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You may fill out and submit the form online, but both parties must appear in person to a County Clerk office location with valid ID.  The 72-hour waiting period and 90-day expiration period will begin when the license is purchased and both parties appear and sign the application before a clerk.  Please read the requirements below for further details.

Visit these links for general and local services available such as Pre-marital Education Courses in your area.


BOTH parties must appear, together or separately, at any County Clerk location to apply. (Portions of the application process may be completed by Absentee Application if one party is unable to appear in person). Call (281) 341-8652 for additional information.



$65.00 Cash, *Credit Card or Money Order
Marriage License Fee May Be Reduced From $65.00 To $5.00
with Valid Proof Of State Approved Pre-Marital Education Course.

*Payment made by credit or debit card will be charged a convenience fee
of 2.75%based on the amount of the charge ($1.00 minimum).

Must be 18 years of age or applicants under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. (There are several conditions under which a person under the age of 18 may legally marry).  Call (281) 341-8652 for additional information.
Proof of age and identity (Valid drivers license, certified copy of a birth certificate with a valid photo ID, Passport, etc.).  Call (281) 341-8652 for questions regarding other acceptable forms of ID.
A divorce by either party must be final 30 days prior to APPLYING for the marriage license.
All applicants that have been issued a social security number must provide their social number to the clerk at the time the application is processed.  The actual card does not need to be presented.
Marriage Search/Copy Fee
The $21.00 Fee is non-refundable and will be applied as a Search Fee or a Certificate Production Fee when the clerk conducts a search of marriage records.

You have the option of searching the records online or at our offices in Richmond, Missouri City or Katy, and paying a per page copy fee when the customer provides the certificate number with the request. Copy cost $1.00 per page + $5.00 per certification + $1.00 vitals preservation fee per record produced.

(Example: 1 page marriage license copy = $7.00)

Prior To Applying For A Marriage License In The State Of Texas The Following Things Should Be Considered:
A license purchased in any Texas county can be used in The State Of Texas and any other state or country that will accept it. (Including: Ceremony Performed on an Aircraft, Boat or Ship Traveling in the US or International Territory.)
It may be used in any county in Texas.
The original license will be returned to you after it is filed.
The license will remain on file in the county where it was purchased.  Certified copies may be ordered from that county at any time.
When a license is purchased, it may not be used for the first 72 hours.
A District Judge may waive the waiting period if a timely request is made.
The license is valid for ninety (90) days including the date of purchase.
There is no law requiring a blood test.
For Marriage by Proxy, please call (281) 341-8652 for additional information.
Couples living as husband and wife may wish to make their marriage a matter of record without formal ceremony. Call (281) 341-8652 for additional information on an Informal Marriage Declaration.

List of Active & Retired Judges Who May Perform Marriage Ceremonies
(Scheduling & Cost Are Determined By Each Individual Judge)

List of Active & Retired Judges
Gary Janssen
Justice of the Peace, Pct 1, Pl 1
3114 Rosenberg Street
Needville, Texas 77461
(832) 471-2550

Mary S. Ward
Justice of the Peace Pct 1, Pl 2
1517 Eugene Heimann Circle

Richmond, Texas 77469
(281) 341-3742

Joel Clouser
Justice of the Peace, Pct 2
303 Texas Parkway

Missouri City, Texas 77489 
(281) 403-8080

Kenneth S. Cannata
Justice Of The Peace, Pct 3
22333 Grand Corner Drive
Katy, Texas 77494
(281) 238-1460

James Shoemake
434th Judicial District Court
1422 Eugene Heimann Circle

Richmond, Texas 77469 
(281) 633-7653

Bret S. Kisluk
Municipal Court Judge
7838 Highway 90A
Sugar Land, Texas 77478
(832) 277-4977
Victor Wisner
Municipal City Judge,
Jacinto City
(832) 659-6418
(713) 468-8850
Beverly McMinn
Municipal Court Associate Judge
One Troyan Drive
Meadows Place, Texas 77477
(832) 277-4977

Bonnie Fitch
Presiding Judge, City Of Arcola
(713) 227-6408

Sam Deane
Municipal Court Judge
Jacinto City/Galena Park
(281) 530-7156
(713) 302-3161

Debra Champagne      
Municipal City Judge   
Stafford/Missouri City
(281) 208-3444

Thomas L. Pfeiffer
Alternate Municipal Judge
Richmond and Sugar Land
(713) 898-6590


Justin M. Joyce

Justice of the Peace, Pct 4

12919 Dairy Ashford, Ste 100

Sugar Land, Texas 77478

(281) 491-6016, Press 4


This list of active and retired judges is provided only for informational purposes by the Fort Bend County Clerk’s Office. It is not an endorsement of any particular judge, nor does it guarantee their availability to perform a ceremony.

The law also authorizes an ordained minister, rabbi, priest and other licensed officials to perform the marriage ceremony. Please consult your local telephone yellow page directory for listings. A Texas marriage license may be used anywhere in the United States, in most foreign countries (confirm with that country) and on a cruise ship, airplane and other means of transportation.

Thank you for selecting Fort Bend County to purchase your marriage license. I trust you received courtesy service by the friendly and dedicated staff.

Laura Richard
County Clerk, Fort Bend County, Texas

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