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Texas Marriage License

A couple that intends to be married in Texas must apply in person for a marriage license at any Texas County Clerk’s Office. The application for a license must be signed by both the bride and the groom in the presence of the County Clerk. If this is not possible, any adult or one of the applicants may apply on behalf of the absent applicant. Certain terms must be met: For more information contact any county clerk’s office.

Whether you are in the midst of planning a wedding or just starting to look into it, understanding the process of obtaining a marriage license in Texas is critical. This comprehensive guide provides all the information you need to know. We’ll cover the requirements, fees, documents, and the process for obtaining your marriage license. Read on to learn how to ensure that everything is taken care of so you can focus on enjoying the happiest day of your life.

Texas Marriage License Requirements

* Birth Certificate (from any country)
* Certificate of Naturalization
* Certificate of Citizenship
* Driver’s license
* government-issued State ID- from any state
* Military ID
* Passport -A current U.S. or foreign country passport
* Resident Alien Card
* Border Crossing Card
* A current consular document issued by the state or national government (Matricula Consular).

Applicants must wait  72 hours immediately after a marriage license is issued to proceed with the ceremony. You may file for a marriage license up to 90 days prior to your wedding date. Exceptions may be made for special instances like for active-duty military.

The closest Cameron County Clerk’s office to South Padre Island is located in the Judge Benito Ochoa III, Cameron County Annex Building in Port Isabel TX, just a few miles away at 500 Texas 100, Port Isabel TX 78578. Applicants must provide two forms of I.D.- these must be original copies. For more details regarding marriage license requirements visit or call  956-943-2520.

To make the license valid it must be signed by your wedding officiate and returned to the County Clerk’s office where it was obtained. The County Clerk’s office will record your wedding date and then return the recorded license back to you. This process usually takes 2 – 4 weeks, but can take longer depending on the Clerk’s office response time.

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