Obtaining a marriage license in Texas is easy. Marriage applicants must first visit any Texas County Clerk’s office together and file an application providing one of these documents as proof of age and identity:
* Birth Certificate (from any country)
* Certificate of Naturalization
* Certificate of Citizenship
* Driver’s license
* State ID- from any state (government issued only).
* Military ID.
* Passport -A current U.S. or foreign country passport.
* Resident Alien Card.
* Border Crossing Card.
* A current consular document issued by the state or national government (Matricula Consular).
Applicants must wait 72 hrs immediately after marriage license is issued to proceed with ceremony. You may file for a marriage license up to 90 days prior to your wedding date. Exceptions may be made for special instances like for active duty military.
The closest County Clerk’s office to South Padre Island is located in the Judge Benito Ochoa III Cameron County Annex Building in Port Isabel TX just a few miles away at 500 Texas 100, Port Isabel TX 78578. Applicants must provide two forms of I.D.- these must be original copies. For more details regarding marriage license requirements visit http://www.co.cameron.tx.us/countyclerk/marriage.htm or call Judge Benito Ochoa’s office at 956-943-2520.
The couple will be issued a marriage license by the County Clerk’s office. To make the license valid it must be signed by your wedding officiate and returned to the County Clerk’s office where it was obtained. The County Clerk’s office will record your wedding date and then return the recorded license back to you. This process usually takes 2 – 4 weeks, but can take longer depending on the Clerk’s office response time.