Marriage Licenses

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
  • 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 is available here
  • 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

Additional Resources