How to Get Married in Virginia

Virginia Marriage License Information

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If you've just set a date for your wedding, this can be an exciting time for the two of you! Don't let the marriage license laws of Virginia put a dent in your wedding plans.

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Virginia marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date.

Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!

Remember, requirements may vary as each county in Virginia could have their own requirements.

ID Requirement:

You will need to present valid photo identification such as your driver's license, military ID, state ID, or passport and a certified copy of your birth certificate. According to some of the Virginia Circuit Court websites, both of you must be present in order to obtain a marriage license.

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Virginia.

Previous Marriages:

Some Virginia counties may require documentation to prove a previous marriage has been dissolved either through death or divorce.

Covenant Marriage Option:

No.

Waiting Period in Virginia: 

There's no waiting period in Virginia.

Fees in Virginia: 

Expect to pay approximately $30 to get married in Virginia. Cash only in some counties, while other locales may accept credit cards but charge a 4% processing fee. Call the County Clerk's office to make sure what forms of payment are accepted where you want to get married.

Other Tests: 
None.

Proxy Marriages:

No.

Cousin Marriages:

Yes.

Common Law Marriages:

No.

Same Sex Marriages:  

Yes.  When the Supreme Court denied to review Virginia's same-sex marriage case in October 2014, gay marriages were allowed to begin there immediately. 

Under 18:

If either of you are under 18 years of age, you must have written, notarized consent from a parent or your legal guardian.

Officiants in Virginia:

Any ordained minister who can show proof of ordination. Marriage Commissioners, and Judges (Circuit Court, District Court, or retired) in Virginia may also perform civil weddings.

Miscellaneous:

A Virginia marriage license must be returned to the Court Clerk for recording no more than sixty (60) days from the date of its issuance. The Virginia marriage license is valid for 60 days. What this means is you two have 60 days to get married and have your marriage license officially recorded. If you wait past that time frame, you can't get married without applying for and paying for another marriage license.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Office of Vital Records and Health Statistics
State Health Department
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, VA 23218-1000
Phone: 804-225-5000

Still Confused About Getting Married in Virginia?

If you are still confused about the different terms used in the marriage license application process, check out these articles:

Marriage License 101 -- The Basics

Marriage Applications 

Marriage Licenses

Marriage Certificates 

PLEASE NOTE:

Please note that I make every effort to offer you common-sense marriage advice and helpful information about marriage on this website, but am I not an attorney and the articles on the site are not to be construed as legal advice.

The information in this article was accurate when it was published. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

This Marriage site has a world-wide audience and marriage laws and regulations vary from state to state and country to country. When in doubt, seek legal counsel.

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