Religious Celebrant Marriage Authorization


Overview

Clergy affiliated with a church in the Commonwealth of Virginia and clergy affiliated with a church outside the Commonwealth of Virginia who wish to perform a wedding ceremony in Virginia, must receive authorization through a Virginia Circuit Court prior to performing the ceremony. This is pursuant to §20-23 and §20-26 of the Code of Virginia. Please allow approximately 10 business days for processing

The Fairfax Circuit Court Judges do not recognize online ordinations such as the Universal Life Church, American Marriage Ministries or other similar online organizations pursuant to Cramer v. Commonwealth.

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