If you're looking for basic records on a marriage in Texas, you can probably find them on the Department of State Health Services' website, which indexes information on marriages that took place since 1966 – but that won't be good for any legal purposes. For that, you'll need a certified copy of a marriage license, which you can only obtain through your local Vital Records Office.
A certified marriage certificate can only be issued to the bride or groom named on the certificate; a parent, brother, sister, grandparent, child or legal custodian or guardian of the bride or groom; a person authorized in writing by the bride or groom or one of their immediate family members; or a person who can demonstrate that they need the marriage certificate to determine or protect a personal property right. If you're one of those people, you can get a certified copy of the marriage license you're looking for. Here's how.
Visit the county courthouse in the county where the original marriage license was issued. This may or may not be the same county you were actually married in.
Ask the county courthouse clerk for an “Application For Copy Of Marriage Record.” Some of the county courthouses will also allow you to download and print a blank application online through the county courthouse website.
Complete the application. Submit the application, along with the processing fee to the county clerk. Processing fees vary between counties, but you can expect to pay around $20, depending on whether you are requesting a certified copy or regular copy of the license.
Wait to receive a copy of your Texas marriage license. You will receive it before leaving the courthouse.
Write a letter to your local county clerk requesting a copy of your marriage license. The letter must include the names of the groom and bride as they appeared on the original marriage license . Be sure to include the date of marriage as well.
Send the written request to the county clerk in the county for which the original marriage license was issued. If you are unsure of the mailing address, contact the specific county courthouse to get it. You can also find mailing addresses for the county clerk's office on the Texas Department of State Health Services website.
Include the necessary processing fee with your written request. If you are unsure of the processing fee, contact the specific county courthouse to get it.
Wait to receive the copy of your marriage license in the mail. This can take 7 to 10 business days from the time your written request is received and processed.
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