John T. Frey,
Clerk of the Court
Notice: Due to social distancing protocols, beginning April 15, 2020, the Public Service Division counters will be closed to the public. Marriage licenses will be prepared and issued online by virtual appointment. Applicants must have a computer, smartphone or tablet with a microphone and camera, along with internet access. Virtual appointments are hosted by WebEx. After the appointment, the marriage license is mailed to the applicants through the U.S. Post Office.
The fee is $30.00 payable by credit card (Visa or MasterCard only with a 4% processing fee).
Currently, all marriage licenses are issued by virtual appointment. Please do not come to the Courthouse. Couples must have internet access and a computer, tablet or smartphone with a camera and microphone. Appointments are held online and hosted by Webex. Instructions for the virtual Webex appointment are provided by email, along with the date and time of the appointment. After the appointment, the clerk finalizes the license and mails it to the couple through the U.S. Post Office.
To obtain a marriage license, the couple must appear on the virtual appointment together and be 18 years of age or older. During the appointment, the couple must have access to the following: (i) valid photo identification (a valid driver's license with picture, passport or military identification); (ii) a credit card for the $30 fee (MasterCard and Visa only with a 4% transaction fee); (iii) their social security number or Virginia driver’s license number (they do not need to provide their social security card); and (iv) the full names of each applicant’s parents (including full middle names) as they appear on the couple's birth certificates. (If a parent’s maiden name differs from their current name, the applicant must provide that parent’s full maiden name.) The first step to obtain a license is to complete the Online Marriage License Pre-Application. After submitting the application, instructions are provided as the couple moves through the process.
Fairfax County does not provide "Justice of the Peace" services. Civil marriage celebrants are available by appointment at the location of your choosing. Please see the Marriage Celebrants section of our website for more information.
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.
Online Marriage License Pre-Application
All applicants must use the Online Marriage License Pre-Application to begin the process of obtaining a marriage license. All marriage licenses are prepared online by virtual appointment. Applicants must have a computer, smartphone or tablet with a camera and microphone, along with internet access. Appointments are hosted by Webex. After the appointment, marriage licenses are mailed to the applicants through the U.S. Post Office.
To begin the process of obtaining a marriage license, complete the Online Marriage License Pre-Application. Upon submission of the Pre-Application, the couple receives a confirmation document by e-mail. Within 60 days of submission, the couple must send an email to request a virtual appointment.
Both applicants must appear online together and be at least 18 years of age. The couple needs access to the following during the virtual appointment: (i) Online Marriage License Pre-Application confirmation document; (ii) Visa or MasterCard for the $30 fee (there is a 4% processing fee on all credit card transactions); (iii) a valid photo id (driver’s license, passport or military identification 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.)
If you have any questions, please contact the Fairfax Circuit Court Clerk's Office at 703-691-7320, press 3, 4 (TTY 711).
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