Beginning Wednesday, April 15, a new “Virtual Marriage License” appointment program will be the exclusive way to get a marriage license from the Fairfax Circuit Court Clerk's Office during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have seen an increase in couples applying for marriage licenses during the COVID-19 pandemic,” noted Clerk of the Fairfax Circuit Court John T. Frey. “By going virtual, we can manage that increased workload, while promoting public — and staff — safety.” The Clerk's Office, an essential service, is one of the few in the D.C. region still issuing marriage licenses.
Using the Clerk of Circuit Court’s existing “preApp” technology, a couple can prepare their marriage license application in the comfort of their home and schedule a convenient time to appear by Webex to take their oath before a deputy clerk of court. An e-signature tool has been added. Applicants must have a computer, smartphone or tablet with a microphone and camera, along with internet access. Plus they need an email address/account for both the preApp and the Webex appointment.
After customers pay by credit card, the Clerk’s Office mails them their marriage license. As always, the couple has 60 days to be married by an authorized officiant, at which time the license gets completed by the celebrant, who returns it to the court. The Clerk's Office holds it in perpetuity as the marriage certificate.
For more information, contact Gerarda Culipher, Chief Deputy Clerk at 703-246-4111.