Virginia Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in VA

If you're getting married in the commonwealth of Virginia you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is $30.00 dollars. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

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

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 60 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. In case of pregnancy when either party is under 16, the clerk authorized to issue marriage licenses in the county or city wherein the female resides shall issue a proper marriage license with the consent of the parent or guardian of the person or persons under the age of 16 only upon presentation of a doctor's certificate showing he has examined the female and that she is pregnant, or has been pregnant within the nine months previous to such examination, which certificate shall be filed by the clerk, and such marriage consummated under such circumstances shall be valid.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, 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. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Virginia or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in Virginia. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Virginia marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in Virginia. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

Yes, cousin marriages (first, second, etc) are allowed to take place.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or legally recognized in Virginia.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Virginia has 61 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

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