In Virginia, you can be married by a qualified minister, judge or civil marriage celebrant who has been authorized by the court to perform weddings. To make finding an officiant easier, the clerk’s office maintains a list of court authorized
civil marriage celebrants.
VA Code Section 20-27 governs what civil marriage celebrants may charge for performing a wedding.
Once you receive your license, you may marry immediately anywhere in Virginia. If you choose to wait, it’s important to remember that the marriage must take place within 60 days of obtaining your marriage license.
The minimum age at which persons may marry shall be 18, unless a minor has been emancipated by court order. Upon application for a marriage license, an emancipated minor shall provide a certified copy of the order of emancipation.
VA Code Section 20-48.
How to Apply
Both persons who are to be married must appear in person at the circuit court clerk’s office on the second floor of the Circuit Courthouse at 7530 County Complex Road, Hanover, Va. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you plan to fill out the marriage
license applicant information forms at the clerk’s office, try to arrive by 4 p.m.
Things to Bring With You
What if I am Unable to
Apply in Person for the Marriage License?
If one person cannot appear in person due to military service or incarceration, please contact the clerk’s office to discuss the matter.
What if I Want Someone
Other Than a Minister, Judge or Civil Marriage Celebrant to Perform the
In some cases the Court can authorize a person who lives in the judicial circuit to perform a wedding. Contact the clerk’s office to discuss this possibility.
If you have questions about obtaining a marriage license, please contact us at (804) 365-6120 or (804) 365-6150. You may also be interested in reading the pamphlet “
Marriage in Virginia,” which is published by the Virginia State Bar.
Requesting a Certified
Copy of Your Marriage License
You may request certified copies of your marriage license at the time it is issued or at any point after you are married. The clerk’s office accepts requests for certified copies by mail or in person. If you request certified copies when you apply for your
license, they will be mailed to you as soon as the person who marries you returns the completed marriage certificate to the clerk’s office.
To request a certified copy of your marriage license by mail, you’ll need:
Send the request to:
Hanover County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
Attention: Marriage Licenses
P.O. Box 39
Hanover, VA 23069
You may obtain a certified copy of your marriage license in person at the circuit court clerk’s office on the second floor of the Circuit Courthouse at 7530 County Complex Road, Hanover, Va. We’re open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $2.50 per
certified copy. We accept cash, check or money order.
Marriage License Applicant