Virginia Marriage License Requirements
Below is the information on what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the marriage laws before filling out the marriage license forms.
In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document that allows you to officially be married under the law. Always check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.
Licenses are usually not valid for more than 30 days so you'll typically need to apply for your marriage license within one month of your wedding ceremony. You need to submit your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents.
When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.
IMPORTANT: You are not officially married when you receive a marriage license. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your officiant your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.
ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license. If application is mailed or faxed in, it must be witnessed by a Notary Public.
Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Virginia.
Waiting Period: 3 days.
If Divorced: If divorced within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.
Fees: Cash Only! $25
Other Tests: No tests
Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification.
Officiants: The minister, priest or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state may perform marriages. Ministers must provide marriage certificates to the couple married and report the marriage to the Marriage Commissioner.
Valid: License is valid for 90 days anywhere in Virginia.
The license can only be used within the State of Virginia.
IMPORTANT: State and county marriage license requirements can change so make sure you check with your local town clerk. This information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any plans.
Isle of Wight Clerk of Circuit Court 17122 Monument Circle Isle of Wight, VA 23397 757-365-6233
King George County Clerk of Circuit Court P.O. Box 105 King George, VA 22485 540-775-3322
King William County Circuit Court Clerk P.O. Box 216 King William, VA 23086 804-769-4936
Loudoun County Circuit Court Clerk P.O. Box 550 Leesburg, VA 22075 703-777-0270
Louisa County Clerk of Circuit Court P.O. Box 37 Louisa, VA 23093 540-967-5312
Lunenburg Clerk of Court County Court House Route 40 & 49 Lunenburg, VA 23952 804-696-2230
Lynchburg Clerk of Court 900 Court St Lynchburg, VA 24505 804-847-1590
Madison County Clerk of Circuit Court P.O. Box 220 Madison, VA 22727 540-948-6888
Martinsville County Clerk of Circuit Court 365 West Church St Martinsville, VA 24112 540-656-5109
Mathews County Clerk of Circuit Court Court St Matthews, VA 23109 804-725-2550
Mecklenburg County Circuit Court Clerk Washington St Boydton, VA 23917 804-738-6191
Middlesex County Clerk of Court P.O. Box 158 Saluda, VA 23149 804-758-5317
Montgomery County Clerk of Circuit Court 1 East Main St Room B-5 Christiansburg, VA 24073 540-382-5760
Nelson County Clerk of Circuit Court P.O. Box 10 Lovingston, VA 22949 804-263-4069
New Kent County Clerk of Circuit Court 12001 Courthouse Circle New Kent, VA 23124 804-966-9520
Newport News City Clerk of Circuit Court 2500 Washington Ave Newport News, VA 23607 757-926-8561
Norfolk County Clerk 100 St Paul's Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23510 757-664-4380
Northampton County Clerk of Court P.O. Box 36 Eastville, VA 23347 757-678-0465
Northumberland County Clerk of Court P.O. Box 217 Heathsville, VA 22473 804-580-3700
Nottoway County Clerk of Circuit Ct. County Court House Nottoway, VA 23955 804-645-9043
Orange County Clerk of Circuit Court P.O. Box 230 Orange, VA 22960 540-672-4066
Page County Clerk of Circuit Court 5 Court St Luray, VA 22835 540-743-4064
Patrick County Clerk of Circuit Court P.O. Box 148 Stuart, VA 24171 540-694-7213
Petersburg City Circuit Court Clerk Court House Hill Petersburg, VA 23803 804-733-2367
Pittsylvania County Clerk of Circuit Court P.O. Box 31 Chatham, VA 24531 804-432-7845
Portsmouth City Clerk of Circuit Court P.O. Drawer 1217 Portsmouth, VA 23705 757-393-8671
Powhatan County Circuit Court Clerk 3872 Old Buckingham Road Powhatan, VA 23139 804-598-5660
Prince Edward County Clerk of Court P.O. Box 304 Farmville, VA 23901 804-392-5145
Prince George County Clerk of Circuit Court P.O. Box 98 Prince George, VA 23875 804-733-2640
Prince William County Clerk of Circuit Court 9309 Center Ave, Ste 301 Manassas, VA 22110 703-792-6045
Pulaski County Clerk of Circuit Court Main St Pulaski, VA 24301 540-980-7825
Radford County Clerk of Circuit Court 619 2nd St Radford, VA 24141 540-731-3610
Rappahannock County Clerk of Court P.O. Box 517 Washington, VA 22747 540-675-3621
Richmond City Circuit Court 800 East Marshall St Richmond, VA 23219 804-464-6767
Richmond County Clerk of Circuit Court 100 Court St Warsaw, VA 22572 804-333-3781
Roanoke City County Clerk of Circuit Court P.O. 2610 Roanoke City, VA 24010 540-853-6702
Roanoke County Circuit Court P.O. Box 1126 Salem, VA 24153 540-387-6205
Rockbridge County Clerk of Circuit Court Courthouse Square Lexington, VA 24450 540-463-2644
Rockingham County Clerk of Circuit Court Rockingham Courthouse Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-564-3110
Russell County Clerk of Circuit Court Main St Lebanon, VA 24266 703-889-8023
Scott County Circuit Court Clerk 104 East Jackson St, #2 Gate City, VA 24251 540-386-3801
Shenandoah County Clerk of Circuit Court 1125 Main Woodstock, VA 22664 540-459-6150
Smyth County Clerk of Circuit Court P.O. Box 1025 Marion, VA 24354 540-783-7186
South Boston County Clerk of The Circuit Court P.O. Box 729 Halifax, VA 24558 804-476-6211
Southampton County Clerk of Court P.O. Box 126 Courtland, VA 23837 804-653-2200
Spotsylvania County Clerk of Court P.O. Box 96 Spotsylvania, VA 22553 540-582-7090
Stafford County Clerk of Circuit Court P.O. Box 69 Stafford, VA 22554 540-658-8750
Staunton City Circuit Court P.O. Box 1286 Staunton, VA 24402 540-332-3874
Suffolk County Circuit Court P.O. Box 1604 Suffolk, VA 23439 757-925-6458
Surry County Clerk Of Circuit Court P.O. Box 203 Surry, VA 23883 757-294-3161
Sussex County Circuit Court Clerk P.O. Box 1337 Sussex, VA 23884 804-246-5511
Tazewell County Clerk of Circuit Ct. P.O. Box 968 Tazewell, VA 24651 703-988-7541
Virginia Beach County Circuit Court Clerk Princess Anne Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23456 757-427-4181
Warren County Clerk of Circuit Court 1 East Main St Front Royal, VA 22630 540-635-2435
Washington County Circuit Court Clerk P.O. Box 289 Abingdon, VA 24210 540-676-6224
Waynesboro County Clerk of Circuit Court P.O. Box 910 Waynesboro, VA 22980 540-942-6616
Westmoreland County Clerk of Court P.O. Box 307 Montross, VA 22520 804-493-0108
Williamsburg-James City County Clerk of Circuit Court 321-45 West Court St Williamsburg, VA 23185 757-229-2552
Wise County Circuit Court P.O. Box 1248 Wise, VA 24293 540-328-6111
Wythe County Clerk Of Circuit Court 225 South 4th St Wytheville, VA 24382 540-223-6050
York County Circuit Court Clerk 301 Main St Yorktown, VA 23690 757-890-3350