Harris County to issue marriage licenses again starting May 18

The Harris County Clerk's Office closed for two months during the coronavirus, sending marriage license applicants to neighboring counties. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The Harris County Clerk's Office closed for two months during the coronavirus, sending marriage license applicants to neighboring counties. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Harris County Clerk's Office closed for two months during the coronavirus, sending marriage license applicants to neighboring counties. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Harris County Clerk’s Office announced May 11 that marriage licenses will be available by appointment only starting Monday, May 18. Licenses will only be issued at the downtown office, 201 Caroline St., 7th Floor, Room 745, Houston, and not at any annex locations throughout the county.

Appointments will be available from Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., but as of 3 p.m. May 12, appointment slots were booked until June 9. Walk-ins are not permitted at this time.

The county clerk’s main office and all annex locations closed March 18 to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, and marriage licenses could not be obtained during the closure.

Many county residents turned to neighboring counties, including Galveston County, to apply for marriage licenses over the last two months. Galveston County Clerk Dwight Sullivan told Community Impact Newspaper in an early April interview that his office was experiencing an uptick in marriage license applicants, most of whom were from outside the county.

"[These residents] had things scheduled already, and their clerks shut down," Sullivan said.


Officials said the clerk’s office will be practicing social distancing and administering health screenings upon entry. For more information or to set an appointment, visit www.cclerk.hctx.net or call 713-274-8686.
By Danica Smithwick
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She became editor of the Cy-Fair edition in March 2020 and continues to cover education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


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