Marriage license application indexes and divorce decree indexes are compilations of the records that are sent to VSS from the county and district clerks in the county where the event occurred and cannot be considered comprehensive. For information on marriages prior to 1966 or divorces prior to 1968, or if you cannot locate a record in our indexes, you must contact the county or district clerk's office in the county in which the event occurred.
Texas marriage license application indexes and report of divorce/annulment indexes are available for download by year below. These indexes are available in a compressed (ZIP) format and require a file extractor to open. File types within the ZIP vary by year and may require additional software. For questions or problems, email VSSRecordsManagement@dshs.texas.gov.
What Do the Indexes Contain?
The indexes contain the following information:
- FILE NUMBER
- NAMES OF BOTH PEOPLE
- AGES OF BOTH PEOPLE
- MARRIAGE DATE
- PLACE OF MARRIAGE (MARRIAGE INDEX ONLY)
- NUMBER OF CHILDREN UNDER 18*
- DATE MARRIAGE WAS DISSOLVED*
- COUNTY NAME AND CODE WHERE DECREE IS FILED*
*divorce/annulment indexes only
More Information on Indexes
These indexes were prepared by Vital Statistics and may contain data entry errors or misreported data, and users of the indexes may discover misspelled names, incorrect dates, or missing data. Ongoing corrections are made to the original record; therefore, these indexes may not reflect the most recent information.
If you believe that an original marriage license contains an error, you will need to contact the county clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was obtained. If you believe that an original divorce decree contains an error, you may contact the district clerk's office in the county where the original decree is filed. See list of local offices in Texas.
Indexes are not themselves legal documents and are prepared only as aids in locating the county where the original marriage license or divorce decree was filed.