For Active Military

  • Sign up for Property Fraud Alert should any document be recorded in the property records of Fort Bend County;
  • Seventy-two hour waiver when applying for a marriage license;
  • The following service fees are waived if being deployed to hostile fire zone: (1) certified copy of birth certificate; (2) issuance of a marriage license; (3) certified copy of marriage license; (4) fees for transferring title to real or personal property (Government Code 437.217).




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The Fort Bend County Clerk, Honorable Laura Richard, would like to invite the county to join the More Than Words - Thank a Veteran Program. The Thank a Veteran Program is a way of giving back within the county to the veterans who have served our country through the armed forces. This program extends to all branches of the military and offers our service men and women an opportunity to receive our thanks through discounts at participating merchants.


The benefits are rewarding for both merchant and veteran:

•    Participating merchants will be listed here, on the County Clerk’s website and provided with a Thank a Veteran Decal.
•    Merchants are given an opportunity to give back to our veterans. Did you know that there are 27,085 veterans (and growing) in Fort Bend County alone?
•    Veterans are shown gratitude for their sacrifices and service to our country through a discount from participating merchants.



For Veterans

The Veteran ID Card is issued at the County Clerk’s office after the veteran records his or her DD-214 separation papers. Both the recording and ID card are free of charge to the veteran. DD-214 documents are non-public records, recorded with the County Clerk’s office, and are only viewable by the veteran and his or her immediately family. If the veteran has previously recorded their DD-214 with the County Clerk, they need only present the instrument number and verify recording with a clerk to receive their ID card. 

Veterans can record their DD-214 at any of our Fort Bend County Clerk locations.

Why record your DD-214?
Military discharge papers are officially known as DD Form 214, or just DD-214. All veterans receive this certificate of release or discharge from active duty once they are out of the military. It is essentially proof of military service and all branches of the military use the same form for benefit claims. 

The separation documents contain information needed to verify military service for benefits, retirement, employment and membership in veteran organizations. This form also gives civil and government agencies the information needed to apply any federal state laws relevant to members who separate from the military. Please visit this website, for more information on DD214 paperwork and what these documents are used for.

Special Veteran Services through the County Clerk:
•    Free DD-214 recording;
•    Free certified copies of DD-214 to qualified applicants;
•    Discounted DBA (Assumed Name Certificate) filing fees;
•    Thank a Veteran ID Card issued by the County Clerk’s office can be presented at participating merchants for a discount.


Get Involved

Saying “Thank You” is easy and completely voluntary with the Thank a Veteran Program.

The chances are high that you know someone who has served in the military. It may be a family member, neighbor, friend, or a co-worker. These heroes have selflessly sacrificed many freedoms to protect ours. Each year, they are thanked many times over on November 11th - Veteran's Day. However, showing thanks should not be limited to this one day. If financially possible, why not honor them throughout the rest of the year? The County Clerk’s Thank a Veteran decal offers businesses and veterans a way to reconnect, show thanks, and be honored by small businesses across the county. 

To enroll, businesses need to:

•    Fill out and submit the Merchant Participation Form . Forms are available online and in person at all County Clerk offices.

There are several ways to submit your form for review:

Fort Bend County Clerk, Laura Richard
301 Jackson Street, STE 101
Richmond, TX 77469

ccevents@FBCTX.GOV , Subject: More Than Words – Merchant Participation Form 

In Person:
Drop off the form at any of the County Clerk locations

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