Apply for a Historical Marker

The historical marker process in Texas begins at the county level. After you have reviewed all the relevant information on this page, contact your county historical commission chair if you are interested in submitting an application.

The THC accepts applications for historical markers each fall for the following calendar year. The next application period is from September 1 through November 15, 2017 for 2018 markers. Click here for the RTHL application for building and structures. Click here for the HTC application for cemeteries. Click here for the Subject marker application. Please note that all marker applications must be approved and submitted by your county historical commission chair or marker chair to  

Marker program staff are offering several online webinars and in-person workshops explaining the marker research and application process through the summer and fall of 2017. Look here for a list of dates and times for these training opportunities.


Helpful Tools for Markers

Marker Toolkit 

Training and Workshops

Family Home of George T. Briscoe, Devine, Medina Co.

Marker Research Guides

Marker Toolbox


Marker Program Policies, Forms and Procedures

Marker Types (PDF)

Marker Statewide Themes/Topics (PDF)

2017 Historical Markers Program Work Plan (PDF)

2018 Historical Markers Program Work Plan (PDF)

Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures (PDF) (for new marker applications)

Scoring Criteria (PDF)

Official Texas Historical Marker Policies (PDF) (for existing and new markers)

For an outline of the basic steps of the marker application process, please see this flow chart from Texas Preservation Handbook for County Historical Commissions.