What you need to know about getting a marriage license in Northern Virginia

You can’t get married without a marriage license! In the Commonwealth of Virginia, you must apply for a marriage license at least 24 hours before your wedding ceremony. Here’s what you need to know about getting a marriage license in Virginia.


To get a marriage license in Virginia, you and your soon-to-be spouse must go to the clerk’s office in any Virginia Circuit Court. Both of you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid photo ID. You will need to fill out an application and pay a fee of $30. * double check this fact* and pay a recording fee.

You do not have to be a resident of Virginia to get a marriage license here, but if you are not a resident, you will need to get the license from the city or county where you plan to be married. The license is only valid for 60 days from the date it is issued.


You do not need a blood test or physical examination to get a marriage license in Virginia. However, you will need to provide proof of divorce or the death of a previous spouse if you have been married before.

After you have obtained your marriage license, you must wait at least 24 hours before getting married. The wedding ceremony must be performed by a licensed minister, priest, rabbi, or other official authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in Virginia.


Once the wedding ceremony is over, the officiant will sign the marriage license and return it to the clerk’s office. The clerk’s office will then record the marriage and issue a certified copy of the marriage certificate. Congratulations- you’re now married!

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