-Courthouse
6551 Granbury Road
Fort Worth, Texas 76133