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Civil Celebrant Appointment (Marriage Officiants)
  • Non-Virginia residents who are not clergy cannot legally perform a wedding in Virginia.
  • You must be a resident of Loudoun County in order to be a One-Time Ceremony Civil Celebrant authorized to perform a wedding in Virginia.
  • Virginia residents who do not reside in Loudoun County will need to apply in the county in which they reside.
  • Submit the following:
    • $54 filing fee
    • One-Time Civil Celebrant Petition
      • The completed petition will be forwarded to a Circuit Court judge for review and approval.
    • Once the order has been approved, the petitioner must post a $500 bond, either by cash or check, prior to performing the marriage ceremony. 

Permanent Civil Celebrant Appointment
  • You must be a resident of Loudoun County in order to be appointed as a permanent Civil Celebrant authorized to perform a wedding in Virginia.
  • Submit a letter setting forth your interest in being appointed as a permanent Civil Celebrant. Provide your email address and daytime phone number.
  • The letter will be provided to and reviewed by the Clerk of Circuit Court. The Clerk will contact the individual to provide information about the process.

Out-of-State Minister Petition
  • We encourage you to petition in the county in which the marriage is taking place. 
  • The Loudoun County Circuit Court Judges do not recognize any online ordinations, for example The Universal Life Church, per the Attorney General opinion examined in Cramer v Commonwealth.
  • Submit the following:
    • $84 filing fee
    • Out-of-State Minister Petition 
    • A copy of your certificate of ordination 
    • Proof of your position as a minister within the church or religious organization on official church letterhead. 

*Please note that Court personnel are prohibited by law from giving legal advice. If you need assistance or advice, please see our Legal Aid and Links page here.
Contact UsKimberly Walker
Civil Division Manager

Lauren Permison
Civil Division Supervisor


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Physical Address:
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Attn: Civil Division
18 East Market St.
Leesburg, VA 20176
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Attn: Civil Division
P.O. Box 550
Leesburg, VA 20178


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