Marriage License

The Hanover Circuit Court Clerk's Office will be closed on December 24th through December 26th. Please call us at 804-365-6120 with any questions.

Marriage licenses are issued by Hanover County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the clerk’s office at 7507 Library Drive, Hanover, Virginia.  Try to arrive by 4:00 p.m.   

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.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to marry without the consent of a parent or guardian is 18 years of age. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must have the consent of a parent or guardian.  If you are younger than 16 years of age, are or have been pregnant and wish to marry, different rules apply.  Please contact the clerk’s office. VA Code Section 20-48, VA Code Section 20-49

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 7507 Library Drive, 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

  • Driver’s License or other proof of identification
  • $30 cash payment for the marriage license plus $2.50 for each certified copy that you order
  • Completed Marriage license applicant information forms. You can complete the forms at the clerk’s office if you prefer

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 Wedding?

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.  

Questions?

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. 

By Mail

To request a certified copy of your marriage license by mail, you’ll need: 

  • A letter that includes the full names of the persons who were married and the date of the marriage
  • A  self-addressed envelope
  • A check or money order payable to Circuit Court Clerk for $2.50 per certified copy

Send the request to:

Hanover County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
Attention: Marriage Licenses
P.O. Box 39
Hanover, VA 23069

In Person

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 7507 Library Drive, 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.