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?

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 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