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Texas Affidavit of Absent Applicant

Requesting for a marriage license requires the applicant’s personal appearance before the County Clerk. Should the applicant be unavailable to present herself/himself, this affidavit must be completed. The other designated applicant shall then apply for the marriage license on behalf of the absent party.Download

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING AN ABSENTEE AFFIDAVIT	 	
 
                                            PLEASE READ CAREFULLY 	 	
 
The 	Absentee Affidavit	 is to be completed if an applicant is unable to appear 
personally before the County Clerk to apply for a marriage license. The other 
applicant may apply for a marriage license on behalf of the absent applicant .  
 	
The County Clerk may not issue a marriage license for which  both applicants are absent unless  both applicants are 
members of the armed forces of the United States stationed in another country in support of combat or another 
military operation. 	   Texas Family Code: Chapter 2, Section 2.006  	
 
The affidavit will be denied if both parties desiring to marry are not in full compliance with the 
information that follows. The absent party must complete every blank and sign the affidavit. In 
addition, the absent party’s signature must be acknowledged  and notarized. Photocopies or faxed 
copies will not be accepted . Unsworn declarations are not accepted.   
 
       1.  Print or type	 all information that is requested on the application. No white-out or      	
            obvious alterations will be accepted . 
 2.  The names of both parties must be printed or typed  EXACTLY as they appear on    
      the identification that will be used to obtain the marriage license.  3.  With the exception of the other applicant, a person may only act as a proxy if they are an adult , 18 or 
older, and the absent applicant is  unable to attend the marriage ceremony and  is a member of the 
armed forces of the United States stationed in another country in support of combat or another 
military operation. 
4.  There is a 72-hour waiting period immediately following the issuance of the marriage license unless 
waived by  a court order or proof of active military status.          
5.  The marriage ceremony must be conducted within  90 days from the date the marriage license is 
issued or it will expire.         
6.  An acceptable form of valid, government issued picture identification must be presented by the 
present party with one of the following for the absent applicant: 
 
-Certified copy of birth certificate.  
- Valid driver’s license.                                             
-Military id.  
-Valid passport.  
-Naturalization papers 
 	
PHOTOCOPIES OF ID ARE NOT ACCEPTED. NO ALTERED DOCUMENTS AS PROOF 
OF ID WILL BE ACCEPTED	. 	
         7. The absentee affidavit expires  90 days from date of signing.  
 
8. The fee is $71.00. Cash, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express. No Checks.  
           Office Hours: Monday through Friday   8:00-5:00   Phone : 817-884-1550

Rev. 	03/21/2014	 	
 	
AFFIDAVIT OF ABSENT APPLICANT	 	
The County Clerk’s office will 	not	 accept this document if it is not filled out completely and correctly.	 	
Please print 	or type all information	. 	
                                                                                  	       	  	     	 	     	 State of Texas	 	
                                                                                              	 	 	           	     	COUNTY OF TARRANT	 	
 
1.   Full	 name of 	applicant	:__________	____________________	______________	____	_____________	____________	                                                      	 	     	                                                                  	          	   (Include Maiden Name if  Female)	 	
 
2. 	  Complete address of applicant	 (include 	address of institution if 	incarcerated.)	 	
 
        ____________________________________________________________________	__________________________	 	      	               	       	Current	 Address               	            	                     	      	            	             	City/	State 	                     	          	                                                    	 Zip                	 	 
3.   Date of 	birth:______	_____	/____	________	/_______	_________	Ag	e:_____________	 	        	                      	            	Month            	               	Day 	                	        	   Year           	 	
 
4.  	 Place of 	birth	:________________________________________________________	________________________	_ 	      	                               	City	                      	                          	                     	County  	(If Known)	                	                                        	                       	State	 	 
5.   I am a citizen of	:___	_______________________________________	_____________________________	_______	_ 	
 
6. 	  Social Security Number	:______	____	_/________	_____	/______	________	 	
 
7.  	 If divorced, did divorce occur within the last 30 days?	        	 □	Yes      	□	No      	□	N/A 	
8.   I am not presently married and the other applicant is not presently married	.    □	True	      	□	False	 	
9. 	  I am not presently delinquent in court	-ordered child support payments.	     □	True	       	□	 False	 	
 
10. 	The other applicant is n	ot related to me as an ancestor or descendant, by blood or adoption; a brother	 or 	sister, of 	 	
       	the whole or half blood or by adoption; a parent’s brother or sister of the whole or half blood or by 	adoption; a son 	 	
       	or daughter of a brother or s	ister of the whole or half blood or by adoption; a current or former stepchild or 	   	
       	ste	pparent; or a son or daughter of a parent’s brother or sister, of the 	whole or half	 blood or adoption.	  	
       	□	True	     	 □	 False	 	
 
11. I do hereby declare that I desire to marry:_______	________________________	____________	_____________	____	                                                                                                                             	    	     	 	
      	whose age is:____	_ and w	hose address 	is:_______________________________	______________________________	          	 	                                         	                        	            	          	           	Address	              	             	       	            	     	       	 City/	 State    	           	              	Zip	                   	                  	          	 	
  
12. Approximate date of marriage:_____________________	________________________________	___	 	
 
13. I am unable to appear in person befo	re the County Clerk because	: ________________	__________	 	
        	___________________________________________________________________	______________	_    	      	 	
  
14. I will be present at the marriage ceremony.       	□	True      	□	 False	 	
 
15. I am 	a member of th	e armed forces of the United States stationed in another country in support of 	 	
      	combat or another military operation. I am 	unable to attend the marriage ceremony and for that 	 	
      	reason I hereby appoint____________________________	________________	______	to act as proxy. 	   	         	       	    	                           	                  	    (Must be 18 years of age or older	 and not the other applicant	) 	
                 	 	
 	
NOTARY	 	
 
 
 	
OATH OF APPLICANT	 	
 
I solemnly swear (or affirm) that the information I have given in this affidavit	 is true and correct.  	 	
 
 Signature__________________________	_____________	__________________	_____	     	Executed on __________20____.	 	
                  	 	
 Subscribed and sworn to 	me on this ________	______	_day of 	_______________	_____________, 20____.	 	
 
   Notary Signature	    ______________________________	_____________	___	__________	 	             	 	
    Notary Public, 	in and for ____________________	________________	____	___________	 	                                                  	        County                                 State	                      	                          	                	     	Seal	 	
             	  	
                                    	 	      	__________	___________________________	 	      	Type of ID used for Notarization       	 	
          	                  	    *Note: Affidavit 	expires 	90 days from date of notary	 acknowledgment.
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