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Circuit Court Clerk - Minister Authorization to Perform Marriages
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Clerk of Court
The Honorable Wendy S. Hughes

Phone: (804) 748-1241

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This email account is intended for general inquiries only. For specific case-related inquiries, please call the Clerk’s Office during public service hours to speak with a staff member in the appropriate division.

The Court does not accept case-related filings via the Internet, e-mail or fax.
Filings are accepted via mail, courier or hand delivery.

Public Service Hours
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Recording Hours
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 125
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0909

Street Address
9500 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Circuit Court Clerk - Minister Authorization to Perform Marriages

The Clerk's Office may authorize certain ministers to perform marriage ceremonies, provided that the minister meets the requirements of § 20-23 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended. 

Out-of-state ministers may be authorized for a one-time ceremony, provided the ceremony will take place in Chesterfield. 

If Code requirements are not clearly met, the minister must

  • petition the Court
  • submit a filing fee in the amount of $54.00 
  • set a hearing

NOTE: Before visiting the Clerk's Office to request authorization, please contact the office by phone at 804-748-1241 to confirm the process.