Marriage Licenses

Due to scheduled software update, online marriage license application may be unavailable between 5pm Friday, October 30th and 8am Monday, November 2nd.

Social Distancing Protocols

  • To enforce social distancing an appointment is REQUIRED to access this service at our office. 
  • Currently, Loudoun County residents only can request an appointment. Non-Loudoun County residents looking for an appointment, please check back for status update after November 22nd, 2020.
  • Parties should complete and submit an Application Online before Scheduling an Appointment to appear at the courthouse to receive their license. 

Requirements & Fees

  • Both applicants must be 18 years of age, unless emancipated by a court order (Virginia Code § 20-48)
  • Both applicants must appear in person with a valid government-issued photo identification, including foreign identification legible in English
  • Fee for a marriage license is $30 (payable by cash or credit card (PDF))
  • Birth names of both parents
  • Loudoun County residency, proof of divorce, witnesses or blood tests are not required to obtain a marriage license from Loudoun County Clerk of Circuit Court

Marriage License

  • Application can be completed and submitted here before arriving to the Clerk’s Office or upon arrival using our public computer terminal
  • Appointment must be scheduled prior to arriving to the courthouse
  • Marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date of issue and is to be used for a marriage ceremony in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Marriage license can’t be issued retroactively
  • Marriage license/certificate can’t be issued to document a marriage that had taken place outside the United States; legal marriages that take place overseas are recognized as legal and documentation supplied by a foreign agency will serve as proof of marriage
  • Unused/expired marriage licenses must be returned back to the Clerk’s Office (Virginia Code § 20-21)

Marriage Ceremony

  • Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court does not perform marriage ceremonies
  • Couple is responsible for making arrangements for the ceremony; person performing the ceremony is permitted to charge fees (Virginia Code § 20-27)
  • List of Civil Celebrants (PDF) qualified by Loudoun County Circuit Court
  • Officiant will retain both copies of the marriage license and shall file it with the Clerk of the Circuit Court within 5 days following the ceremony (Virginia Code §32.1-267 (C))

Copies of the Marriage License/Certificate

  • Clerk’s Office (for licenses issued by Loudoun County Clerk of Circuit Court): by completing mail-in request form (PDF) or by calling the division directly with credit card authorization (subject to $2 convenience fee); fee is $2.50 per copy
  •  Copy of a license under a "triple seal" (required for an Apostille/Great Seal to be presented at foreign agencies) can be obtained at the issuing Clerk’s Office; fee is $5 per copy
  • Virginia Department of Health-Division of Vital Records and DMV issue copies of marriage records for ceremonies that took place anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Authentications (issued as either a Great Seal or an Apostille) are done by the Secretary of the Commonwealth; contact Authentication Office directly for details

Amendment of Marriage License

  • Appointment must be scheduled prior to arriving to the courthouse
  • Fee to amend a marriage license after the marriage has been performed is $10
  • Party amending the information shall present proof of the requested change-original document with certified translation if applicable; please contact our division regarding specific documentation required for your specific circumstances
  • Customers requesting amendment to their marriage license should arrive no later than 3:30pm to allow sufficient time for processing

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