Verification of a Marriage or Divorce

Verification letters are not considered legal substitutes for marriage licenses or divorce decrees. It is strongly recommended that you make sure a verification letter will satisfy your intended use before ordering.

Certified copies of marriage licenses or divorce decrees are only available from the county clerk (marriage) or district clerk (divorce) in the county or district in which it was obtained.

Indexes (lists) of marriage or divorce records by year may be purchased or downloaded for free from our website.

The Texas Vital Statistics provides letters verifying whether or not a marriage or divorce was recorded with the State of Texas based on the application for marriage or divorce sent to our office by the county clerk or district clerk. If no record of a marriage is found, the verification letter itself can be considered a “single-status letter,” which some foreign countries accept as legal proof of single status.

Verification letters of marriage are available for marriages that occurred from 1966 to 2008.
Verification letters of divorce are available for divorces that occurred from 1968 to mid-2008.

Ordering marriage verification or divorce verification letters through Texas.gov
For fast, affordable service, order marriage verification or divorce verification letters through Texas.gov, the official eGovernment site for the State of Texas. The current estimated processing time for Texas.gov orders is 10-15 business days.

Anyone who orders from Texas.gov must:

  • be ordering a record that is to be delivered within the United States, to U.S. territories or U.S. commonwealths, or to U.S. military addresses (APO, FPO).
  • have a valid credit card.

If you do not meet these criteria, you cannot use Texas.gov, but you can make the request by following the instructions below.