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Marriage in Texas

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

Note The issuance of marriage licenses may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic since many county clerks' offices are not offering in-person services at this time. Because of this, applying for a marriage license may not be available until they re-open. We recommend checking the county clerk's website where you intend to apply or contact their office for more information on their current services. Please see the COVID-19 & Texas Law research guide for additional information related to COVID-19.

Marriage Licenses

Obtaining the Marriage License

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas law related to marriage licenses. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, please see the Understanding the Law resources below for a "plain English" explanation of these laws.

Texas Law

Understanding the Law

Applying with an Absent Applicant

If one of the applicants is unable to apply in person and is 18 years of age or older, any adult person or the other applicant may apply on their behalf. As per Texas Family Code Section 2.006, the person applying on their behalf must present the following to the county clerk:

Please note that subsection (c) of Section 2.006 states that a clerk may not issue a marriage license when both applicants are absent unless the clerk is presented with affidavits stating that the applicants are active duty military members currently stationed in another country in support of combat or another military operation.

Where to Apply

As per Section 2.001 of the Texas Family Code, a marriage license may be obtained from any county clerk's office. Many Texas counties now offer an online application process. For assistance, below are links with marriage license information from the county clerk's offices for some of Texas' most populous counties: