Purchasing an Informal Marriage License

Download and print the forms above and bring them with you to the County Clerk's Office. You may also fill out an application for an Informal Marriage License online. Your application will be transmitted to the County Clerk’s office. When you are ready, take the necessary documentation and your payment to the County Clerk's Office. Your application will be waiting for you. Electronic applications will be available for 5 days after you enter them.

To purchase an informal marriage license each person applying must appear before the Bexar County Clerk at:

Bexar County Clerk

Paul Elizondo Tower
101 W. Nueva Suite 120
San Antonio, Texas 78205

An informal marriage license can be obtained by a couple who agreed to be married and after the agreement they lived together in this state and represented themselves to others as married. An absent affidavit application cannot be used for the Informal Marriage.

See Map of the Courthouse and the Frequently Asked Questions

To purchase an informal marriage license, you must:

1Submit Proof of Age & Identity

Both applicants must submit proof of age and identity. Common forms of identification used to obtain an informal marriage license include: Driver’s License; an original or certified copy of Birth Certificate; Passport; Visa or Military identification card.

2Provide your Social Security Number

Each applicant is required to present their Social Security Number (If applicable).

3Pay $46.00 Application Fee (Cash Only)

Cash is the only acceptable form of payment.

Map of Bexar County Courthouse, Justice Center & Paul Elizondo Tower (PET)

There are two buildings connected to the courthouse. Building 1 is the courthouse. Building 2 is the Justice Center. Building 3 is the Paul Elizondo Tower (PET).

There is a tunnel located in the basement. The tunnel connects the courthouse to the Justice Center (see the dotted lines below). To access the tunnel, go through the sliding glass doors located next to the elevators in the basement of the courthouse. To enter the PET from the Justice center, go across the courtyard.

What are the requirements to obtain a Declaration and Registration of an Informal Marriage Certificate?

An informal marriage license can be obtained by a couple who agreed to be married and after the agreement they lived together in this state and represented themselves to others as married.

  • Both Parties must be present with proof of age.
  • An applicant must be 18 years of age before applying for the informal marriage.
  • The Fee is $46.00 Cash Only.
  • An absent affidavit application cannot be used for the Informal Marriage.

How do I get an Informal Marriage License?

You may apply for a Declaration and Registration of Informal Marriage Certificate at the Bexar County Clerk’s Office. You may also obtain a copy of a Declaration & Registration of an Informal Marriage in the Bexar County Clerk’s Office – Vital Statistics Department if it was recorded in Bexar County.

Can I obtain a copy of my Declaration and Registration of an Informal Marriage Certificate from the Bexar County Clerk’s Office if the document was issued in another county, city, state or country here?

The Bexar County Clerk’s Office is able to provide a copy of a Declaration of Informal Marriage certificate if the document was recorded in Bexar County.

Where can I obtain a copy of my Declaration and Registration of Informal Marriage certificate?

You may obtain a copy of a Declaration and Registration of Informal Marriage Certificate that was issued in Bexar County by visiting the Bexar County Clerk’s Office located at 101 West Nueva, Suite B110.

Who may receive a copy of a Declaration and Registration of Informal Marriage certificate?

A Declaration and Registration of Informal Marriage certificate is not a public record, so only the two applicants listed on the Declaration and Registration of Informal Marriage certificate may receive a copy of the Declaration and Registration of Informal Marriage certificate.