Requirements for Getting a Marriage License in Orange County

On today’s edition of Southeast Texas Wedding News, we look at requirements for getting a marriage license in Orange County TX.

Orange County brides have a lot on their plates. It is relatively easy to focus on the fun stuff- wedding venues, caterers, beautiful flowers.

Don’t forget- you need a marriage license!marriage license

What are the requirements for getting a marriage license in Orange County, Texas?

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  • 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. This form is available on teh Orange County Clerks office forms page.  This 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
  • 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.wedding planning Southeast Texas, SETX wedding planning, wedding vendors Orange TX,
  • 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. 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.
  • The license is $82.00 cash only – please bring exact change.
  • 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). 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. 
  • There will be a 72-hour waiting period before you can use your marriage license. 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
  • Texas does not require a blood test to be conducted on the marriage license applicants.
  • The license is valid for 30 days and may be used anywhere in the State of Texas.

Note: Orange County may periodically update these requirements – visit their website or call with any questions or concerns about marriage license requirements.

We hope this information is helpful for our Golden Triangle brides and grooms.

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Marriage License Info taken from Orange County Texas, County Clerks Office websitewww.co.orange.tx.us/countyclerk/

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