Civil Celebrant Appointment (Marriage Officiants)
- Non-Virginia residents who are not clergy cannot legally perform a wedding in Virginia.
- You must be a resident of Loudoun County in order to be a One-Time Ceremony Civil Celebrant authorized to perform a wedding in Virginia.
- Virginia residents who do not reside in Loudoun County will need to apply in the county in which they reside.
- Submit the following:
- Once the order has been approved, the petitioner must make an appointment to post the $500 bond, prior to performing the marriage ceremony. The appointment will be scheduled between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Payment should be either check or money order.
Permanent Civil Celebrant Appointment
- You must be a resident of Loudoun County in order to be appointed as a permanent Civil Celebrant authorized to perform a wedding in Virginia.
- Submit a letter to the Clerk setting forth your interest in being appointed as a permanent Civil Celebrant. Provide your email address and daytime phone number.
- The letter will be provided to and reviewed by the Clerk of Circuit Court. The Clerk will contact the individual to provide information about the process.
Out-of-State Minister Petition
- We encourage you to petition in the county in which the marriage is taking place.
- The Loudoun County Circuit Court Judges do not recognize any online ordinations, for example The Universal Life Church, per the Attorney General opinion examined in Cramer v Commonwealth (PDF).
- Submit the following:
Authorization for Local Clergy Members
- We encourage you to apply in the county in which your house of worship or religious body is located.
- Authorizations are done by appointment only.
- $26 filing fee
- Email or fax (703-777-0530) the following to the Civil Division:
- A copy of your license, certificate of ordination, or documentation appointing you to your clerical position.
- Current proof of your position within your religious organization, from someone in a position of authority within the organization other than yourself, on the organization’s letterhead.
- Your name and contact information
- Once we receive the information and review it, we will contact you to schedule the appointment.
Please note: Court personnel are prohibited by law from giving legal advice. If you need assistance or advice, please see our Legal Aid and Links page.