Marriage license appointments at capacity at Webb County Clerk’s Office

Anyone who is looking to obtain a marriage license can set up an appointment for 2021
Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2020 at 10:31 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Couples looking to tie the knot in Webb County might have to wait until next year to get their marriage license..

Exactly one year ago on Nov. 18, 2019, Selma Canche’s boyfriend of 10 years proposed in Cozumel, Mexico.

She booked her wedding venue in February.

Little did she know, a pandemic would interrupt her plans.

“You can’t plan. You can’t prepay,” Selma said. “There’s so much stress with this. And then all of a sudden, we see the post from [KGNS] about the marriage license.”

On Wednesday, the Webb County Clerk’s Office announced that it was at full capacity for marriage license appointments through the end of the year.

Anyone planning to get married must apply for a marriage license at least 72 hours prior to the wedding ceremony, and they are only valid for 90 days.

Since the start of the pandemic, marriage licenses were issued by appointment only.

“These are the pages, and they’re all full,” said Margie Ramirez Ibarra, Webb County clerk. “All full until the very end of the year. This is November, and this is December. At one time the office was closed, and we were helping customers at the door, so we were only taking once in a while applications. Maybe that’s why now we have so many applicants coming in.”

Ramirez Ibarra says her office receives about nine applications a day, on average 45 a week, a rate she says is higher than she’s ever seen.

“There are times in the year where we get like, let’s say May or June or Valentine’s Day, but I have not seen how many licenses we’re issuing [right now],” she said.

Couples around the country resorted to hospital weddings, quarantine roof weddings and surprise doorstep celebrations.

For Selma, she still plans to get married in February of next year. But this announcement was just more stress the COVID-19 pandemic has added.

“My husband works in North Dakota. So what if he’s on his hitch or not off his hitch? What do I do then? He has to be here on the day they gave me. And if he’s not here, I don’t know when I’ll get another appointment,” Selma said.

Their office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you can reach them at 523-4266.

The clerk says she will work with couples as best as she can, but you’ll want to set up an appointment for the new year as soon as possible.

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