How to Get a Marriage License in Texas. Obtaining a marriage license is an important step in making your marriage legal. Follow these guidelines on how to obtain a marriage license if you plan to wed in Texas.
Apply for the marriage license in person at a county clerk's office.
Present proof of age and identity. A driver's license, state-issued birth certificate or passport are acceptable forms of identification for this purpose. Applicants may also be asked to provide Social Security numbers.
Complete the application and sign it in front of the county clerk. If this is not possible, any adult or the other applicant may apply on behalf of the absent applicant. Contact the local county clerk for additional requirements.
Pay the license fee and head to the altar. There must be at least 72 hours between the date and time of issuance of a license and the time the ceremony occurs, unless one applicant is on active duty in the armed forces or a waiver is granted. A marriage license is valid for 30 days. With the 72-hour waiting period, there is only a 27-day period in which the marriage ceremony can take place.