Licenses & Officiates

Licences and Officiates information

Wedding License Requirements for the state of Virginia –

Marriage licenses are issued by the Clerk of the Circuit Court; the fee is $30.00 CASH, NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED.  Both parties must appear before the Clerk to obtain a license and must be 18 years of age or older (proof of age required with either a valid driver’s license with picture, passport or military identification), or if between 16 and 18, a parent must appear with identification. The court will provide a special affidavit for the parents' signature. If one parent has legal custody, we will need a certified copy of the court order and a certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate that includes both parents’ names. Marriages are not performed by the Clerk's office see below for a list of Marriage Commissioners.

There are no residency requirements to obtain a marriage license in Virginia. A couple may go to any Circuit Court in Virginia to obtain this license. Once the license is issued, there is no waiting period and no blood test is required. The marriage license is valid for 60 calendar days and the marriage must take place in Virginia.

Out-of-state ministers must be authorized by the Circuit Court to perform marriage ceremonies in Virginia. The court does not accept personal checks for payment. Payment is by cash, cashier’s check or money order payable to "Clerk of the Circuit Court".  Williamsburg is served by two Circuit Clerks of Court:

Williamsburg/ James City County Courthouse
First Floor
5201 Monticello Avenue, Suite 6,
Williamsburg, VA 23188
757-564-2242

York County Circuit Court - York County Courthouse
Phone 757.890.3350
300 Ballard Street
Yorktown, VA 23690

Marriage Commissioners
Douglas Johnson
P: 757-229-2081
C:757-585-1991

Eunice A. Fenwick                         
P: 757-253-2929                            
C: 757-869-5510   

 Gary A. McQuillen                        
P: 757-220-2356                            
C: 757-876-6754

James Gilley
P: 757-564-1758
C: 757-561-6288

JoAnn Mc Grew
P: 757-565-3354                    

Patricia M. Ogorzaly                     
P: 757-229-0217            
C: 757-871-7320