Mandi
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Non resident Marriage License

Mandi, on August 10, 2020 at 10:22 AM Posted in Texas Planning 0 9
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Does anyone know how we would get a marriage license for non residents in Texas?
My fiancé is from Texas but lives here now & all his family lives there. We're getting married mid October around Dallas. Everything I've found online is you have to both come in for an appointment to get the license. We can't just drive or fly out for an appointment, & won't be there prior to the 72 hour hold. We're non military. My state doesn't allow marriage licenses to be used in another state. I'm at a loss what to do or what our options are.

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Latest activity by Mandi, on September 5, 2020 at 12:14 PM
  • Niki
    Devoted August 2020
    Niki ·
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    Hey girl, which county will your wedding be? I’m in Collin county & they aren’t issuing marriage licenses until 2 weeks before the wedding. Could you call the courthouse for your county to see what they suggest? Would it be possible to take a quick trip here to pick it up? I know I have to make an appointment to get our license. I wish there was more I could do to help. Best of luck!!
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  • Mandi
    Beginner October 2020
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    I haven't found a venue yet, I'm not sure of the county. I need to call & find out which county will work with us maybe or find out if there are any new stipulations I haven't heard of... like not being able to get one till the wedding is 2 weeks out, even though they are good for 90 days.
    Thanks so much!
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  • Niki
    Devoted August 2020
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    Aw girl, well hang in there. You’ll find something! ❤️
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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
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    Is there any way you can plan to make a quick trip? Almost all county clerks require you both be there in person to apply! It was one of the reasons we drove down for our wedding the Tuesday beforehand (lived in DC, married in NC) - so that we could get our marriage license squared away that Wednesday!

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  • Mandi
    Beginner October 2020
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    Unfortunately not, with our jobs it's not feasible to fly out prior than our wedding date. We fly in late Wednesday evening the 14th, plan to get married Friday afternoon.
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  • Olivia
    Just Said Yes December 2020
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    I'm getting married in that area too, and you can do Twogether in Texas premarital counseling which is supposed to waive the 72 hour requirement and make it cheaper. It was a really easy and helpful course.
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  • Desiree
    Beginner September 2020
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    I live in Atlanta GA and am getting married in Collin county this September. I called a few counties to see who would issue a marriage license since we are non residents and Kaufman county and Rockwall county were allowing it but Dallas and Collin are not temporarily due to Covid. You can’t make the appointment until a few weeks before the wedding date so just call around to see everyone’s specific requirements. Also if you do the Twogether in Texas pre-marital counseling it waives the 72 hour waiting requirement. There’s a lot of different options to choose from on the courses but the one we did can be taken on a Saturday afternoon and was $35 if I recall. All the counties in Texas reference this on their websites so you know it’s a valid course, just make sure you go directly through Twogether in Texas. Good luck!
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  • Hermione
    Expert February 2020
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    I am not a lawyer, officiant or a county clerk in texas. My best advice is to call the county clerk office in county you are trying to get married in to double check this info.


    If you take the "twogether in texas" premarital course, which comes in terrible web powerpoint, they wave the waiting period and it saves you some money. The certificate goes through a grading process that takes a couple days and is only good for x matter of days. So don't do it at the last minute.
    I recommend calling the county clerk in texas you plan on filing with. They will give you more detailed advice and more work arounds
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  • Mandi
    Beginner October 2020
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    I figured it out... i just can't figure out how to delete the post.
    😊 Thanks
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