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

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
  • valid for 60 days


  • 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.
  • If either party is divorced, a certified copy of the final divorce decree must be provided. A copy is not required if finalized in Chesterfield.


The marriage license fee is $32.50


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.