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Reverend Pamela A. Mann Interfaith Minister

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 Fredericksburg,VA 22401

571-338-8551

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Obtaining Your Marriage License In Virginia

For the location of all Circuit Courts in Virginia click on the link:

http://www.courts.state.va.us/courts/circuit.html


Please Note: The information provided below is a courtesy, it is recommended that you contact the Circuit Court Clerk's office that you wish to obtain your Marriage License to insure that you have all the necessary information and documentation needed prior to your arrival at the courthouse. 


***During COVID some courthouses may require an appointment to apply for your Marriage License based on CDC and local government regulations. Some courthouse still offer walk-in service. 


Marriage Licenses in Virginia are issued by the Clerk, or his/her deputy, of the Circuit Court of the county or city of which either spouse/partner is a resident. If neither the spouse/partner are a resident of Virginia, the license may be obtained in any County or City. In either case the ceremony may be performed elsewhere in the State. Applicants must, under oath, furnish information, required to complete the marriage record.


Some Circuit Courts in Virginia:

Please Note: The information provided below is a courtesy, it is recommended that you contact the Circuit Court Clerk's office that you wish to obtain your Marriage License to insure that you have all the necessary information and documentation needed prior to your arrival at the courthouse.


Marriage Licenses in Virginia are issued by the Clerk, or his/her deputy, of the Circuit Court of the county or city of which either spouse/partner is a resident. If neither the spouse/partner are a resident of Virginia, the license may be obtained in any County or City. In either case the ceremony may be performed elsewhere in the State. Applicants must, under oath, furnish information, required to complete the marriage record.


For the location of all Circuit Courts in Virginia go to:


http://www.courts.state.va.us/courts/circuit.html

ID Requirement:

Driver’s License
State issued ID card
Military ID
Passport
Passport Card
Permanent Resident Card
Foreign Gov’t issued Passport

Waiting Period:

There is no waiting period. You will receive your license immediately, and may get married as soon as the license is issued.

Residency Requirement:

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of Virginia to obtain a marriage license

Previous Marriages:

The date of your divorce or the date of your spouse’s death must be provided. Bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate.

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Marriage License Fees:

The marriage license fees in Virginia is $30. Some clerks offices accept credit cards with an additional fee. All accept cash.

Proxy Marriages:

No. Proxy marriages are not allowed in Virginia. Both parties must be present.

Officiants in Virginia:

A minister of any religious denomination may be authorized by the circuit court to celebrate the rites of matrimony. In order to obtain such authorization, the minister must produce proof of his ordination and regular communion with the religious society of which he is a reputed member.

• Marriages between persons belonging to any religious society which has no ordained minister may be solemnized by the persons and in the manner prescribed by and practiced in the society.

• The minister or other person officiating at the marriage must complete and sign the Marriage Register and the Marriage Return and forward both forms to the clerk of the court who issued the license within five days after the ceremony is performed. The Marriage Return is forwarded by the clerk to the State Division of Vital Records. In addition to the forms to be returned to the clerk, the officiant may also prepare a certificate to be given to the newly married couple.


Witnesses:

There is no statutory requirement that witnesses be present at the marriage ceremony.


License Validity Time:

A Virginia marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date of issue, statewide.