Marriage Licenses

Requirements & Fees 

  • Both applicants must be 18 years of age unless emancipated by a court order (Virginia Code § 20-48)
  • Both applicants must appear and present valid government-issued photo identification, including foreign identification legible in English
  • Fee for a marriage license is $30 (payable by cash or credit card (PDF))
  • Loudoun County residency, proof of divorce, witnesses, or blood tests are not required to obtain a marriage license from the Loudoun County Clerk of Circuit Court

Marriage License

  • Parties are encouraged to complete and submit an Application Online prior to arriving at the courthouse; alternatively, the application can be completed upon arrival
  • Once the application is submitted, applicants should schedule In-Office Appointment or Virtual Appearance Appointment 
  • Marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date of issue and is to be used for a marriage ceremony in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Marriage license can’t be issued retroactively
  • A marriage license/certificate can’t be issued to document a marriage that had taken place outside the United States; legal marriages that take place overseas are recognized as legal and documentation supplied by a foreign agency will serve as proof of marriage
  • Unused/expired marriage licenses must be returned to the Clerk’s Office (Virginia Code § 20-21)

Marriage Ceremony

  • The couple is responsible for making arrangements for the ceremony and the marriage officiant 
  • The clerk's office does not have anyone on staff to perform marriage ceremonies
  • The clerk's office does not have a venue to hold ceremonies
  • List of Civil Celebrants (PDF) qualified by Loudoun County Circuit Court; the person performing the ceremony is permitted to charge fees (Virginia Code § 20-27) 
  • Officiant will retain both copies of the marriage license and shall file it with the Clerk of the Circuit Court within 5 days following the ceremony (Virginia Code §32.1-267 (C))
  • Celebrants are encouraged to review the Notice and Instructions for Celebrants (PDF) before performing a ceremony

Copies of the Marriage License/Certificate

Clerk’s Office issues certified and exemplified copies of the licenses issued by the Loudoun County Clerk of Circuit Court upon request, copies are not mailed out automatically.

  • Certified copy is used as legal proof of marriage within the United States; the fee is $2.50 each. To request:
  • Exemplified copy (aka "triple seal") is required for an Apostille or Great Seal that will be used as proof of marriage overseas; the fee is $5 each. To request:

Virginia Department of Health-Division of Vital Records issues copies of marriage records and renders Single Status Certificates; proceed to the agency's website for further information: 

Secretary of the Commonwealth prepares authenticated copies (Apostille or Great Seal); proceed to the agency's website for further information: 

You may be able to obtain a copy of a vital record by visiting your local Virginia DMV

Amendment of Marriage License

  • Appointment is preferred
  • Fee to amend a marriage license after the marriage has been performed is $10
  • Party amending the information shall present proof of the requested change, e.g. original document with certified translation, if applicable; please contact our division regarding specific documentation required for your specific circumstances
  • Customers requesting amendment to their marriage license should arrive no later than 3:30pm to allow sufficient time for processing
  • Once your record is amended with the issuing Clerk's office, your record will still need to be amended with the Vital Record; contact the office directly for further guidance. 

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