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Marriage in Texas

Information on the laws for those who plan to get married or are married in Texas.

 Conducting the Ceremony

Conducting the Marriage Ceremony

Texas Law

Understanding the Law

Who Can Conduct a Ceremony?

State law authorizes the following people to conduct a marriage ceremony:

As per the Department of State Health Services' guide linked below, there is no official registration for persons authorized to conduct a marriage ceremony. If they review the law, and believe they can perform the marriage ceremony, then they can perform the ceremony. See the resources below for more information.

Conducting Online Ceremonies

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been getting many questions about this topic, from both couples and officiants, asking if they can conduct a wedding ceremony over a videoconferencing software like Skype or Zoom.  To learn more, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Ceremonies with Texas Inmates

For those wishing to formally marry someone who is currently incarcerated with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), see the resources below for how to apply for a ceremony with the Department.