Marriage License Information
OverviewMarriage 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).
Requirements:The couple must appear before the Clerk together to obtain a license and be 18 years of age or older. The couple must provide the following: (i) valid photo identification (a valid driver's license with picture, passport or military identification); (ii) $30 cash or credit card (MasterCard and Visa only with a 4% transaction fee); (iii) their social security number (they do not need to bring their social security card); and (iv) the full names of each applicant’s parents (including full middle names) as they appear on their birth certificates. (If a parent’s maiden name differs from their current name, the applicant must provide that parent’s full maiden name.)
Special Requirements for Minors:Pursuant to §20-48 of the Virginia Code, the minimum age at which a person may marry is 18, unless the minor has been emancipated by court order. Upon application for a marriage license, the emancipated minor must provide a certified copy of the court order of emancipation to the Public Service Division.
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 60 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. Both applicants 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. Virginia and out-of-state clergy must be authorized by the Circuit Court prior to performing marriage ceremonies in Virginia. For more information, see the Marriage Information 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.MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED BETWEEN 7/1/97 – 6/30/01:
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 spouse may obtain copies of the 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) or through the mail by enclosing a notarized copy of either spouse's valid photo id with their copy request. Pursuant to Virginia Code §32.1-267, 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 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 and the full name of both parties. (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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