Marriage

Every marriage in this Commonwealth shall be under a license and solemnized in the manner provided by law. A marriage license is issued by the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office of any city or county in the Commonwealth of Virginia.​​​​​​​

 Application for Marriage

Wedding ringsThe Application for Marriage License​ form is available to print and complete.  Both parties are encouraged to complete the form prior to arriving at the Clerk's Office. This will save considerable time in the processing of your application.

Certified copy of a marriage license

You may obtain a certified copy of a marriage license from the Circuit Court Clerk's Office that issued the marriage license. You may make the request in person or by mail.  To request a certified copy of your marriage license by mail, complete the Certified Copy of Marriage License Form and mail it to:

Virginia Beach Circuit Court Clerk's Office
Attention Marriage Licenses
2425 Nimmo Parkway  Bldg. 10-B 3rd Floor
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456

Be certain to include the following when submitting the form to the Clerk's Office:

  • The full name of both parties
  • The date of the marriage
  • The place of marriage
  • A money order, certified check or in-state personal check, in the amount of $2.50 per EACH copy, made payable to the "Circuit Court Clerk" 
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope.

  (Virginia Code Annotated, §20-20)

 General Info


  • ​License is issued by the Circuit Court Clerk of any city o​r county in the State of Virginia.
  • Out-of-state-residents may apply at any Clerk's Office throughout the State.
  • The Virginia Beach Circuit Court Clerk's Office is located at the , Building 10B, 3rd Floor. 
  • No blood tests or witnesses are required.
  • The license must be used within 60 days of the date of issue or it will expire.
  • Both parties must be present to obtain a marriage license.
  • The Clerk's Office requires some form of identification from each person, such as a driver's license, military I.D., or a certified copy of a birth certificate.
  • The fee for the license is $30.00.  We accept Cash or Credit Card for payment, however there is a fee of $2.00 when using a Credit Card.
  • The minimum age is 16 years old. (Virginia Code Section 20-48) ; however; anyone under the age of 18 must have written, notarized consent from a parent or their legal guardian (Virginia Code Section 20-49) .
  • For divorced persons, there is no statutory waiting period before remarriage after the divorce is final unless remarriage is specifically prohibited by a Court. A copy of the divorce decree is not required when applying for a license.​​

 Certain marriages prohibited

A marriage entered into prior to the dissolution of an earlier marriage of one of the parties; (Virginia Code Section 20-38.1)
  • ​A marriage between an ancestor and descendant, or between a brother and a sister, whether the relationship is by the half or the whole blood or by adoption; (Virginia Code Section 20-38.1)
  • A marriage between an uncle and a niece or between an aunt and a nephew, whether the relationship is by the half or the whole blood; (Virginia Code Section 20-38.1)
  • When either of the parties lacks capacity to consent to the marriage because of mental incapacity or infirmity; (Virginia Code Section 20-43)
  • Bigamous marriage; (Virginia Code Section 20-43)

The Virginia General Assembly is offering access to the Code of Virginia on the Internet as a service to the public. We are unable to assist users of this service with legal questions nor respond to requests for legal advice or the application of the law to specific facts. Therefore, to understand and protect your legal rights, you should consult an attorney.


 Persons Authorized to Perform Marriages

A marriage commissioner is on duty at the Virginia Beach Court House from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., ​Monday through Friday. 

You can get your license and get married on the same day. No appointments and no witnesses are needed. 

The marriage commissioner charges $50.00 (cash only) for performing the marriage ceremony at the Court House.

The following commissioners have been appointed by the Virginia Beach Circuit Court to celebrate the rites of marriage. You may contact one of the below listed marriage commissioners to perform a wedding ceremony at a location other than the Court House:

Allen Sokolik
4483 Nanney's Creek Court
Virginia Beach, VA 23457
(757) 721-4608
amarcom@aol.com
www.virginiabeachmarriage.com

Harold H. McGee
437 Lake Drive
Virginia Beach VA 23451
(757) 472-3131  (cell phone)
(757) 491-1110
beachmcgees@Verizon.net

Carol Buck
941 Aspen Drive
Virginia Beach, Va. 23464
(757) 582-2050
carolbuck23@cox.net

Cotton Markert 
​700 Oriole Drive, 215A
Virginia Beach, VA  23451
(757) 572-4551
cottonmarkert@cox.net
www.marriagecommissioner.net​

Marriage Commissioner Calendar​

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