How to Get Married by a Justice of the Peace in Texas

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If you want to get married by a Justice of the Peace in Texas, you're going to have to follow some rules. You need a marriage license and an appointment. That's it. Tough rules, sure, but don't try to bend them. It doesn't matter if you are eloping or just want a small private ceremony. You need the paperwork in advance, so take the necessary steps to plan.

Things You'll Need

  • Marriage License
  • Apply for a marriage license from a Texas "County Clerk's Office." The license may be issued by any county clerk in the state. The $67 fee, as of 2011, can be paid by cash or credit card. Additionally, both parties must be over 18, have valid ID and may not have been divorced in the last 30 days.

  • Request a list of the phone numbers for the Justices of the Peace in your area from the County Clerk's Office.

  • Call the office of the Justice of the Peace that you would like to perform your ceremony and schedule a date for the wedding. You must wait at least 72 hours from when your marriage license was issued to be married.

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