How to Get Married in Virginia

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So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Virginia!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Virginia!

How to Get Married in Virginia

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: A license for marriage in Virginia is issued by the clerk or his/her deputy clerk of a circuit court in any county or city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The ceremony may be performed anywhere in the State. Applicants must, under oath, furnish information required to complete the marriage record. These items are material and the applicant may be subject to prosecution for perjury for violation of the portion of the statutes which requires this information. For divorced persons, there is no statutory waiting period before marriage after the divorce is granted unless remarriage is specifically prohibited by a court. In some cases, clerks may require documentary proof of age or termination of previous marriage. Most of the offices of the clerks of court are closed on Saturdays.

There is no blood test requirement for marriage in Virginia. There is no waiting period required between application and issuance of the license and a couple may be married immediately after the issuance of a license. The marriage license issued in Virginia is for marriages to be performed in Virginia ONLY.

In Virginia the following marriages are prohibited,

  • A marriage entered into prior to the dissolution of an earlier marriage of one or both parties.
  • A marriage between an ancestor and or descendant; or between a brother and a sister; or between an uncle and a niece; or between an aunt and a nephew; whether the relationship is by half or the whole blood or adoption.
  • When either of the parties lacks capacity to consent to the marriage because of mental incapacity or infirmity.
  • A marriage between persons of the same gender (same sex).
  • "Common Law" marriages are not valid if entered into in Virginia or any other jurisdiction, which does not permit them for its residents.

Under 18: The minimum age for marriage in the Commonwealth of Virginia is sixteen (16) years for both the bride and groom; however, if either party is under eighteen (18), consent to the marriage must be given by the father, mother or legal guardian. This may be done in person by the parent or legal guardian before the person issuing the license or by written consent properly sworn to before a notary public. Special provisions are made in Virginia law to allow marriage for under age parties when the female is pregnant and for situations in which under age applicants have no parent or legal guardian.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: In Virginia, a marriage license costs $30.00 (payable by cash or credit card).

Officiants: Any person authorized to celebrate the rites of marriage shall be permitted to charge a fee not to exceed $50. A minister of any religious denomination must be authorized by a circuit court to celebrate the rites of matrimony. To obtain such authorization, the minister must produce proof of his ordination and regular communion with the religious society of which he is a reputed member. In addition, the court in each city and county has appointed persons who are eligible to perform civil marriage ceremonies.

Valid: In Virginia, a license is valid within sixty (60) days after the license is issued.

Equality Rights: Same sex marriage is legal in Virginia.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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