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Beware in Texas...marriage license not good enough for Citiz

Postby johnlabarbera » 24 Oct 2009, 12:08

After many many months of doing what I thought were all the right things...and waiting many many months for the Italian Consulate in Houston to finally look at my paperwork...they concluded...that they needed a certified copy of the marriage license application for me and my parents, along with the apostille...why? Because it shows the birth place and dates of the marrying parties, which the marriage license does not.

In Texas, they no longer require the county to keep the marriage application past 60 days. And the State of Texas does not issue the marriage application any longer, instead they issue a letter of verification. And only for marriages that occur after 1966.

So...my marriage license was issued in Nueces County in 1986, they do not have the application any longer. So I requested a letter of verification from Texas and asked they be sure to include the info required. My fingers are crossed.

My parents license was issued in Jefferson County, it appears they do still have the application on file so we may get lucky there as they were married in 1957, before the 1966 cutoff.

Be sure to make sure you can get these documents before you start your quest...in Texas

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Postby johnlabarbera » 21 Jan 2010, 02:40

So I could not get the official documents I needed from the State or County so I drafted a letter stating that the birth certificates of my parrents and the marriage license of my parents were for the same people. I had the letter notarized. I then sent the notarized letter to the State to get apostille, they will apostille a notarized document. The Consulate says this will be fine.

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Re: Beware in Texas...marriage license not good enough for C

Postby jbp1966 » 08 Apr 2010, 23:59

I'm in the same situation. I need a copy of my Marriage License Application. Did the consulate accept the notarized and apostilled letter you drafted?

Thanks,

jbp

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Postby johnlabarbera » 09 Apr 2010, 00:32

I just received notice today that I am now recognized as an Italian citizen!!!! So yes it worked!!!

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Postby jbp1966 » 09 Apr 2010, 12:08

Fantastic news for you! Glad you got your citizenship! Thanks for the information.

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Re: Beware in Texas...marriage license not good enough for C

Postby jbp1966 » 09 Apr 2010, 17:25

I got lucky - Harris County retains Marriage License Applications on film! I just returned from the county clerks office and was able to get a copy of my Marriage License Application! Apostille and translations are next!


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