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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and 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, VA 23397
King George, VA 22485
King William, VA 23086
Leesburg, VA 22075
Louisa, VA 23093
Lunenburg, VA 23952
Lynchburg, VA 24505
Madison, VA 22727
Martinsville, VA 24112
Matthews, VA 23109
Boydton, VA 23917
Saluda, VA 23149
Christiansburg, VA 24073
Lovingston, VA 22949
New Kent, VA 23124
Newport News, VA 23607
Norfolk, VA 23510
Eastville, VA 23347
Heathsville, VA 22473
Nottoway, VA 23955
Orange, VA 22960
Luray, VA 22835
Stuart, VA 24171
Petersburg, VA 23803
Chatham, VA 24531
Portsmouth, VA 23705
Powhatan, VA 23139
Farmville, VA 23901
Prince George, VA 23875
Manassas, VA 22110
Pulaski, VA 24301
Radford, VA 24141
Washington, VA 22747
Richmond, VA 23219
Warsaw, VA 22572
Roanoke City, VA 24010
Salem, VA 24153
Lexington, VA 24450
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Lebanon, VA 24266
Gate City, VA 24251
Woodstock, VA 22664
Marion, VA 24354
Halifax, VA 24558
Courtland, VA 23837
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Stafford, VA 22554
Staunton, VA 24402
Suffolk, VA 23439
Surry, VA 23883
Sussex, VA 23884
Tazewell, VA 24651
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Front Royal, VA 22630
Abingdon, VA 24210
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Montross, VA 22520
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Wise, VA 24293
Wytheville, VA 24382
Yorktown, VA 23690