The Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office issues marriage licenses. A couple may go to any circuit court in Virginia to obtain a marriage license. There are no residence requirements to obtain a marriage license in Virginia; however, the marriage must take place in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Obtain a Marriage License
The Arlington Clerk’s Office issues marriage licenses Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. To obtain a marriage license, both parties must:
- Be at least 18 years old, or an emancipated minor with a certified copy of emancipation order.
- Present valid photo identification (U.S. driver’s license, passport, or Military I.D.)
- Complete the online marriage license application. At this time the Clerk’s office is only offering in-person marriage appointments.
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, Visa, MasterCard or Discover only. There is a 4% service charge of the total amount paid by credit card.
If you were previously married, you must present a copy of a court-issued Decree of Divorce to the Clerk’s Office before a marriage license will be issued. After a finalized divorce, there is no waiting period to get remarried.
Certified Copies of Marriage Licenses
Certified copies of marriage licenses issued by the Clerk of the Arlington County Circuit Court can be obtained though Vital Records. Express service is available via VitalChek. Additional fees apply. Customers may also send requests for certified copies to the Clerk’s office. Certified copies are $2.50 each. Requests for copies by mail must be sent to:
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Attn: Marriage License
1425 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 6700
Arlington VA 22201
Requests for certified copies of a marriage license sent by mail must contain:
- Full name of both spouses
- Marriage date
- Marriage location
- $2.50 fee (per certified copy) by check or money order payable to “Clerk of the Circuit Court”. Please do not send cash through the mail.
- A self-addressed stamped envelope
To expedite the processing of your mail request, please use our Arlington marriage license request form. Requests made through the mail are typically processed and returned in 7 – 10 business days.
Who Can Perform Marriages
The clergy, minister or other person performing the marriage must be authorized by a Circuit Court of the Commonwealth to celebrate the rites of matrimony. Officiant must complete and sign both copies of the marriage license and forward to the Clerk of the Court that issued the license within five 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
Clergy or ministers seeking authorization to perform religious wedding ceremonies through the Arlington Circuit Court may apply in-person at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m or submit the following required documentation by mail to: Clerk of the Circuit Court, 1425 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 6700, Arlington VA 22201. Applicants must provide:
- Completed Petition and Order
- Proof of ordination or a local minister’s license (Online ordinations are not recognized pursuant to Cramer v. Commonwealth)
- Proof of regular communion, letter of good standing, or other proof pursuant to VA Code § 20-23
- Payment of $31 by cash, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover)
Individuals that wish to perform a one-time civil marriage ceremony in Virginia must obtain prior court authorization. To apply through the Arlington Circuit Court, the individual must be a resident of Arlington County or the City of Falls Church. Please see attached instructions for more information.
The following Civil celebrants are available to officiate marriage ceremonies. Please contact the celebrant directly with questions regarding scheduling or availability. The celebrant may charge up to $75 for a ceremony pursuant to VA Code § 20-27.
2111 Wilson Blvd, 8th Fl
Arlington, VA 22201
Available by appointment only. Weekends and evenings with advance notice.