Marriage License Information
To Obtain a Marriage License
To obtain a marriage license at our Clerk’s office, you will need the following:
- Both parties need to be present at the same time. See Who May Marry in Virginia below for age requirement and prohibited marriages in Virginia. If both parties cannot be present, please see Marriage Affidavit Process to request an affidavit.
- Both parties must have a valid, non-expired government issued photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport, or DMV issued ID card. We will not accept photos of the ID.
- $30 fee payable by cash, check, money order or credit card. All credit card transactions will include a 4% surcharge.
- There are no residency requirements and couples may purchase their marriage license at any circuit court in Virginia.
- The marriage ceremony must be performed in Virginia within 60 days after the license is issued. The day the license is issued counts as Day 1 as there is no waiting period required between application and issuance of the license and a couple may be married immediately after the issuance of a license.
- No blood test is required.
- For divorced persons, there is no statutory waiting period before marriage after the divorce is granted. A copy of divorce decree is not required.
Use the link below to complete the information for the application prior to coming to the office. After submitting the information for both parties, you will need to come to our office to take the oath and receive the license.
As of July 1, 2016, pursuant to Virginia Code §20-48, the minimum age to get married is 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.
The following categories of marriages are illegal in Virginia:
- A marriage entered into prior to the dissolution of an earlier marriage of one of the parties
- A marriage between an ancestor and descendant; or between a brother and a sister; or between an uncle and a niece; or between an aunt and a nephew; whether the relationship is by the half or whole blood or by adoption
- When either party lacks the mental or physical capacity to consent to the marriage
- Common law marriages are not valid if entered into in Virginia or any other jurisdiction which does not permit them for its residents
You can find authorized celebrants under Civil Celebrants List below. If you want to get married at the courthouse or do not have an officiant, you can contact one of them directly to perform the ceremony. An officiant who is authorized by a circuit court in Virginia must perform the ceremony and complete the certificate at the bottom of the license. VIRGINIA DOES NOT RECOGNIZE ONLINE ORDINATIONS.
One-Time Civil Celebrant
If you have an individual that you want to perform the ceremony and they are not currently authorized by a Virginia circuit court to perform ceremonies, the individual will need to contact a circuit court within their judicial circuit to petition to become a one-time civil celebrant.
If the individual does not live in Virginia and may be authorized under § 20-23 as a minister, please contact our Civil Division at 540-564-3113 or 540-564-3114 for more information on how to be authorized in Virginia. If an out-of-state individual does not qualify under that code section or an in-state individual does not meet the requirements to become a civil celebrant, they will not be able to perform the ceremony as AGAIN, VIRGINIA DOES NOT RECOGNIZE ONLINE ORDINATIONS.
How to Request a Certified Copy Online
- Go to www.rockinghamcountyva.gov/sra
- Accept the disclaimer. Click on Document Search - Web. Scrool to the bottom of the page to click on Marriage Search and Certified Copy Request.
- Enter one of the names as it was on the application in Either Party Name field then click on Search.
- If there is a date under Marriage Date, you can request a copy by clicking on the shopping cart + button that appears on the far right when the cursor is on the record or you can view the record and click on the +Purchase button on the right side of the screen. If there is not a marriage date shown or no shopping cart icon, the license has not been returned yet. Check again later.
- The purchase window will appear, enter the # of copies that you need and click on Proceed to Checkout.
- Enter Customer Information and Shipping Information and click on Place Your Order to proceed to the payment screen. Enter your credit card information to complete the process.
- Requests received before 4:00 PM on a business day will be processed and mailed on the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM, on weekends or holidays will be processed and mailed on the next business day.
The first step in changing your name after getting married is to get a certified copy of the license from the Clerk’s Office that issued it. See How to Request a Certified Copy Online above for instructions for our office. Certified copies are $2.50 ($2.60 if a credit card is used for payment) and are available when the license is returned to our office by the officiant. After getting a certified copy, you will need to notify the following to change your name:
- Social Security - Complete Social Security Administration Form SS-5 and either mail it or take it to your nearest Social Security office. Include a certified copy of your marriage record. There is no fee for filing Form SS-5. You should receive your new Social Security card within four weeks, and your Social Security number will not change.
- Driver's License - Bring your driver's license, Social Security card, and a certified copy of your marriage record the Department of Motor Vehicles office nearest you.
- Passport - See the U.S. Department of State website for information on how to change the name on your passport.
- Voter Registration - Notify your local registrar's office of your name change.
- Personal Property - Notify your local Commissioner of the Revenue's Office of your name change within 30 days.
- Address Changes - If you will also be changing your address, do not forget to notify the Registrar's Office, Commissioner of the Revenue's Office, the U.S. Postal Service and the Internal Revenue Service with IRS Form 8822.
Pursuant to § 20-16.1, the clerk (i) may, on his own authority, correct marriage records established in his office by amending the same upon application under oath and submission of evidence deemed by the clerk to be adequate and sufficient and (ii) shall correct such records upon order of the court in which the marriage record was established.
The fee to amend a license is $10. A 4% surcharge applies if paid by credit card. Once presented with evidence that the clerk's office deems adequate and sufficient to show that information was incorrect at the time the license was issued, parties will need to sign an affidavit under oath to the amended information. Certified copies can be requested for the amended license at the same time, if needed.