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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

Texas Law on Conducting the Marriage Ceremony

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas law that governs marriage ceremonies. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the "plain English" resources on this page for more information or speak to an attorney for guidance.

Who Can Conduct a Wedding Ceremony in Texas?

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

  • a licensed or ordained Christian minister or priest
  • a Jewish rabbi
  • an officer of a religious organization authorized to conduct marriage ceremonies
  • justices/judges/magistrates/associate judges (current or retired) of:
    • federal courts located in Texas
    • the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas Courts of Appeals
    • Texas district, county, probate and justice of the peace courts
    • Texas municipal courts

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.