Marriage License Information
Marriage licenses are issued by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. There are no residency requirements to obtain a marriage license in Virginia. A couple may go to any circuit court in Virginia to obtain this license. Once the license is issued, there is no waiting period and no blood test is required. The marriage license is valid for 60 calendar days and the marriage must take place in Virginia.Location:The Fairfax County Courthouse at 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia on the first floor in Suite 116.
Cost:The fee is $30.00 payable by cash or credit card (Visa or MasterCard only with a 4% processing fee).
Special Requirements:Both parties must appear before the Clerk to obtain a license and must be 18 years of age or older (proof of age is required with either a valid driver's license with picture, passport or military identification). If a party is 16 or 17 years of age a parent must appear with identification. The Clerk's Office will provide a special affidavit for the parent's signature.
Phone:If you have any questions, please contact the Fairfax Circuit Court Clerk's Office at 703-691-7320, press 3, 6, 1.
On-Line Marriage License Pre-Application:Marriage license applicants who are 18 years of age or older, can complete the pre-application online and submit it directly to the Fairfax Circuit Court. Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation document via e-mail. Within 90 days of submission, bring the confirmation document, payment and a valid photo id (driver’s license, passport or military identification card) to the Public Service Division of the Fairfax Circuit Court to obtain your license. The bride and groom must appear at the courthouse together.
Who Can Perform A MarriageMarriages are not performed by the Clerk's office, however, a list of local civil marriage celebrants is available at the Circuit Court or any of the magisterial government centers throughout the county. A list of civil marriage celebrants may be obtained by mail. Send a written request, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Clerk of the Circuit Court, Public Service Division, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 116, Fairfax, VA 22030. Out-of-state ministers must be authorized by the Circuit Court to perform marriage ceremonies in Virginia. For more information, see the Marriage Celebrant page or call 703-691-7320 and press 3, 6, 1, 4 for qualifying details.
Copies of Marriage LicensesTo obtain a certified copy of a marriage license, the license must have been issued by the Fairfax Circuit Court. The certified copy can be obtained either in person or by mail.To obtain a copy in person, go to the Public Service office on the first floor of the Fairfax County Courthouse, Suite 116. The fee for a certified copy of a marriage license is $2.50 per copy and will be made while you wait. The court does not accept personal checks for payment. Payment is by cash, cashier's check or money order payable to "Clerk of the Circuit Court." Visa and MasterCard are also accepted with a 4% processing fee.PLEASE NOTE:
Marriage licenses issued between July 1, 1997 and June 30, 2001 have not been configured to prevent disclosure of the social security number or control number and shall not be available for general public inspection in the offices of clerks of the circuit courts. Either the bride or groom may obtain copies of their marriage license in person by appearing in the offices of the circuit courts with valid photo id (i.e. driver's license, passport or military identification). If an individual other than the applicants wish to obtain a copy of a license issued during this time span he shall only obtain copies (i) upon the order of the circuit court within which such application was made or register is maintained; (ii) pursuant to a lawful subpoena duces tecum issued to the clerk; (iii) upon the written and notarized authorization of either of the applicants; or (iv) upon the request of a law-enforcement officer or duly authorized representative of the Division of Child Support Enforcement in the course of performing his official duties.
To obtain a copy by mail, the customer must either complete the Marriage License Copy Request form or prepare a written request providing the date of the marriage, the name of the groom and maiden name of the bride. (Marriage licenses issued between July 1, 1997 and July 30, 2001 shall abide by the rules mentioned in the Note above.) A self-addressed, stamped envelope must be enclosed. The fee for a certified copy of a marriage license is $2.50 per copy. The court does not accept personal checks for payment and credit card payments cannot be accepted through the mail. The Clerk's Office only accepts money orders or cashier's checks through the mail. The copy will be mailed within two weeks from receipt of the request. Mail the request to:Clerk of the Circuit Court
Attention: Marriage License Copies
4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 116
Fairfax, VA 22030If the marriage occurred in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the circuit court is unknown, the Division of Vital Records in Richmond can provide copies. The addresses are:Mailing AddressStreet Address
Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, VA 23218-1000
Division of Vital Records
2001 Maywill Street
Richmond, VA 23230
For more information please visit the Vital Records web site or call 804-662-6200.
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