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Requirements for a License to Marry in Texas

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The following information was provided by the Lubbock County Clerk's Office

Residence / Citizenship:

There are no residence or citizenship requirements.

Age:

The legal age to marry is 18 years for males and females. A person at least 14 and under 18 can marry with the consent of a parent or legal guardian.

Proof of Age:

Anyone 18 and over may present identification that reflects their legal name and date of birth (ie: driver's license, state ID card, passport or birth certificate). If under the age of 18, a birth certificate is required and parent or legal guardian must provide identification.

Social Security Number:

Each person must provide their social security number. However, we do not require presentation of the card.

Waiting Period:

The marriage ceremony cannot take place less than 72 hours after the issuance of the marriage license unless one party is active military or the waiting period is waived by a judge who handles family law matters. Marriage class completion waives this waiting period also.

Blood Relationship:

Cousins may marry, but a blood relationship between the prospective bride and bridegroom cannot be closer than first cousins (ie: uncle-neice, half-brother-sister may not marry.)

Blood Tests:

Not required

License Fees:

The current fee for a marriage license is $72.00, payable in cash before issuance. Completion of an approved marriage class reduces this fee by $60. The class is 8 hours. The State of Texas encourages this class. The class is normally free of charge.

A premarital education course must include instruction in:

(1)  conflict management;

(2)  communication skills; and

(3)  the key components of a successful marriage.

A course under this section should be offered by instructors trained in a skills-based and research-based marriage             preparation curricula. The following individuals and organizations may provide courses:

(1)  marriage educators;

(2)  clergy or their designees;

(3)  licensed mental health professionals;

(4)  faith-based organizations;  and

(5)  community-based organizations.

The curricula of a premarital education course must meet the requirements of this section and provide the skills-based and research-based curricula of:

(1)  the United States Department of Health and Human Services healthy marriage initiative;

(2)  the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center;

(3)  criteria developed by the Health and Human Services Commission; or

(4)  other similar resources.

 

Some Items To Remember:

1. Both the prospective bride and bridegroom must sign the application before a marriage license can be issued. If either one is unable to appear in person call the county clerk's office to explore options available to them.

2. A marriage license is issued when both applicants have signed (underage, parental consent has been signed) and fee has been paid. After being issued, it expires in 30 days. It is good anywhere in the state of Texas.

3. If divorced, an applicant must wait 30 days from the day the divorce was granted unless waived by a judge who handles family law matters.

4. Each applicant must answer the question on the application concerning delinquent child support obligation. However, delinquent child support does not prevent the issuance of a marriage license.

5. In Texas, persons of the same sex may not be issued a marrriage license.

6. Persons authorized to conduct ceremonies are a licensed or ordained Christian minister or priest; a Jewish rabbi; a person who is an officer of a religious organization and who is authorized by the organization to conduct a marriage ceremony; and a judge.

Need Someone to Marry You?

Justices of the Peace - Lubbock County

Honorable Jim Hansen - (806) 775-1547 (No longer performs wedding ceremonies)
Honorable Jim Dulen - (806) 775-1556
Honorable Aurora Hernandez - (806) 775-1328
Honorable Ann-Marie Carruth- (806) 775-1540
 

Ministers

Rev. Glen Cranford - (806) 698-1203 (Any couples)
Any local church

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