Marriage Information

Marriage Licenses

The Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office of any city or county in Virginia issues marriage licenses. Out-of-state residents can apply at any Clerk’s Office in Virginia.

The Arlington Clerk’s Office prepares marriage licenses Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. To obtain a marriage license:

  • Arrive in the office by 3:30 p.m. to allow sufficient time for the office to prepare the marriage license
  • The bride and groom must be at least 16 years old. If under 18, you must bring your parents with you to sign a consent form.
  • Both the bride and groom must be present to obtain a marriage license.
  • The Clerk’s office requires identification from each person, such as a driver’s license, passport, or Military I.D.
  • The Court does not require blood tests or witnesses.
  • The marriage license must be used within 60 days of the issue date before it expires.
  • The license fee is $30. Pay by cash or credit card, MasterCard and Visa only. There is a 4% service charge of the total amount paid by credit card.
  • Decree of Divorce. If you were previously married, you must present a certified copy of a court-issued Decree of Divorce to the Clerk’s Office before it can issue you a marriage license. If the Decree is in a language other than English, you must present a certified document translation, signed and dated by a translator attesting to the document’s accuracy. There is no statutory waiting period before remarriage after a finalized divorce, unless the Court specifically prohibits remarriage.

Certified Copies of Marriage Licenses

You can obtain a certified copy of a marriage license, in person or by mail, from the Clerk of the Circuit Court only if the office originally issued the marriage license. When you make your request, you must include the following information:

  • Bride’s full name
  • Groom’s full name
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage location
  • $2.50 fee (per certified copy) paid by cash; credit card (MasterCard and Visa only; 4 percent service charge of the total amount paid by credit card); or money order, certified check or in-state personal check payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Do not send cash through the mail.
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope

Who Can Perform Marriages

The clergy, minister or other person performing the marriage must be authorized by a Circuit Court of this Commonwealth to celebrate the rites of matrimony.

The clergy, minister or other person officiating at the marriage ceremony must complete and sign both forms of marriage license and forward both forms to the Clerk of the Court who issued the license within 5 days after the ceremony is performed.

A commemorative certificate of marriage may be prepared by the officiant and given to the newly wedded couple upon request.

Clergy, Minister & Celebrant Qualifications

The clergy or minister must have an active, tax-exempt congregation, recognized under 501(c)(3) of the United States Code.

Marriage celebrants must appear in person at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with the following:

  • Proof of an active congregation
  • Certificate of Ordination
  • Photo identification
  • Payment of $31 by cash or credit card (MasterCard and Visa only; if you pay by credit card, you must also pay a 4 percent service charge of the total amount paid.)
  • Once a celebrant provides the appropriate documentation and payment to the Clerk of the Circuit Court, the celebrant receives a lifelong certification to perform marriage ceremonies anywhere in Virginia.

Court-Provided Civil Celebrants

Court-provided celebrants officiate marriage ceremonies Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or at other times by appointment only. There is a $50 cash only fee for a Court-provided civil celebrant:

Gerald Williams
2045 N. 15th St., B-4
Arlington, VA 22201
703-524-7774
Weekdays: Walk-ins or appointments
Weekends: Appointments only

Carla F. Ward
2007 N. 15th St., Suite 201
Arlington, VA 22201
703-522-2116
email
Weekdays: Walk-ins or appointments
Weekends: Appointments only

Fitzhugh Lee Godwin, Jr.
2045 N. 15th Street
Suite #1
Arlington, VA 22201
(Beside Jerry’s Sub)
(703) 528-9800
email
Weekdays: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., appointments only
no weekends