The Travis County Clerk issues marriage licenses at the 5501 Airport Boulevard Office in Austin, Texas. Listed below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from couples ready to take this important step. If you need additional assistance, please contact us at (512) 854-9188.
Marriage License Waiting Period
There is a required 3-day waiting period between the time a marriage license is obtained and the ceremony (Texas Family Code, Chapter 2, Section 2.204 ). The marriage ceremony may not take place during the 72-hour period immediately following the issuance of the marriage license unless an applicant:
Is a member of the armed forces of the United States and on active duty,
Performs work for the United States Department of Defense as an employee or contract worker,
Obtains a written waiver from a judge of a court with jurisdiction in family law cases, a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the court of criminal appeals, a county judge, or a judge of a court of appeals, or
Completes a premarital education course described by Texas Family Code Section 2.013 and provides the County Clerk with a course completion certificate indicating completion of the course within one year of the date the marriage license application is filed with the Clerk.
Marriage License Expiration
A marriage license is valid for 89 days from the date it is issued. A marriage license expires if it has not been used before the 90th day after it was issued. If a couple wishes to marry after the expiration date, a new license must be purchased.
Persons Authorized to Conduct Marriage Ceremonies
In Texas, the following persons are authorized to conduct marriage ceremonies:
A person who is an officer of a religious organization and who is authorized by the organization to conduct a marriage ceremony, or a justice of the supreme court, judge of the court of criminal appeals, justice of the courts of appeals, judge of the district, county, and probate courts, judge of the county courts at law, judge of the courts of domestic relations, judge of the juvenile courts, retired justice or judge of those courts, justice of the peace, retired justice of the peace, judge of a municipal court, retired judge of a municipal court, or judge or magistrate of a federal court of this state, or retired judge or magistrate of a federal court of this state.
A person meeting the above requirements does not need to apply for permission to marry couples and does not need to register with the County Clerk.