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Everything you need to know about obtaining a marriage license in Virginia but were afraid to ask...............

MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION

Congratulations on your ​upcoming marriage. The information in this list is provided to help you in what we hope will be a most happy event!


Couples are responsible for making all necessary arrangements for the wedding including contacting the marriage commissioner directly and arranging for the facility. Be sure to make arrangements early to assure availability of the commissioner and/or facility.


Marriage Licenses

Marriage Licenses are obtained and recorded at the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court. You may purchase your license at any locality in Virginia and be married in another locality in Virginia. Please note the following information when applying for a Marriage License:

  • Cost is $30 paid by cash, check or money order (check with your Clerk before appearing to make sure they accept checks or money orders, some may accept credit/debit cards also).
  • Both parties must be present.
  • Driver's License or other photo id Required.
  • Must know full names of parents.
  • The minimum age is 16 years old for the persons to be married (§20-48); however; anyone under the age of 18 must have written, notarized consent from a parent or their legal guardian (§20-49). (To avoid any delay, bring your birth certificate and parent with you).
  • License expires in 60 days.
  • No blood tests or witnesses or waiting periods are required.
  • The fee for certified copies of the marriage certificate is $2.50 to $3.00 each depending on locality, and it is available sometime soon after the Marriage Commissioner returns the completed license to the Clerk’s Office (each office varies). Call ahead to make sure they have received it and it has been recorded.
  • The Marriage Certificate given to you by your Officiate is NOT a legal document, it is merely a keepsake.

IMPORTANT:

LEAVE CELL PHONES, CAMERAS, AND ANYTHING THAT MAY BE USED AS A WEAPON IN THE CAR.


The courthouse will NOT automatically send you the legal documents so make arrangements to get it in the mail. I suggest taking a self address stamped envelope with you to the courthouse. Each Courthouse has their own procedure so be sure to ask!