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 Pamela A. Mann 

Wedding Officiant / Marriage Commissioner

Interfaith Minister

[email protected]

 Fredericksburg,VA 22401

571-338-8551

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Obtaining Your Marriage License In Virginia

What You Need to Know 101

  • Age Requirement -  18 with a certified copy of the birth certificate as proof.  If under the age of 18, notarized consent from a parent or legal guardian is required.
  • Waiting Period - None
  • License is Valid For -  60 days, statewide
  • ID - Valid driver's license, military ID, state ID, passport
  • Fee - $30 Marriage License, $2.50 Certified Marriage License per Copy
  • Officiant - Ordained minister who can show proof of ordination; marriage commissioners, justices of the peace, and judges.  ***PLEASE NOTE Officiants in the state of Virginia must be approved by the Clerk of the Circuit Court before the ceremony if chosen Officiant is out of state, most online ordinations are not accepted.


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 before obtaining your Marriage License to insure that you have all the necessary information and documentation needed prior to your arrival at the courthouse.  

  • It is also recommended to contact the courthouse before arrival to verify times for issuing Marriage Licenses, as some may require an appointment and others allow clients to walk in at any time during the courthouse's business hours Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4 pm.

  For information about venues and locations in Virginia click on the link

https://www.virginia.org/meetings/weddings/getting-married/


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 fee in Virginia is $30.

Certified copies of Marriage License $2.50 per copy

Most clerk's offices accept credit/debit cards with an additional fee. 

Proxy Marriages:

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