by: Nancy, ECC
Once you have gotten over your initial euphoria of being asked, his relief of you accepting, and your awe and wonder at how pretty the ring is, you will probably think dates, dresses, cakes and flowers. The business end of all this happiness is the marriage license.
Marriage licenses are obtained from the clerk’s office in the county where you will marry. If you live in Harris County, but want to marry in Bexar County, then the Bexar County Clerk’s Office should be the one who issues the license. Point of fact, neither of you need be a resident of Texas to be married in Texas, but both must be 18 or older.
If you have been married before, you will need to wait 31 days from the date of the final decree to apply for a license, but luckily for those of us with a fear of needles, Texas does not require blood test.
There is a 3 day waiting period before you can use the license and it is only good for 30 days after it is obtained. There are exceptions for active duty military personnel, and those who have taken a together class. You will need to take to the county clerk’s office with a valid form of age and identity, such as: Driver’s license, US passport, military ID card, or certified copy of your birth certificate. You will also need to know your Social Security number.
The Bexar County Clerk’s Office is open during normal business hours: Monday – Friday / 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and is located in the Paul Elizondo Tower at 101 W. Nueva, Suite #120 in San Antonio. As always, it is a good idea to call ahead to make sure they are open, 210.335.2216. The cost is $66.00 and be aware, they only take CASH.
So as you decide on the final date for you ceremony, give a quick thought to when you will get your license and put it on your calendar on your phone, in your office and at home so you don’t forget. Even make a day of it with your fiance–things will get pretty hectic in the final weeks before the big day, so spend the afternoon with each other before the madness ensues.
Until next time, happy planning!