Texas is an open state. Individuals can acquire marriage verification records through the Texas Vital Statistics branch of the Texas Department of State Health Services. This department will provide individuals seeking a verification letter of a marriage with the resources they need. However, it’s to be noted that a verification letter is not considered a legal substitute for a marriage license. To obtain a certified copy of a marriage license, the country clerk’s office in which the marriage took place must be consulted.
The Texas Vital Statistics office also maintains an index of marriage records categorized by the year in which they took place. If an individual is seeking said full index of marriages, it can be either purchased or downloaded from the Texas Department of State Health Services’ website free of charge.
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Marriage verification letters can be obtained through the Texas Vital Statistics office provided the targeted marriage took place in 1966 or after. These records can be obtained both online and offline. To obtain a Texas marriage record from the TVS offline there are two different methods to choose from – both of which require a non refundable $20 fee. The faster of the two methods involves visiting the Texas Vital Statistics Office in person which can be found at 1100 W. 49th Street Austin, Texas. Those visiting the office in person can provide the $20 fee via check, cash or money order. The expected wait time for in person requests in 30 minutes to 2 hours provided it’s between 8:00AM and 5:00PM. The second offline method involves filling out a provided application which can then be submitted to the Texas Vital Statistics Office through the U.S. Postal Service. With this method individuals can submit the $20 fee via either check or money order and can expect a wait time of 6-8 weeks.
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