Marriage License

Virginia Beach Marriage License Information


A Virginia marriage license is required for all weddings in the state of Virginia!  You may obtain your marriage license from any courthouse in the state of VA, regardless of county or city. Bring this license (and everything the clerk gives you) on your wedding day & give to your officiant to fill out, and they typically take care of sending that signed license back to the courthouse unless you choose to hand carry it back (must be done within 5 days!).

It is the couple’s responsibility to obtain certified copies for any name changes. The courthouse does not give anything back to you! The certificate given by the officiant is just a keepsake document, not a legal document. These certified copies can only be obtained from the courthouse you originally obtained your license from and are $2.50 each.  You can go in person or mail in a money order.   The license is valid for 60 days, meaning it must be obtained within 60 days of your wedding.


Please note that we are not affiliated with the City of Virginia Beach nor any of the courthouses. This information is subject to change at any time.

–  License is issued by the Circuit Court Clerk of any city o​r county in the State of Virginia.


They are open from 8:30am-330pm.   

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

(757) 385-8822 or (757) 385-8926. 

All cell phones and cameras must be left in your vehicle or kept in a locker.




The license is $30.00 Cash or Credit Card for payment.


Single form of ID from each person, such as a driver’s license, military I.D., passport, or a certified copy of a birth certificate.

No divorce decrees required if you’ve been married before

No blood tests or witnesses are required. 

The license must be used within 60 days of the date of issue or it will expire.

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.​​


Have your own officiant?
If you are having your own officiant perform your ceremony, please note that they must be licensed to perform the rites of marriage within the State of Virginia. If they are coming from out of state and are not licensed in VA, they must obtain a bond from the courthouse for a one-time fee ($500).


Visit for a list of all VA circuit courts

For more information, visit the Virginia Beach Courthouse website here:


DID YOU KNOW that you can obtain your marriage license VIRTUALLY ONLINE through our neighboring city of Norfolk? 

Save both of you a trip to the courthouse, and this is especially useful for out of town couples!


Marriage License Applications Processing by Video

  1. Complete the marriage license application – CLICK HERE
    a. Ensure that the full name (including the middle name) is included
    b. Ensure that you include your mother’s MAIDEN name.
  2. Send the application to
    a. They will review to ensure accuracy, then return it to you for electronic signature.
    b. Once signed, return the completed application with a copy of both party’s government issued picture ID card.
  3. Include your preferred email address and phone number for communications.
  4. The Clerk’s Office staff will set up a date/time to send you a link to a video call
  5. The video call will include:
    a. Both parties viewable on camera
    b. Holding your ID up to the camera so that we can verify you against the documents presented
    c. Swearing your oath
    d. You will need to have a valid credit card to complete the payment of fees
  6. Once the above steps are completed, we will complete the application process and email you the completed license.
  7. You will then take the license to the individual performing the ceremony (officiant).
  8. The officiant will then sign and date the document and send it back to the email address listed above

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