Marriage License Information

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To Obtain a Marriage License at our Circuit Court Clerk’s office the following procedures are followed:
  • Both parties need to be simultaneously present when the application is made although there is a special process available when one of the parties is incarcerated.
  • Both parties should have a valid, non-expired government issued photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport, or DMV issued ID card to present upon request. 
  • $30 fee payable by cash or check/money made payable to the City of Charlottesville Circuit Court.

Please note that the license must be used/"Certified" by the Officiant within sixty (60) calendar days from issuance or the license will become void so you should not obtain a Marriage license unless you plan to get married within the next sixty (60) days from the date of issuance.

Marriage licenses are issued Monday - Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. at the Clerk’s Office where it will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete the form at our Marriage Computer Kiosk followed by a review of the application and administration of the required oath by a member of our staff. You should plan to arrive by 4:15 pm to allow sufficient time to complete the process. 

Requirements
  • There are no residency requirements and couples may purchase their marriage license at any Circuit Court in Virginia. 
  • The marriage ceremony must be performed in Virginia within 60 days after the license is issued. There is no waiting period required between application and issuance of the license and a couple may be married immediately after the issuance of a license. 
  • No blood test is required. 
  • For divorced persons, there is no statutory waiting period before marriage after the divorce is granted. A copy of divorce decree is not required. 

Our office does not provide "Justice of the Peace" services at the Courthouse for immediate unions nor maintain a list of "Civil Officiants".  You may contact the City of Charlottesville Sheriff's Office at 434-970-3777 if you do not have an "officiant" and desire to to have them officiate your marriage.

Required For Marriage Licenses

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Age and Date of birth
  • Place of birth (state or foreign country)
  • Race
  • Number of this marriage (first, second, third, etc)
  • Marital status (widowed or divorced, if previously married)
  • Education (highest grade completed)
  • Names of both parents (first, middle, and maiden/last)