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You may order a certified copy of a birth, death or marriage record online using your credit card through our only approved official internet business partner of the Tarrant County Clerk's office, VitalChek Network Inc.
There are two types of marriage licenses--Formal marriage license and Declaration and Registration of an Informal Marriage (Common law). The basic requirements are the same for both types of marriage.
- 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
- Military ID
- Must know Social Security number.
- A blood test is NOT required.
A formal 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.
The marriage must take place within 90 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.
Marriage license applications may be filled out and saved online. However, applicants must appear in person to sign and purchase the marriage license. Please note: additional information will be required of each applicant when the marriage license is issued. The process can be completed at the downtown location or at a Tarrant County sub-courthouse location.
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.
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:
A person may agree to marriage by the appearance of a proxy appointed in the affidavit authorized by Subchapter A if the person is:
(1)AAa member of the armed forces of the United States
stationed in another country in support of combat or another
military operation; and
(2)AAunable to attend the ceremony.
DECLARATION AND REGISTRATION OF AN INFORMAL MARRIAGE (COMMON LAW)
An informal marriage license can be obtained and recorded by a man and woman who agree to be married, and after the agreement, they lived together in this state as husband and wife and represented to others that they were married.
Both parties must be present. An absentee affidavit cannot be used for an informal marriage license.
A person under 18 years of age may not obtain an informal marriage license.
A person may not obtain an informal marriage license if presently married to someone else.
The fee is $36.00 cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover. (Credit card use adds an additional 3% fee.)
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.
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
Content Last Modified on 11/18/2013 12:49:24 PM
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