As of September 1st, the state portion of your marriage license fee in Texas will double, from $30 to $60. However, to encourage health marriages, the state legislature will allow you to skip on this fee if you take a marriage prep course either provided by the state, or through your church. (You’ll still have to pay the county portion, usually around $11.) The course must be at least an eight hour program providing help with connumication, conflict resolution and the benefits of marriage. For more information, check with your county clerk’s office.