The Easy Way to Order a Denton County Marriage Certificate
A copy of your is one of those things you're bound to need sooner or later, usually to handle legal issues. Whether you're applying for a mortgage or want to open up a joint bank account with your spouse, the paperwork likely requires official proof of your legal union.
If you've misplaced your marriage certificate or just want to have some extra copies handy, you can request this important document from the Denton County Clerk. For an even easier option, you can let DoNotPay do all the work and order a copy on your behalf.
Do You Need a Marriage Certificate or a Marriage License?
Marriage certificates and marriage licenses are used interchangeably in the state of Texas, but they're actually slightly different depending on whether or not you're already legally wed.
- The first step for getting married in Texas is obtaining a marriage license, which requires the couple to visit the Denton County Clerk and apply in person.
- The prospective spouses have to show that they meet certain requirements before receiving authorization to get married, such as being legally-aged adults.
The marriage license is signed by the wedding officiant after the ceremony and then it will be filed with the County Clerk for official registration. Once that same document has been returned to the couple, it will now often be referred to as the marriage certificate. Whatever you prefer to call it, you'll need a copy for any situation that requires proof of your legal marriage.
Who Can Order a Denton County Marriage Certificate?
Unlike some other parts of Texas, Denton County doesn't have any particular restrictions about who can order a certified copy of a marriage certificate. That means you don't have to provide photo identification as part of the request process.
How Much Does It Cost to Get a Marriage Certificate Copy in Texas?
If you're looking for a non-certified copy of a , the cost is $1 for the request and $1 for each page.
However, most people will need a copy that is "certified", which means that the document has been stamped with the County Clerk's official seal. Legal situations that require a marriage certificate generally only accept certified copies since they're considered much harder to falsify. The costs for a certified Denton County marriage certificate are:
|Certificates for marriages that happened before April 1, 2001||$17 for each copy
$1 for each page
|Certificates for marriages that happened after April 1, 2001||$18 for each copy
$1 for each page
|If paying with a credit card||Add $2.50|
How to Request a Copy of Your Denton County Marriage Certificate
While most things today can be accessed online, Denton's County Clerk doesn't provide web services yet. That means you can't apply for your marriage certificate online. You do have the option to go on the Texas Vital Statistics website to request what's called a Marriage Verification letter. However, this document has limited functionality and doesn't usually make the cut for legal paperwork that requires proof of your marriage.
The only way to request a certified copy of your is to mail or fax a written request form by following these steps:
- Print and fill out the County Clerk Marriage Record Copy Request Form
- Choose your payment method for the fee, which can be by check, money order, or credit card
- Sign the request form
- Fax the form to 940-349-2019 or mail it to: Recording Department Denton County Clerk 1450 East McKinney Street Denton, Texas, 76209
The marriage certificate request form is very straightforward and asks for basic information like:
- The names of each spouse
- The date of the wedding
- The name and phone number of the requester
- The address where the documents should be sent
- If you're paying the fee using a credit card, all the relevant information needed for the transaction
DoNotPay Makes It Easier to Order Your Denton County Marriage Certificate
If you're not too excited about the idea of printing out forms or trying to see if you have any stamps, there's a much easier way to order your Denton County marriage certificate.
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If you want to but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 7 easy steps:
- Go to the Certificates of Marriage product on DoNotPay.
- Select whether the certificate belongs to you or a relative/loved one. If it belongs to someone else, enter the details of both people on the certificate, and select/upload evidence that proves your relationship with them. If the certificate is yours, enter the details of your spouse.
- Enter the city, state, and county where the marriage certificate was issued as well as the date it was issued.
- Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy.
- Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.
- Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct.
- If you need the document to be notarized, schedule a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail-in your request form with a check on your behalf.
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