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I will be arriving in Texas, and we will be driving to my fiancee's home in Oklahoma. We want to get married straight away at the nearest courthouse to the airport.

As he is a resident of Oklahoma, do we have to get married in an Oklahoma courthouse?

Can we get married there and then, paying all the fees (I presume this will be on a Friday)?

What do each of us need to bring with us (I will have my K1 visa)?

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Just now, Ella and James said:

I will be arriving in Texas, and we will be driving to my fiancee's home in Oklahoma. We want to get married straight away at the nearest courthouse to the airport.

As he is a resident of Oklahoma, do we have to get married in an Oklahoma courthouse?

Can we get married there and then, paying all the fees (I presume this will be on a Friday)?

What do each of us need to bring with us (I will have my K1 visa)?

First thing is you need to check with the courthouse there in the Texas city you will land at to ascertain their requirements. Knowing that information will answer your additional questions.

 

Here is a good place to start https://www.dallascounty.org/government/county-clerk/marriage-license.php


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Check the State's laws. 

Usually you just need a passport to get married. 


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Posted (edited)

this is Texas

 

  • Issuing a marriage license is the duty of the County Clerk and can be obtained in any county in Texas.
  • A marriage license issued in Texas is valid for a wedding ceremony held in any Texas county.
  • Minimum Age: 16. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a certified copy of their (long form) birth certificate issued in the last 10 years as well as court-emancipated.
  • Waiting Period: 72 hours. However, there is a 30-day waiting period after a divorce is granted within the state of Texas.
  • License Fees: Texas marriage license fee varies by county and is required at the time of application.
  • License Validity Time: 90 Days
  • Blood Test: Not Required.
  • Residency: Not Required.

This is Oklahoma:

https://statelaws.findlaw.com/oklahoma-law/oklahoma-marriage-license-and-blood-test-requirements.html

Oklahoma has same day marriage but costs is $55 

they have a premartial class to take to  bring the cost down to $5

Edited by adil-rafa

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I believe Oklahoma has no waiting period.........you could drive into OK, and marry same day as getting your marriage license.


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28 minutes ago, Greenbaum said:

First thing is you need to check with the courthouse there in the Texas city you will land at to ascertain their requirements. Knowing that information will answer your additional questions.

 

Here is a good place to start https://www.dallascounty.org/government/county-clerk/marriage-license.php

Bad place to start unless Texas has recently annexed Oklahoma 


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1 hour ago, Ella and James said:

(I presume this will be on a Friday)

Depending on what time the flight arrives, you might be cutting it close in order to get the marriage license on the same day in Oklahoma. An alternate option is Las Vegas. Their License Bureau is open everyday of the year, 8am to midnight: https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/clerk/Pages/locations-and-hours.aspx

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42 minutes ago, payxibka said:

Bad place to start unless Texas has recently annexed Oklahoma 

Not so fast there Hombre! OP stated "I will be arriving in Texas, and we will be driving to my fiancee's home in Oklahoma. We want to get married straight away at the nearest courthouse to the airport."

 

So they are landing at an airport in Texas [didn't say which one] there eventual onward journey is to Oklahoma. They want to step off the plane and travel to the nearest courthouse to the airport to marry. So, it is Texas and not Oklahoma unless it is not possible in Texas then they will go to OK for their marriage.

 

In the event you are having trouble with the meaning of "straight away" let me help you with that.

 

straight (or right) away
phrase of straight
 
  1. immediately.
    "the clerk recognized her straight away"
    synonyms: at once, straight away, now, right now, this/that (very) minute, this/that instant, immediately, instantly, in/like a flash, directly, on the spot, forthwith, without further/more ado, promptly, quickly, without delay, then and there, there and then, here and now, ASAP, as soon as possible, as quickly as possible, with all speed; More

 

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3 minutes ago, Greenbaum said:

Not so fast there Hombre! OP stated "I will be arriving in Texas, and we will be driving to my fiancee's home in Oklahoma. We want to get married straight away at the nearest courthouse to the airport."

 

So they are landing at an airport in Texas [didn't say which one] there eventual onward journey is to Oklahoma. They want to step off the plane and travel to the nearest courthouse to the airport to marry. So, it is Texas and not Oklahoma unless it is not possible in Texas then they will go to OK for their marriage.

 

In the event you are having trouble with the meaning of "straight away" let me help you with that.

 

straight (or right) away
phrase of straight
 
  1. immediately.
    "the clerk recognized her straight away"
    synonyms: at once, straight away, now, right now, this/that (very) minute, this/that instant, immediately, instantly, in/like a flash, directly, on the spot, forthwith, without further/more ado, promptly, quickly, without delay, then and there, there and then, here and now, ASAP, as soon as possible, as quickly as possible, with all speed; More

 

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Still ain't gonna be in Texas as a marriage ASAP won't happen due to the waiting period 


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Getting married in OK will be faster.

 

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2 hours ago, Ella and James said:

I will be arriving in Texas, and we will be driving to my fiancee's home in Oklahoma. We want to get married straight away at the nearest courthouse to the airport.

As he is a resident of Oklahoma, do we have to get married in an Oklahoma courthouse?

Can we get married there and then, paying all the fees (I presume this will be on a Friday)?

What do each of us need to bring with us (I will have my K1 visa)?

As others have said, Texas has a 72 hour waiting period between issuance of marriage license and being able to marry. To schedule, while you are at the county clerk getting your license, stop by one of the windows for the Justice of the Peace. You can schedule the ceremony with one of them. They can be the officiant.


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1 hour ago, payxibka said:

Still ain't gonna be in Texas as a marriage ASAP won't happen due to the waiting period 

I know that. And the information i provided confirmed that particular issue. Next.


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Posted (edited)

Check the state laws and see who can officiate.  I got married in front of a magistrate but we had to schedule and appointment.  

 

Every place will be different.  Do your research.

 

All states recognize all marriages.  So you could do a quickie in Las Vegas and be legal if you want.

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