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, Hanover County’s circuit
court 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 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.
Section 20-48, VA Code
Both the bride and groom 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 license applications at the clerk’s office, try to arrive by 4
If one person cannot appear in person due to military service
or incarceration, please contact the clerk’s office to discuss the matter.
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
in Virginia,” which is published by the Virginia State Bar.
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 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
Bride Marriage Form
Groom Marriage Form