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Filing Fees & Court Fines

Can I get a copy of someone’s Will even if I’m not a relative?

Yes. Wills are a part of the Probate records, which are open to the public. You do not need to be a relative nor an interested party to obtain a copy.  Copies are $1.00 per page.  If you need a certified copy, add $5.00 per document to that fee.  You may download and print copies of Probate filings here[Back to Top]

How do I get a copy of a Civil, Probate or Criminal case?

You may come into our office to obtain a copy or mail a request.  Please have as much of the following information as possible when requesting a copy to speed up processing: style of the case, case number and file date. Copies are $1.00 per page. If you need a certified copy, add $5.00 per case to that fee.  You may download and print copies of case filings here[Back to Top]

Can I get a Criminal background check on myself or someone else?

Our office handles Misdemeanor Criminal cases and these files are open to the public.  This means you may obtain a background check on yourself or someone else. There is a $5.00 charge per name searched in our database.  [Back to Top]

I need to reset my hearing or court date, can you do that for me?

No, you need to contact the Court Coordinator in the Judge's office.  [Back to Top]

What is the jurisdiction for filing a Civil suit in your court?

County Court at Law hears Civil cases that are worth $500 through $200,000.  [Back to Top]

Civil, Probate & Criminal

How do I get a copy of a marriage license?

You may come into our office to obtain a copy or mail a request Please have as much of the following information as possible when requesting a copy to speed up processing: groom’s name, bride’s name and marriage date.  Copies are $1.00 per page.  If you need a certified copy, add $5.00 per document to that fee. To find out the exact cost of the copy, please call or e-mail us.  We must have payment in advance in order to make a copy.  Marriage Licenses have sensitive, personal information on them.  In order to obtain a copy, you must fill out a copy request form located on the forms page.  Due to identity theft issues, we must have your name, relationship to the person on the record and your reason for obtaining the copy along with a copy of your Driver’s License.

 

You may also visit the Texas Department of State Health Services web site to obtain a verification of marriage online at this address: http://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/ovra/  [Back to Top]

Why don’t you have the marriage record I’m looking for? They were married in Orange County.

A Marriage License issued in Texas can be used in any other county in Texas. If a person is married in Orange County, this doesn’t mean their marriage license will be on file in Orange County.  If they purchased their license in a different county, then you will have to go to the county they purchased it in to get a copy.

 

You may also visit the Texas Department of State Health Services web site to obtain a verification of marriage online at this address:

http://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/ovra/  [Back to Top]

Can I apply for a Declaration of Informal Marriage if I’m under 18 years old?

No.  A Declaration of Informal Marriage can only be applied for by persons 18 years of age or older.  [Back to Top]

How do we obtain a Common Law Marriage Certificate?

A Common Law Marriage Certificate is called a Declaration of Informal Marriage in the County Clerk’s Office. This is applied for in much the same way as a Marriage License, however, you cannot use the Absent Applicant Form when applying for a Declaration of Informal Marriage.

  • Both applicants must come in together when applying.
  • You will need an original State or Federally issued ID that shows your date of birth (Driver’s License, State ID, etc.) or a certified copy of your birth record.  Your ID or birth record must state your correct, legal name.
  • You need to know your Social Security Number and place of birth, but you do not need to provide proof of these.
  • You must be over 18 years old.
  • The certificate is $47.00 - no checks.
  • You will need to provide a date that you began living together as a married couple.  [Back to Top]

We lost our marriage license before we got married.  Can we get another one?
Yes, you may receive a duplicate of your marriage license. The cost will be $12.50.  You may not obtain a duplicate marriage license once you've returned the original license to our office for filing (after you're married).  At that point, you may only obtain a copy or a certified copy of what we have on file.  [Back to Top]

What if we don’t want to wait 72 hours before we get married?

You can get the 72-hour waiting period waived by a judge’s order.  If you are in active military or work for the U.S. Department of Defense, the waiting period is automatically waived for you.  [Back to Top]

What if we want to get married, but 30 days haven’t passed since my divorce was final?

If your divorce decree doesn’t already waive the 30-day waiting period, you will need to get a judge to order the waiver. You automatically do not have to wait 30 days if you are getting remarried to the same person you just got a divorce from.  If the waiting period was waived in your divorce decree, please provide a certified copy of your divorce decree for proof.  [Back to Top]

Can I get a marriage license if my fiancé(e) is currently in jail or prison?

Yes, you can use the Absent Applicant Form for the person who is in jail or prison. Refer to this question regarding the Absent Applicant Form.  [Back to Top]

Can a church official from another state or country conduct my marriage?

Yes, as long as they are a licensed or ordained minister or priest, Jewish rabbi or person authorized by a religious organization to conduct a marriage ceremony.  [Back to Top]

I’m under 18, can I apply for a marriage license?

You may apply for a marriage license as young as 16 years old. If you are under 18, you must have your parent or guardian with you when you apply.  You will need a certified copy of your birth record for identification and your parent or guardian will need some form of State or Federally issued identification as well.  Your parent or guardian will be signing a document swearing that they are your legal parent or guardian and that they give their consent for you to be married.  [Back to Top]

What if we both can’t come in together to get the marriage license?

If one of the applicants is unable to appear when obtaining the marriage license, you will need to fill out the Absent Applicant Form. This form is available on our forms pageThis form is to be filled out by the applicant who cannot appear and his or her signature must be notarized. You must present both this form and the absent applicant’s original identification when obtaining the marriage license.  [Back to Top]

What are the requirements for getting a marriage license?

  • Both applicants should come in together when applying. If one of the applicants can’t make it, they will need to obtain an Absent Applicant Form (refer to this question regarding the Absent Applicant Form).
  • You will need an original State or Federally issued ID that shows your date of birth (Driver’s License, State ID, etc.) or a certified copy of your birth record.  Your ID or birth record must state your correct, legal name.
  • You need to know your Social Security Number and place of birth, but you do not need to provide proof of these.
  • You should be over 18 years old.  If you are under 18, you will need a parent or guardian to sign a consent form (refer to this question regarding underage marriage).
  • The license is $82.00 - no checks.
  • If you are divorced, your divorce must be final for over 30 days before getting a new marriage license (unless you’re remarrying the same person you just divorced). Refer to this question regarding waiver of the 30-day waiting period
  • There will be a 72-hour waiting period before you can use your marriage license. Refer to this question regarding waiver of the 72-hour waiting period.
  • Texas does not require a blood test to be conducted on the marriage license applicants.
  • The license is valid for 90 days and may be used anywhere in the State of Texas.  [Back to Top]

Marriage Licenses

When should I renew my brand?
Marks and brands must be renewed every 10 years regardless of when you initially apply for them.  Everyone has to renew at the same time. The next renewal period will begin September 1, 2021. The filing fee for a brand is $26.00.  [Back to Top]

How can I get a copy of my deed?
Please have as much of the following information as possible when requesting a copy to speed up processing: grantee’s name, grantor’s name, file date and physical address (if applicable).  Copies are $1.00 per page.  If you need a certified copy, add $5.00 per document to that fee. To find out the exact cost of the copy, please call or e-mail us. We must have payment in advance in order to make a copy.

 

You may perform your own search and print your documents online at no charge.  Click here to go to our online search page and choose "Official Public Records" to search for your deed.  [Back to Top]

Who has access to Birth and Death Records and how can someone get a copy?

  • Birth Records older than 75 years and Death Records older than 25 years are open to public viewing.  All others are closed to the public.
  • You must be one of the following to obtain a copy: a legal representative, personal representative or agent, an immediate family member, or the registrant who has a direct and tangible interest in the record and who shall have a significant legal relationship to the person whose record is requested.  The purpose for which the certified copy is needed and the relationship of the applicant is essential to the application to determine if the applicant is properly qualified.
  • The fee for Birth Records is $23.00 each.
  • The fee for Death Records is $21.00 for the first copy and $4.00 for each additional copy.
  • You must fill out the Application for Birth or Death Certificate, which is located here.  Send in the completed form, a copy of your Driver’s License for identification and the fee to the address printed on the application.

    You may also visit the Texas Department of State Health Services web site to obtain a birth or death certificate online at this address:
    http://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/ovra/  [Back to Top]

Why don’t you have my relative’s death certificate? They passed away in Orange County.
If they passed away within the limits of the City of Orange, then their death record should be filed with the Orange City Hall (409)886-3611.  If they passed away outside the city limits of Orange, but within Orange County, then the record should be filed with our office.  Sometimes a person isn’t actually pronounced deceased until they’ve been taken to a nearby hospital in the next county. If this has happened, then the death record will be filed in that county.

You may also visit the Texas Department of State Health Services web site to obtain a death certificate online at this address:
http://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/ovra/  [Back to Top]

Why don’t you have my birth certificate? I was born in Orange County.
If you were born within the limits of the City of Orange, then your birth certificate will probably be filed with the
Orange City Hall (409)886-3611.  If you were born outside the city limits of Orange, but within Orange County, your record should be filed with our office.

You may also visit the Texas Department of State Health Services web site to obtain a birth certificate online at this address:
http://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/ovra/  [Back to Top]

What are your requirements for recording a document in the Official Public Records of Real Property?

  • Your document must be the original or a certified copy.

  • There must be a title at the top.

  • If it’s a Deed, the grantee’s address must be listed.

  • If it’s a Deed of Trust, the trustee or beneficiary’s address must be listed.

  • The signatures must be original.

  • There must be an original notary acknowledgment.

  • The property must be located in Orange County.

  • We do not require any extra space at the top or bottom for filing info.

  • The fee is $26.00 for the first page and $4.00 for each additional page.  [Back to Top]

General Recording

How do I start a new business? Don't I need a business license from your office?

The only aspect regarding businesses that the County Clerk handles is filing the Assumed Business Name (registering your business name with the County).  The Assumed Business Name Forms can be found on our forms page.  Beyond that, we don't know what else you need to do regarding starting a new business.  The County Clerk does not issue business licenses or permits.  [Back to Top]

Can you tell me who the owner of a piece of property is?

No, the County Clerk's Office does not keep up with ownership of property.  You can contact the Tax Assessor-Collector or the Orange County Appraisal District to find out who the tax payer is.  The Orange County Appraisal District has a website that allows you to search property online.  [Back to Top]

Miscellaneous Questions

Miscellaneous Questions

Where do I pay my taxes?

Where are divorces filed?

Can you tell me who the owner of piece of property is?

How do I start a new business?  Don't I need a business license from your office?

 

General Recording

What are your requirements for recording a document in the Official Public Records of Real Property?

Why don't you have my birth certificate?  I was born in Orange County.

Why don't you have my relative's death certificate?  They passed away in Orange County.

Who has access to Birth and Death Records and how can someone get a copy?

How can I get a copy of my deed?

When should I renew my brand?

 

Marriage Licenses

What are the requirements for getting a marriage license?

What if we both can't come in together to get the marriage license?

I'm under 18, can I apply for a marriage license?

Can a church official from another state or country conduct my marriage?

Can I get a marriage license if my fiancé(e) is currently in jail or prison?

What if we want to get married, but 30 days haven't passed since my divorce was final?

What if we don't want to wait 72 hours before we get married?

We lost our marriage license before we got married.  Can we get another one?

How do we obtain a Common Law Marriage Certificate?

Can I apply for a Declaration of Informal Marriage if I'm under 18 years old?

Why don't you have the marriage record I'm looking for?  They were married in Orange County.

How do I get a copy of a marriage license?

 

Civil, Probate & Criminal

What is the jurisdiction for filing a Civil suit in your court?

I need to reset my hearing date, can you do that for me?

Can I get a Criminal background check on myself or someone else?

How do I get a copy of a Civil, Probate or Criminal case?

Can I get a copy of someone's Will even if I'm not a relative?

Frequently Asked Questions