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How to obtain a copy of a Marriage License

 

  • To obtain a copy, you may come into our office or send a request by mail.
  • If you send a request by mail, you need to fill out the Copy Request Form completely and send it to us along with payment and a copy of your driver's license for ID purposes.
  • Marriage License copy fees vary, so please contact us to ask about the fee before sending a request.  You may call us at 409-882-7055 or email us at countyclerk@co.orange.tx.us.
  • You may search Marriage License records that are filed with our office here.  The licenses are not viewable online since they contain personal information.

How to apply for a Marriage License

 

Requirements for applying for a Marriage License:

  • Both applicants should come in together when applying.  If one of the applicants cannot make it, they will need to obtain an Absent Applicant Form (see below for more information).
  • 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 license is $82.00 - no checks accepted.
  • If you are divorced, your divorce must be final for over 30 days before you can apply for a new marriage license (unless you are remarrying the same person you just divorced or if you have a court order waiving the waiting period).
  • There will be a 72-hour waiting period before you can use your Marriage License (unless you are in active military, work for the U.S. Department of Defense or have obtained a court order waiving the waiting period).
  • Texas does not require a blood test to be conducted on the applicants.
  • The Marriage License is valid for 90 days and may be used anywhere in the State of Texas.
  • We issue Marriage Licenses from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Monday - Friday.  No appointment is necessary.

 

 

If you need to use the Absent Applicant form:

  • The applicant who cannot appear will need to fill out the Absent Applicant Form.
  • This form is to be filled out completely and notarized.
  • When applying for a Marriage License, you must present both this form and the absent applicant's original identification.

 

 

Persons qualified to conduct the marriage ceremony:

  • Any licensed or ordained minister or priest, Jewish rabbi, a person who is an officer of a religious organization and who is authorized by the organization to conduct a marriage ceremony, a judge (for a specific list, see Family Code Sec. 2.202).

 

 

Requirements for applying for a Declaration of Informal Marriage:

  • Both applicants must come in together when applying.  You cannot use 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 must be over 18 years old.
  • The declaration is $47.00 - no checks accepted.
  • You will need to provide a date that you began living together as a married couple.
  • We issue Declarations of Informal Marriage from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Monday - Friday.  No appointment is necessary.

Marriage Licenses