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You can start your Marriage License Application online here
Click “Marriage Application”
This is the FASTEST way to apply
You can still speed up the in-person application process!
Complete the Marriage License Information Sheet,
print it out and bring it with you.
Don't forget to bring identification and the fee. More information on that below.
Marriage records in Montgomery County exist from 1838 to present.
Some important information on obtaining a marriage license can be found at:
Twogether in Texas marriage workshop information – www.twogetherintexas.com
Attorney General’s Premarital Education Handbook – www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/sites/default/files/images/child-support/WhenYouGetMarried.pdf
1.You must be 18 years of age or older to marry in Texas. Texas Family Code § 2.101.
2. Only persons who have a court order removing the disabilities of minority (Texas Family Code § 31.005) may marry if they are under 18 years of age. Texas Family Code § 2.101.
1. If either applicant is under the age of 18 without an order removing disabilities of minority.
2. Applicants must have been divorced for 30 days (unless this requirement is waived by a judge).
3. Applicants cannot be related by whole or half blood or by adoption. This means you cannot marry your aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, brother, sister, parent whether half or full relative.
No blood test is required in the State of Texas.
Coming into the Clerk’s Office to get your license (Texas Family Code § 2.006):
1. Both applicants must be present to apply for a marriage license.
2. If one applicant must be absent, another person may appear for the absent applicant but that other person must comply with the requirements of Texas Family Code § 2.006.
3. The only instance when both applicants may be absent (but someone appears for them) is when both applicants are members of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in another country in support of combat or another military operation.
There are 3 methods for applying:
1. Start the application online here:
Click “Marriage Application,” review the Montgomery County Clerk Online Services Disclaimer on the next page and click “Accept,” review the instructions on the next page and click “Continue.” Then, start your online application.
Bring the transaction number with you to get your license. This is the FASTEST way to apply.
2. Start the application by filling out this fillable form: MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION SHEET.
You will have to print out the form and bring it with you. By filling out the information before coming in, this will assist the clerk in completing the online application faster.
3. Come to the office and verbally give the information to the clerk. This is the slowest way to apply. You will have to wait for the clerk to complete the online application when getting your information before the clerk can assist you through the rest of the steps.
***You can speed up the entire process by starting the application online. ***Identification Requirements
****No matter how you apply, you must bring the following:
1. Each applicant must provide proof of identity and age. Examples of proof include state issued driver’s license and identification cards, a passport, unexpired military identification card, original or certified copy of a birth certificate. The full list of acceptable forms of identification can be found at Texas Family Code § 2.005.
2. Each applicant must also provide their social security numbers, if they have one.
Fee and Payment:
1. Vital Records Fees as of January 1, 2023.
2. The fee must be paid in cash. The County Clerk does not accept checks or money orders for this service.
1. The marriage license must be obtained at least 72 hours prior to the wedding.
2. The 72 hour waiting period requirement may only be waived by a District or County Court at Law Judge, the County Judge or for an applicant who is on active military duty.
3. The marriage license is valid for up to 90 days after issuance.
4. Licenses are valid in any county in the State of Texas.
Marriages in Texas may be performed by:
1. Licensed or ordained Christian minister or priest
2. Jewish rabbi
3. Officer of a religious organization and authorized by the organization to conduct a marriage ceremony
4. Texas Supreme Court justice
5. Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judge
6. Texas Court of Appeals justice
7. Texas State District Court judge
8. County Court at Law judge
9. County Probate Court judge
10. County Judge
11. Domestic Relations Court judge
12. Juvenile Court judge
13. Justice of the Peace
14. Municipal Court judge
15. Associate Judge of a statutory probate court
16. Associate Judge of a county court at law
17. Federal Judge (Supreme Court, Circuit Court of Appeals, District Court)
18. Federal Magistrate Judge
19. Any retired judge of 4-18 above
Declaration of Informal Marriage
Persons wishing to make a declaration of informal marriage must meet the same requirements listed above for a marriage license and sign a printed declaration and take an oath stating they agree to be married. This declaration is filed and recorded with the marriage records. The $37 fee must be paid in cash.
A copy of a marriage record can be obtained in person or by mail.
The fee is $1 for a plain copy and $6 for a certified copy.
A request by mail should contain the name of the parties, an address to the return the copy to, and the date of marriage. You can use this form to make your request:
Marriage License Copy Request Form
You may send a check, money order or a cashier’s check for the fee payment.
Please do not send cash.