GENERAL MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION


In Texas in order to obtain a Marriage License a couple must do the following:  

  • Both parties--male and female--must appear in person.
  • Both parties must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have a valid, government-issued picture identification. Names will be reflected on the marriage license exactly as they appear on the IDs. The County Clerk's office cannot change the name or spelling of name on ID. Forms of acceptable, valid identification include:
    • Driver's license
    • State ID
    • Passport
    • Military ID
    • Visa
  • Must know Social Security number.
  • A blood test is NOT required.
A MARRIAGE LICENSE
A marriage license can be obtained from any county in Texas and the marriage can be performed anywhere. If the marriage takes place outside of Texas, contact the appropriate state office, consulate or embassy to learn the marriage requirements for that state or country.
Additional requirements and information:
  • There is a 72-hour waiting period after the license is issued before the marriage ceremony can take place. The 72-hour waiting period can be waived by meeting one of three criteria.
  • The waiting period does not apply if an applicant is a member of the armed forces. Military ID must be shown to the person who performs the marriage ceremony.
  • The waiting period does not apply if the applicant obtains a 72-hour waiver signed by a District Judge. Waiver must be shown and kept by the person performing the ceremony.
  • Applicants possess a valid Twogether in Texas Certificate. Certificate must be shown to the person who performs the ceremony.

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  • The marriage must take place within 30 days from the date of issuance--no exceptions.
  • If divorced in Texas, there is a 30-day waiting period after the divorce is final before remarriage--unless waived. If the 30-day waiting period is waived, a certified copy must be presented at the time the license is purchased.
  • The fee is $71.00 cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover. (Credit card use adds an additional 3% fee.)
  • The fee is $11.00 for couples who attend the State of Texas approved Marriage Education Class and present a valid Twogether in Texas Certificate. For more information visit the Twogether in Texas website.

ONLINE APPLICATIONS

Marriage applications may be completed and saved online, but applicants must appear in person to sign and purchase the marriage license. The process can be completed at the downtown location or at a Tarrant County sub-courthouse location.

Online Application

MINORS OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE

If an applicant is 16 years of age or older, but under 18 years of age, parental consent or a court order is required. Parents giving consent must be present with minor(s) when the marriage license is purchased.

  • Parents must show government-issued picture identification.
  • Minor(s) must show certified copy of birth certificate with current school ID, driver's license or state ID.
  • If parents of minor are currently married, one parent is required to be present to sign the parental consent form.
  • If parents of minor are divorced, a certified copy of the divorce decree must be presented by the parent that has Managing Conservatorship (custody) of the minor. Joint Managing Conservatorship requires both parents be present unless stated otherwise in the divorce decree.
ABSENT APPLICANT
An absentee affidavit is to be completed if an applicant is unable to appear personally before the County Clerk to apply for a marriage license. The other applicant may apply for a marriage license on behalf of the absent applicant.
The County Clerk may not issue a marriage license for which both applicants are absent unless both applicants are:
    • on active duty as a member of the armed forces for the United States, or the state military forces.
    • confined in a correctional facility, as defined by Section 1.07, Penal Code. (Texas Family Code: Chapter 2, Section 2.006)
PERSONS AUTHORIZED TO CONDUCT MARRIAGE CEREMONY
Licensed or ordained Christian ministers and priests, Jewish rabbis, persons who are officers of religious organizations and who are duly authorized by the organization to conduct marriage ceremonies; Justices of the Supreme Court, Justices of the Court of Criminal Appeals, Justices of the District, County and Probate Courts, Judges of the County Courts at Law, Courts of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Courts, retired Justices and Judges of such courts, Justices of the Peace, retired Justices of the Peace, the Judge of a Municipal Court, the Judges and Magistrate of the Federal Courts of this state.

TARRANT COUNTY LOCATION WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR LICENSE

If more information is needed, please contact the County Clerk’s office where you will purchase your marriage license.

Tarrant County Plaza Building

200 Taylor Street--3rd Floor

Fort Worth, TX 76102

(817) 884-1550

Mansfield Sub-Courthouse

1100 E. Broad St., Ste. 200

Mansfield, TX 76063

(817) 473-5135

Northeast Sub-Courthouse

645 Grapevine Hwy., Ste. 3

Hurst, TX 76054

(817) 581-3604

Northwest Sub-Courthouse

6713 Telephone Rd., Ste. 202

Lake Worth, TX 76135

(817) 238-4420


Southeast Sub-Courthouse

700 East Abrams

Arlington, TX 76010

(817) 548-3928

Southlake Sub-Courthouse

1400 Main St., Ste. 140

Southlake, TX 76092

(817) 481-8179

Southwest Sub-Courthouse

6551 Old Granbury Rd.

Fort Worth, TX 76133

(817) 370-4546

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM -- 5:00 PM
For more information, please call 817-884-1550.
RETURN OF MARRIAGE LICENSE
The person who performs a marriage ceremony is responsible for returning the marriage license to our office within 30 days from the date of marriage. The license can be returned in the provided envelope or mailed to:
Tarrant County Clerk
200 Taylor Street, Suite 301
Fort Worth, TX 76196

    IF YOU USE ONE OF OUR JUDGES, THEY WILL TAKE THE LICENSE AND MAIL IT BACK TO YOU AND IT IS REGISTERED WITH THE COUNTY CLERK