Do I need a marriage license to get married in Texas?
Yes. Individuals who want to enter into a ceremonial (“formal” or “licensed”) marriage must obtain a marriage license from the county clerk of any county in Texas. A ceremonial marriage occurs when the couple obtains a marriage license and is married by (1) a licensed or ordained Christian minister or priest, (2) a Jewish rabbi, (3) a person who is an officer of a religious organization and who is authorized by the organization to conduct a marriage ceremony, or (4) active or retired judges or justices. A person who is at least 18 years old can get a marriage license. A person who is under 18 years old can get a marriage license only by (1) getting parental consent, (2) getting a court order, or (3) proving that an earlier marriage to another person has been dissolved. A marriage license is good for a period of 30 days after the date it was issued. If a marriage ceremony has not been performed before the 31st day after the date the license is issued, the marriage license expires. Once the ceremony occurs, the marriage license must be recorded with the county clerk.
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