what documents do i need to get in order to be legally married in Houston, TX?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    You must have a valid id such as a drivers license, Id card issued by DPS, valid passport, resident alien card, or other government issued identification. If divorced within thirty days, Texas requires that you show a certified copy of your divorce decree stating the 30 day waiting period is waived.

    The Marriage License is good in every county in the state of Texas.. The license must be purchased at least 72 hours prior to but no more than 1 month before the date of the ceremony. The license expires at the end of the 30-day period immediately following the date that the license was issued if the marriage ceremony has not been conducted within that period

    This is the website for the Harris County Clerk's office. You should find everything you need to know there.

    http://www.cclerk.hctx.net/PersonalRec/faq.htm

    Additional Info:

    http://marriage.about.com/cs/marriagelicenses/p/te...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'm guessing you will need to apply for a marriage license. Just Google "marriage license in Houston, TX", and you should come up with a list of places that you can apply (usually a county recorder clerk's office or something like this). They should have contact info listed where you can call and ask this exact question. Generally, you have to have an ID with you, pay a fee, and they issue your marriage license which is valid for 60-90 days. Then you pick a place and time to get married, have an officiant sign and file the marriage license, and - poof - you're married.

  • 1 decade ago

    Check with the County Clerk in the county you plan to marry.

    It's not only different from state to state, it is different from County to County.

    You must be 18 unless you have parental consent. And then, some still require you to appear before the court.

    Most require you both to be there, have picture ID, birth certificate. Any divorce papers or death certificate. Some require you to bring a witness for the license. Indiana requires a woman under the age of 50 to have a pre-marital physical exam and some states also require a blood test within the last 30 days.

    And most only accept cash, no checks or credit cards.

    Source(s): minister in cincy
  • 1 decade ago

    Here is the official site for the county clerk in Houston. It has everything you need to know about legal marriages in Houston: http://www.cclerk.hctx.net/PersonalRec/faq.htm

    Q1: What is the legal age to obtain a Marriage License?

    A: 18 without parental consent

    16 with parental consent

    Q2:How much does a Marriage License cost

    A: The fee for the license is $41.00

    Q3: Can two people of the same sex get married?

    A: Same sex marriages are not legal in the state of Texas.

    Q4: When can we get married after we purchase the license?

    A: The license must be purchased at least 72 hours prior to but no more than 1 month before the date of the ceremony.

    Q5: How long do we have to use the Marriage License?

    A: The license expires at the end of the 30-day period immediately following the date that the license was issued if the marriage ceremony has not been conducted within that period

    Q6:Who can marry us?

    A: The following people are authorized to conduct marriage ceremonies:

    Licensed or ordained Christian ministers, and priests;

    Jewish rabbis;

    Persons who are officers of religious organizations and who are duly authorized by the organization to conduct marriage ceremonies

    Justices of the supreme Court, judges of the court of criminal appeals, justices of the court of appeals, judges of the district, county, and probate courts, judges of the county court at law, courts of domestic relations and juvenile courts, retired justices and judges of such courts, justices of the peace, retired justices of the peace, and judges and magistrates of the federal courts of this state.

    Q7: Is this Marriage License only good in Harris County?

    A: The Marriage License is good in every county in the state of Texas.

    Q8: What kind of ID. do we need to get a license?

    A: You must have a valid id such as a drivers license, Id card issued by DPS, valid passport, resident alien card, or other government issued identification.

    Q9: Will we need to bring witnesses?

    A: You do not need to bring witnesses to obtain the Marriage license.

    Q10: Where can we purchase a Marriage License?

    A: Main Office, 201 Caroline, 3rd Floor of Administration Building (713) 755-6411

    Branch Offices

    Baytown. .701 W. Baker Road, Baytown (281) 422-0253

    Chimney Rock . . 6000 Chimney Rock, Houston (713) 660-7902

    Clay Road. . 16715 Clay Road, Houston (281) 859-0685

    Clear Lake . . 16603 Buccaneer, Clear Lake (281) 486-7250

    Cypresswood. . 6831 Cypresswood Dr., Houston (281) 379-1057

    Humble . . 7900 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble (281) 540-1173

    N. Shepherd. .7300 North Shepherd, Houston (713) 697-5193

    Pasadena . .107 E. Shaw, Pasadena (713) 473-9048

    South Belt . .10851 Scarsdale, Houston (281) 464-0115

    Q11:If my boyfriend /girlfriend is in jail, can we still get married?

    A: Yes, but you need to obtain an ABSENT APPLICATION form from one of our locations, take it to that person, have them fill it out and have it notarized. The instructions for this form are listed on the back of it. The form and the instructions can also be printed from the Downloadable forms page of our Web Site.

    Q12: If my boyfriend/girlfriend is in the military, do we still have to wait 72 hours?

    A: The 72 hour waiting period is automatically waived for military personnel. However you will need to show your military ID.

    Q13: Do we need to have a blood test performed?

    A: No blood test is required in the State of Texas anymore.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A birth certificate and a valid drivers license...Congratulations ahead of time.

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