Marriage Licenses, Copies, Name Change & Minister Authorization

  1. Obtain a License
  2. Obtain a Copy
  3. Change Your Name
  4. Minister Authorization

Obtaining a Marriage License During COVID-19 Pandemic

Marriage licenses are

Requirements (if applying in Chesterfield)

  • Application must be submitted online and received by the Clerk’s Office before an appointment can be scheduled.
  • Public service hours:  9:00-11:00 AM and 1:00-3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
  • Appointment scheduling: After online submission, call the Clerk’s Office’s Reception Division during above public service hours to schedule an appointment, 804-748-1241.
  • In light of COVID-19, visitors to the Courts Building will be screened by the Sheriff’s Office before entry is permitted. 
  • Marriage must take place in Virginia.
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope should be presented for the return of a certified copy of the license.
  • Both parties must be present and must be prepared to present a valid government-issued photo I.D. to confirm age eligibility.
    • The minimum age at which persons may marry is 18, unless a minor has been emancipated by court order.
    • Upon application for a marriage license, an emancipated minor must provide a certified copy of the order of emancipation.

Fees

$32.50 (plus postage if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is not provided)

Payments

Payment types accepted

Obtaining a Marriage License (Normal Procedures)

Access the Clerk’s automated marriage license application system Using this online application will speed the marriage license issuance process.

Marriage licenses are

  • issued 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • issued in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Record Room located on the ground floor of the main Courts Building (9500 Courthouse Road)
  • valid for 60 days

Requirements

  • Marriage must take place in Virginia.
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope should be presented for the return of a certified copy of the license.
  • Both parties must be present and must be prepared to present a valid government-issued photo I.D. to confirm age eligibility.
    • The minimum age at which persons may marry is 18, unless a minor has been emancipated by court order.
    • Upon application for a marriage license, an emancipated minor must provide a certified copy of the order of emancipation.

Fees

$32.50 (plus postage if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is not provided)

Payments

Payment types accepted

Marriage Ceremonies at Courthouse

There is no one in the Clerk’s Office (or Judges’ Chambers) that performs wedding ceremonies at the courthouse. It is recommended that parties contact a civil marriage celebrant or a minister authorized to perform marriages in Virginia. An authorized marriage celebrant should be able to produce a copy of the court order or clerk’s order that authorized him/her to perform marriage ceremonies in Virginia.

There are some civil celebrants appointed by the Court who are willing to perform ceremonies at the Courts Building (typically outside). Specific details regarding a ceremony would need to be discussed with the celebrant chosen.