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Marriage License Application Indexes

Marriage License Application Indexes are a compilation of the marriage license applications that are sent to VSU from the county clerk in which the marriage license is filed.

 Marriage License Application Indexes prepared by VSU may contain data entry errors or misreported data, and users of the indexes may discover misspelled names, incorrect dates, or missing data. Ongoing corrections are made to the original record; therefore, these indexes may not reflect the most recent information.

Marriage License Application Indexes are not themselves legal documents and are prepared only as aids in locating the county where the marriage license was purchased and filed. If you believe that an original marriage license contains an error, you may contact the county clerk's office in the county where the marriage license is filed.

 

The files below are in compressed format. Click on a year to download an index file for that year.

 

Our Marriage License Application Indexes cannot be considered comprehensive. To receive information on marriages prior to 1966, or if you cannot locate a marriage in our indexes, you must contact the county clerks' office in the county in which the marriage was purchased and filed.

 

Note: The Opens Records Act states that information collected, assembled, or maintained under a law or ordinance by a governmental body in the state of Texas is open to the public unless otherwise expressly provided by law [Government Code §552.001 & §552.002]. 

There are no provisions in state law to allow for an entry to be removed from a marriage index. Currently, the only way to have information removed from our marriage records is if a District Court issues an order specifically ordering our office to remove it from our public indexes. 

Sec. 194.003. STATE INDEX. (a) The bureau of vital statistics shall maintain a statewide alphabetical index, under the names of both parties, of each marriage license application or declaration of informal marriage. The statewide index does not replace the indexes required in each county.(b) The bureau of vital statistics shall maintain a statewide alphabetical index, under the names of both parties, of each report of divorce or annulment of marriage.

Field Contents
(In Order from Left to Right)

MARRIAGE INDEXES 1966 - 2013†
File Number
Husband's Name (Last, First MI)
Husband's Age
Wife's Name Prior to First Marriage (Maiden) (Last, First MI)
Wife's Age
Marriage Date
County Code of Marriage License is Purchased and Filed
County where Marriage License is Purchased and Filed

The marriage files are quite large ranging between 140,000 to 166,000 records. Many programs, (i.e., some spreadsheets and word processors) have a limit to the number of records that can be viewed at a time. Please make sure the software you use to view these records is capable of loading large numbers of records.

You will need a ZIP file extractor to open the files.  

† The format of each file may vary depending on the year.



List of Indexes by Year
2013, file size 5.0 MB (.zip) 2012, file size 5.0 MB (.zip) 2011, file size 4.7 MB (.zip) 2010, file size 4.5 MB (.zip)
2009, file size 5.2 MB (.zip) 2008, file size 5.4 MB (.zip) 2007, file size 5.1 MB (.zip) 2006, file size 5.5 MB (.zip)
2005, file size 5.4 MB (.zip) 2004, file size 5.4 MB (.zip) 2003, file size 5.5 MB (.zip) 2002, file size 5.6 MB (.zip)
2001, file size 5.1 MB (.zip) 2000, file size 4.9 MB (.zip)

Indexes prior to 2000 are not currently available online. Marriage License Application Indexes before 1966 are not available due to the fact that Marriage Applications were not filed with the State offices until 1966.

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Last Updated March 30, 2016

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