How to Get a Copy of a Texas Marriage License

by Faizah Imani

The Texas Department of State Health Services provides a noncomprehensive index of marriage records on its website. This marriage index contains information about many of the marriages that took place after 1966. For example, you can see information, such as the marriage license number, the names/ages of the groom and bride, as well as the date of marriage. However, to get an actual copy of a Texas marriage license, you must make your request known to the appropriate county officials.

In Person

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. As of June 2010, the processing fee cost an average of $1.00 to $9.00, depending upon the county and whether or not 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.

Via Mail

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.

Items you will need

  • Application
  • Processing fee

About the Author

Faizah Imani, an educator, minister and published author, has worked with clients such as Harrison House Author, Thomas Weeks III, Candle Of Prayer Company and "Truth & Church Magazine." Her dossier includes JaZaMM WebDesigns, assistant high-school band director, district manager for the Clarion Ledger and event coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention Center.

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