What exactly is a marriage application and where do I get one?
Congratulations! You found your match and want to seal the deal but you’re not quite sure where to start. Getting married is such a wonderful time to celebrate and bask in the love with your life partner, unfortunately however, the government wants to be the first one involved like always, which means spending a few set aside days filling out paper work. Follow the steps below to understand the marriage application process in order to get legally married and it will shoot you in a clear direction toward getting your marriage application.
STEP #1: Understanding What a Marriage Application Is & How Much it Costs:
Okay so first things first, a marriage application (also known as a marriage 'license' application form) is a document issued by your local government offices.
The marriage application will present a mutual desire between you and your partner to be wed. It’s usually found at the local County Clerk's office; location varies depending on where you live. Contact them first to iron out any specific questions you may have about your marriage application. Bring $100 cash/card with you because there will be a marriage application fee.
Bonus: **Bringing Down the Cost of a Marriage Application**
Luckily you can make the price of your marriage application drop significantly by taking a state approved marriage education class. For example, to receive your marriage application in the city of Dallas, TX it would cost $71.00 or you can take them 'together in Texas' marriage education program which takes 8 hours or you can choose to break it up into different weekends. You will need to present a valid certificate to get this benefit to go toward your marriage application fee and only pay $11.00 for your marriage application altogether.
STEP #2: Upon Completing Your Marriage Application
Okay once you request a marriage application you will need to fill it out honestly and carefully. This is very important to understand because depending on where you live you can be charged with a misdemeanor or with perjury for false information on the marriage application, so be sure not to cut any corners or falsify your answers. Upon completion you will be asked to swear the information you presented on the marriage application as true and then they will either tell you how long you will need to wait or you could get your marriage license the same day. Earlier I used Dallas, TX as an example and discussed the marriage education class; This is where another one of its benefits comes into play. By taking this class you will have the 3-day waiting period waived so if you need to get married as soon as possible this is another way to cut down on the 72 hour time lag.
STEP #3: Store Your License in a Safe Place Until The Big Day
Once you get your license be sure to hold on to it or you will have to go through the marriage application process again. You will present it to whoever marries you and they will send you your marriage certificate after the wedding.
Again, congratulations & good luck!