How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Virginia?
The Commonwealth of Virginia was one of the original thirteen colonies and offers its visitors plenty of historical landmarks, museums, and coastal beauty. There are many quaint colonial towns or big, bustling cities to choose from for your Virginia wedding.
Rules and Regulations
Before visiting Colonial Williamsburg on your historical honeymoon, be sure to bone up on all the rules and regulations for getting married in Virginia.
- You can get married in Virginia if you are 16 years old with parental or guardian consent.
- If you are 18 years or older, you can get married without parental consent.
- You do not have to live in Virginia to get married there.
- There is no blood test required.
- Cousin marriage is allowed.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- You do not need any witnesses at your wedding.
How to Apply
You both must apply in person, together at the Clerk of the Circuit Court in any county to obtain a marriage license. You must bring with you the following paperwork at the time of application:
- If you have been married before, bring a copy of the divorce decree or death certificate.
- A marriage license fee (no more than $50, varies by county).
- A current, valid photo ID such as driver’s license, passport, military ID or state ID.
- Social security numbers for both of you.
- Full names for both of parties.
- Both people must sign the license under oat and attest to the validity and accuracy of the information.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period for getting married in Virginia, and you can be married the same day if you want. The marriage license is only good for 60 days from the date of issuance so plan accordingly to be married within that period.
Who Can Officiate
Only a minister of any religious denomination may officiate at your wedding ceremony. After the wedding, that person must complete, sign and date the marriage license and return it to the Clerk of the Court within five days of your ceremony.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.
You may contact the Clerk of the Court where you obtained your license if you want a certified copy after it has been filed and recorded. There will be a small processing fee (varies by county).