Virginia Outline

Virginia Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Virginia. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Virginia. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Virginia.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Not Generally
  • Minister Registration Required: Yes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 60 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: 5 Days

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Virginia

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Virginia

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage. Most Virginia county clerks will reject any marriage performed by a minister of the Universal Life Church.

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3 License to Marry in Virginia

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. As we've noted, Virginia is the one state in the U.S. that has shown a pattern of rejecting online ordinations from the Universal Life Church. You are welcome to select an item like the Ordination Package (we would also recommend adding a Letter of Good Standing) to attempt moving through the system, a course of action several ULC ministers choose to take. We'd ask you to keep us abreast of your progress if you do so, as well. Please know that we are actively exploring our options in the state to clarify the validity of Universal Life Church ordinations.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Virginia

If, by some miracle, you have managed to accomplish all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Virginia marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 60 days, but there is no mandatory waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license in Virginia and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 5 days after the ceremony has been conducted. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Virginia, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Virginia wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.


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Virginia Marriage Code

Marriage in Virginia is governed by Chapter 20 of Title 23 of the code of Virginia. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code
§ 20-23. Order authorizing ministers to perform ceremony.

When a minister of any religious denomination shall produce before the circuit court of any county or city in this Commonwealth, or before the judge of such court or before the clerk of such court at any time, proof of his ordination and of his being in regular communion with the religious society of which he is a reputed member, or proof that he is commissioned to pastoral ministry or holds a local minister's license and is serving as a regularly appointed pastor in his denomination, such court, or the judge thereof, or the clerk of such court at any time, may make an order authorizing such minister to celebrate the rites of matrimony in this Commonwealth. Any order made under this section may be rescinded at any time by the court or by the judge thereof.

View the Virginia Statutes on the official state site
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Accomack County

23316 Courthouse Avenue
P.O. Box 126
Accomac, Virginia
23301

Phone: (757) 787-5776
Fax: (757) 787-1849
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Albemarle County

501 East Jefferson Street

Charlottesville, Virginia
22902

Phone: (434) 972-4083
Fax: (434) 293-0298
Albemarle County website »

Alleghany County

266 West Main Street
P. O. Box 670
Covington, Virginia
24426

Phone: (540) 965-1730
Fax: (540) 965-1732
Alleghany County website »

Amelia County

P. O. Box 237
Amelia, Virginia
23002

Phone: (804) 561-2128
Fax: (804) 561-6364
Amelia County website »

Amherst County

113 Taylor Street
P. O. Box 462
Amherst, Virginia
24521

Phone: (434) 946-9321
Fax: (434) 946-9323
Amherst County website »

Appomattox County

297 Court Street
P. O. Box 672
Appomattox, Virginia
24522

Phone: (434) 352-5275
Fax: (434) 352-2781
Appomattox County website »

Arlington County

1425 North Courthouse Road

Arlington, Virginia
22201

Arlington County website »

Augusta County

1 East Johnson Street
P. O. Box 689
Staunton, Virginia
24402

Phone: (540) 245-5321
Fax: (540) 245-5318
Augusta County website »

Bath County

P. O. Box 180
Warm Springs, Virginia
24484

Phone: (540) 839-7226
Fax: (540) 839-7248
Bath County website »

Bedford County

123 East Main St.
Bedford, Virginia
24523

Phone: (540) 586-7632
Fax: (540) 586-6197
Bedford County website »

Bland County

612 Main Street
P.O. Box 295
Bland, Virginia
24315

Phone: (276) 688-4562
Fax: (276) 688-2438
Bland County website »

Botetourt County

Main Street
P. O. Box 219
Fincastle, Virginia
24090

Phone: (540) 473-8274
Fax: (540) 473-8209
Botetourt County website »

Brunswick County

216 North Main Street
Lawrenceville, Virginia
23868

Phone: (434) 848-2215
Fax: (434) 848-4307
Brunswick County website »

Buchanan County

P. O. Box 929
Grundy, Virginia
24614

Buchanan County website »

Buckingham County

13061 W. James Anderson Hwy.
P. O. Box 107
Buckingham, Virginia
23921

Phone: (434) 969-4734
Fax: (434) 969-2043
Buckingham County website »

Campbell County

732 Village Highway
P. O. Box 7
Rustburg, Virginia
24588

Campbell County website »

Caroline County

112 Courthouse Lane
P. O. Box 309
Bowling Green, Virginia
22427

Caroline County website »

Carroll County

605 Pine Street
P. O. Box 218
Hillsville, Virginia
24343

Phone: (276) 730-3070
Fax: (276) 730-3071
Carroll County website »

Charles City County

10780 Courthouse Road
P. O. Box 86
Charles City, Virginia
23030

Phone: (804) 652-2105
Fax: (804) 829-5647
Charles City County website »

Charlotte County

125 David Bruce Avenue
P. O. Box 38
Charlotte Cthse, Virginia
23923

Phone: (434) 542-5147
Fax: (434) 542-4336
Charlotte County website »

Chesterfield County

9500 Courthouse Road
P. O. Box 125
Chesterfield, Virginia
23832

Phone: (804) 748-1241
Fax: (804) 796-5625
Chesterfield County website »

Clarke County

102 N. Church Street
P. O. Box 189
Berryville, Virginia
22611

Phone: (540) 955-5116
Fax: (540) 955-0284
Clarke County website »

Craig County

303 Main Street
P. O. Box 185
New Castle, Virginia
24127

Phone: (540) 864-6141
Fax: (540) 864-7471
Craig County website »

Culpeper County

135 W. Cameron Street
Culpeper, Virginia
22701

Culpeper County website »

Cumberland County

1 Courthouse Circle
P. O. Box 8
Cumberland, Virginia
23040

Phone: (804) 492-4442
Fax: (804) 492-4876
Cumberland County website »

Dickenson County

293 Clintwood Main Street
P.O. Box 190
Clintwood, Virginia
24228

Phone: (276) 926-1616
Fax: (276) 926-6465
Dickenson County website »

Dinwiddie County

P. O. Box 63
Dinwiddie, Virginia
23841

Dinwiddie County website »

Essex County

305 Prince Street
P. O. Box 445
Tappahannock, Virginia
22560

Phone: (804) 443-3541
Fax: (804) 445-1216
Essex County website »

Fairfax County

4110 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, Virginia
22030

Phone: (703) 246-4111
Fax: (703) 273-6564
Fairfax County website »

Fauquier County

29 Ashby Street
Warrenton, Virginia
20186

Fauquier County website »

Floyd County

100 East Main St.
Floyd, Virginia
24091

Phone: (540) 745-9330
Fax: (540) 745-9303
Floyd County website »

Fluvanna County

72 Main Street
P. O. Box 550
Palmyra, Virginia
22963

Phone: (434) 591-1970
Fax: (434) 591-1971
Fluvanna County website »

Franklin County

275 South Main Street
P.O. Box 567
Rocky Mount, Virginia
24151

Phone: (540) 483-3065
Fax: (540) 483-3042
Franklin County website »

Frederick County

5 North Kent Street
Winchester, Virginia
22601

Frederick County website »

Giles County

501 Wenonah Avenue
P. O. Box 502
Pearisburg, Virginia
24134

Phone: (540) 921-1722
Fax: (540) 921-3825
Giles County website »

Gloucester County

7400 Justice Drive
Gloucester, Virginia
23061

Phone: (804) 693-2502
Fax: (804) 693-2186
Gloucester County website »

Goochland County

2938 River Road West
P. O. Box 196
Goochland, Virginia
23063

Goochland County website »

Grayson County

129 Davis Street
P. O. Box 130
Independence, Virginia
24348

Phone: (276) 773-2231
Fax: (276) 773-3338
Grayson County website »

Greene County

P. O. Box 386
Stanardsville, Virginia
22973

Phone: (434) 985-5208
Fax: (434) 985-6723
Greene County website »

Greensville County

337 South Main Street
P. O. Box 631
Emporia, Virginia
23847

Phone: (434) 348-4215
Fax: (434) 348-4020
Greensville County website »

Halifax County

Main Street
P. O. Box 729
Halifax, Virginia
24558

Phone: (434) 476-6211
Fax: (434) 476-2890
Halifax County website »

Hanover County

7507 Library Drive
P. O. Box 39
Hanover, Virginia
23069

Phone: (804) 365-6150
Fax: (804) 365-6278
Hanover County website »

Henrico County

4301 East Parham Road
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, Virginia
23273

Henrico County website »

Henry County

3160 Kings Mountain Rd.
Martinsville, Virginia
24112

Henry County website »

Highland County

P. O. Box 190
Monterey, Virginia
24465

Phone: (540) 468-2447
Fax: (540) 468-3447
Highland County website »

Isle of Wight County

17122 Monument Circle
Isle of Wight, Virginia
23397

Isle of Wight County website »

James City County

5201 Monticello Avenue
Williamsburg, Virginia
23188

Phone: (757) 564-2242
Fax: (757) 564-2329
James City County website »

King and Queen County

P. O. Box 67
King And Queen, Virginia
23085

Phone: (804) 785-5984
Fax: (804) 785-5698
King and Queen County website »

King George County

9483 Kings Highway
King George, Virginia
22485

King George County website »

King William County

351 Courthouse Lane
P. O. Box 216
King William, Virginia
23086

Phone: (804) 769-4936
Fax: (804) 769-4991
King William County website »

Lancaster County

8311 Mary Ball Road
P.O. Box 99
Lancaster, Virginia
22503

Phone: (804) 462-5611
Fax: (804) 462-9978
Lancaster County website »

Lee County

Main Street
P. O. Box 326
Jonesville, Virginia
24263

Phone: (276) 346-7763
Fax: (276) 346-3440
Lee County website »

Loudoun County

18 E. Market St.
P. O. Box 550
Leesburg, Virginia
20178

Phone: (703) 777-0270
Fax: (703) 777-0376
Loudoun County website »

Louisa County

100 W. Main Street
P.O. Box 37
Louisa, Virginia
23093

Phone: (540) 967-5312
Fax: (540) 967-2705
Louisa County website »

Lunenburg County

11435 Courthouse Road
Lunenburg, Virginia
23952

Phone: (434) 696-2132
Fax: (434) 696-3931
Lunenburg County website »

Madison County

538 South Main Street
P. O. Box 220
Madison, Virginia
22727

Phone: (540) 948-6888
Fax: (540) 948-3759
Madison County website »

Mathews County

10622 Buckley Hall Road
P. O. Box 463
Mathews, Virginia
23109

Mathews County website »

Mecklenburg County

1294 Jefferson Street
P. O. Box 530
Boydton, Virginia
23917

Phone: (434) 738-6191 Ext. 4222
Fax: (434) 738-6861
Mecklenburg County website »

Middlesex County

Routes 17 & 33
P O Box 158
Saluda, Virginia
23149

Phone: (804) 758-5317
Fax: (804) 758-8637
Middlesex County website »

Montgomery County

1 E. Main Street
P. O. Box 6309
Christiansburg, Virginia
24068

Phone: (540) 382-5760
Fax: (540) 382-6937
Montgomery County website »

Nelson County

84 Courthouse Square
P. O. Box 10
Lovingston, Virginia
22949

Phone: (434) 263-7020
Fax: (434) 263-7027
Nelson County website »

New Kent County

12001 Courthouse Circle
P. O. Box 98
New Kent, Virginia
23124

Phone: (804) 966-9520
Fax: (804) 966-9528
New Kent County website »

Northampton County

5229 The Hornes
P.O. Box 36
Eastville, Virginia
23347

Phone: (757) 678-0465
Fax: (757) 678-5410
Northampton County website »

Northumberland County

39 Judicial Place
P. O. Box 217
Heathsville, Virginia
22473

Phone: (804) 580-3700
Fax: (804) 580-2261
Northumberland County website »

Nottoway County

328 West Courthouse Road
Nottoway, Virginia
23955

Phone: (434) 645-9043
Fax: (434) 645-2201
Nottoway County website »

Orange County

110 North Madison Road
P.O. Box 230
Orange, Virginia
22960

Phone: (540) 672-4030
Fax: (540) 672-2939
Orange County website »

Page County

116 South Court Street
Luray, Virginia
22835

Phone: (540) 743-4064
Fax: (540) 743-2338
Page County website »

Patrick County

Main Street
P. O. Box 148
Stuart, Virginia
24171

Phone: (276) 694-7213
Fax: (276) 694-6943
Patrick County website »

Pittsylvania County

3 N. Main Street
Drawer 31
Chatham, Virginia
24531

Phone: (434) 432-7887
Fax: (434) 432-7913
Pittsylvania County website »

Powhatan County

3880 Old Buckingham Road
P. O. Box 37
Powhatan, Virginia
23139

Phone: (804) 598-5660
Fax: (804) 598-5608
Powhatan County website »

Prince Edward County

North Main Street
P. O. Box 304
Farmville, Virginia
23901

Phone: (434) 392-5145
Fax: (434) 392-3913
Prince Edward County website »

Prince George County

6601 Courts Drive
P. O. Box 98
Prince George, Virginia
23875

Phone: (804) 733-2640
Fax: (804) 861-5721
Prince George County website »

Prince William County

9311 Lee Avenue
Manassas, Virginia
20110

Phone: (703) 792-6015
Fax: (703) 792-4721
Prince William County website »

Pulaski County

45 Third Street, NW
Pulaski, Virginia
24301

Phone: (540) 980-7825
Fax: (540) 980-7835
Pulaski County website »

Rappahannock County

238 Gay Street
P. O. Box 517
Washington, Virginia
22747

Phone: (540) 675-5350
Fax: (540) 675-5351
Rappahannock County website »

Richmond County

101 Court Circle
P. O. Box 1000
Warsaw, Virginia
22572

Phone: (804) 333-3781
Fax: (804) 333-5396
Richmond County website »

Roanoke County

305 E. Main Street
P. O. Box 1126
Salem, Virginia
24153

Phone: (540) 387-6205
Fax: (540) 387-6145
Roanoke County website »

Rockbridge County

20 South Randolph Street
Lexington, Virginia
24450

Phone: (540) 463-2232
Fax: (540) 463-3850
Rockbridge County website »

Rockingham County

Court Square
Harrisonburg, Virginia
22801

Phone: (540) 564-3111
Fax: (540) 564-3127
Rockingham County website »

Russell County

53 East Main Street
P. O. Box 435
Lebanon, Virginia
24266

Phone: (276) 889-8023
Fax: (276) 889-8003
Russell County website »

Scott County

202 West Jackson Street
Gate City, Virginia
24251

Phone: (276) 386-3801
Fax: (276) 386-2430
Scott County website »

Shenandoah County

112 South Main Street
P. O. Box 406
Woodstock, Virginia
22664

Phone: (540) 459-6150
Fax: (540) 459-6155
Shenandoah County website »

Smyth County

109 West Main Street
Marion, Virginia
24354

Phone: (276) 782-4044
Fax: (276) 782-4045
Smyth County website »

Southampton County

22350 Main Street
P. O. Box 190
Courtland, Virginia
23837

Southampton County website »

Spotsylvania County

9115 Courthouse Road
P. O. Box 96
Spotsylvania, Virginia
22553

Phone: (540) 507-7600
Fax: (540) 582-2169
Spotsylvania County website »

Stafford County

1300 Courthouse Road
P. O. Box 69
Stafford, Virginia
22555

Stafford County website »

Surry County

28 Colonial Trail, East
Surry, Virginia
23883

Phone: (757) 294-3161
Fax: (757) 294-0471
Surry County website »

Sussex County

15088 Courthouse Road
P. O. Box 1337
Sussex, Virginia
23884

Phone: (434) 246-1012
Fax: (434) 246-2203
Sussex County website »

Tazewell County

101 East Main Street
Tazewell, Virginia
24651

Phone: (276) 988-1222
Fax: (276) 988-7501
Tazewell County website »

Warren County

1 East Main Street
Front Royal, Virginia
22630

Phone: (540) 635-2435
Fax: (540) 636-3274
Warren County website »

Washington County

East Main Street
P.O. Box 289
Abingdon, Virginia
24212

Phone: (276) 676-6224
Fax: (276) 676-6218
Washington County website »

Westmoreland County

P. O. Box 307
Montross, Virginia
22520

Phone: (804) 493-0108
Fax: (804) 493-0393
Westmoreland County website »

Wise County

206 East Main Street
P. O. Box 1248
Wise, Virginia
24293

Phone: (276) 328-6111
Fax: (276) 328-0039
Wise County website »

Wythe County

225 S. Fourth Street
Wytheville, Virginia
24382

Phone: (276) 223-6050
Fax: (276) 223-6057
Wythe County website »

York County

300 Ballard Street
P. O. Box 371
Yorktown, Virginia
23690

Phone: (757) 890-3350
Fax: (757) 890-3364
York County website »