Virginia Wedding Laws

How to Officiate a Wedding in Virginia

Virginia state law makes it difficult for a minister who is ordained online to officiate weddings. It is very common that Virginia’s county office will not accept the ordination of a Universal Life Church Monastery minister.

How to Become an Ordained Minister in Virginia

In Virginia, any judge or retired judge is able to solemnize a marriage. In addition, a minister of any religious denomination can be afforded the right to solemnize a marriage, provided that they present a judge or clerk with proof of ordination or a minister’s license. Anybody can become ordained online by the Universal Life Church Monastery. However the language of the law in Virginia’s code makes it difficult for a ULC Monastery minister to satisfy the requirements of Virginia’s courts and county officials.

How to Perform a Wedding Ceremony in Virginia

Virginia does not make any specifications on how the actual marriage ceremony must be performed, only emphasizing that if the ceremony is not performed by an authorized individual the involved parties could be punished and the marriage could be nullified. Before attempting to solemnize any wedding, a minister should be in contact with an appropriate county official. Any Universal Life Church Monastery minister seeking additional guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony might find it helpful to turn to this handy collection of ceremony ideas for additional guidance.

Marriage Paperwork Required in Virginia

Virginia couples looking to get married can apply for and acquire a license from a clerk or deputy clerk in their county’s office. This license is valid for 60 days. A minister hoping to ordain a wedding must be licensed with the state of Virginia – officiating the wedding of a couple with proper authority can result in legal action.

Virginia Marriage Laws

 

The state of Virginia currently requests that you visit your County Clerk's office in person to inquire about becoming registered as a wedding officiant.

You will find a list of County Clerk's offices below. Please visit their websites for directions and hours.

? 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 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. (Code 1919, ?? 5079, 5080; 1962, c. 362; 1980, c. 154; 1981, c. 295.)

Gay Marriage and Same Sex Wedding Laws:

This state currently bans same-sex marriage by Constitutional Amendment and State Law.

The Monastery Ordination Credential

To perform a marriage in Virginia you need to be ordained and may be required to provide proof of ordination such as an ordination credential, wallet credential, or a letter of good standing from the church.

ULC The Monastery's foreign corporation state filings

Read the full Law on the official site »

Virginia Wedding Laws by County

Accomack County

23316 Courthouse Avenue
P.O. Box 126
Accomac, Virginia
23301,
 
Phone: (757) 787-5776
Fax: (757) 787-1849
E-mail: SHCooper@courts.state.va.us
Accomack County website »

Albemarle County

501 East Jefferson Street

Charlottesville, Virginia
22902,

Phone: (434) 972-4083
alternate phone: (434) 972-4085
Fmx: (434) 293-0298
Albemarle County website »

Alleghany County

266 West Main Street
P. O. Box 670
Covington, Virginia
24426,
 
Phone: (540) 965-1730
alternate phone: (540) 965-1738
Fax: (540) 965-1732
E-mail: dbyer@courts.state.va.us
Alleghany County website »

Amelia County

P. O. Box 237
Amelia, Virginia
23002,
 
Phone: (804) 561-2128
Fax: (804) 561-6364
E-mail: MWilson@courts.state.va.us
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
Suite B
Appomattox, Virginia
24522,

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

Arlington County

1425 North Courthouse Road

Arlington, Virginia
22201,

Phone: (703) 228-7010
E-mail: circuitcourt@arlingtonva.us
Arlington County website »

Augusta County

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

Phone: (540) 245-5321
Fax: (540) 245-5318
E-mail: jbdavis@courts.state.va.us
Augusta County website »

Bath County

P. O. Box 180
Warm Springs, Virginia
24484,
 
Phone: (540) 839-7226
Fmx: (540) 839-7248
E-mail: wwinebriner@courts.state.va.us
Bath County website »

Bedford County

123 East Main St.
Suite 201
Bedford, Virginia
24523,
 
Phone: (540) 586-7632
Fax: (540) 586-6197
E-mail: chogan@courts.state.va.us
Bedford County website »

Bland County

612 Main Street
P.O. Box 295
Suite 104
Bland, Virginia
24315,
 
Phone: (276) 688-4562
Fmx: (276) 688-2438
E-mail: rijohnson@courts.state.va.us
Bland County website »

Botetourt County

Main Street
P. O. Box 219
Fincastle, Virginia
24090,
 
Phone: (540) 473-8274
Fmx: (540) 473-8209
Botetourt County website »

Brunswick County

216 North Main Street
Lawrenceville, Virginia
23868,
 
Phone: (434) 848-2215
Fmx: (434) 848-4307
E-mail: vesjr@telpage.net
Brunswick County website »

Buchanan County

P. O. Box 929
Grundy, Virginia
24614,
Phone: (276) 935-6567
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,
 
Phone: (434) 592-9517
Campbell County website »

Caroline County

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

Phone: (804) 633-5800
Caroline County website »

Carroll County

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

Phone: (276) 730-3070
Fax: (276) 730-3071
E-mail: CHoneycutt@courts.state.va.us
Carroll County website »

Charles City County

10780 Courthouse Road
P. O. Box 86
Charles City, Virginia
23030,
 
Phone: (804) 652-2105
alternate phone: (804) 652-2107
Fax: (804) 829-5647
E-mail: ekholmes@courts.state.va.us
Charles City County website »

Charlotte County

125 David Bruce Avenue
P. O. Box 38
Charlotte Cthse, Virginia
23923,
 
Phone: (434) 542-5147
Fmx: (434) 542-4336
E-mail: SFallen@courts.state.va.us
Charlotte County website »

Chesterfield County

9500 Courthouse Road
P. O. Box 125
Chesterfield, Virginia
23832,
Phone: (804) 748-1241
Fax: (804) 796-5625
E-mail: circuitcourtclerk@chesterfield.gov
Chesterfield County website »

Clarke County

102 N. Church Street
P. O. Box 189
Berryville, Virginia
22611,
 
Phone: (540) 955-5116
Fax: (540) 955-0284
E-mail: hbutts@courts.state.va.us
Clarke County website »

Craig County

303 Main Street
P. O. Box 185
New Castle, Virginia
24127,
Phone: (540) 864-6141
Fmx: (540) 864-7471
E-mail: SBraden@courts.state.va.us
Craig County website »

Culpeper County

135 W. Cameron Street
Culpeper, Virginia
22701,
 
Phone: (540) 727-3438
E-mail: jcorbin@courts.state.va.us
Culpeper County website »

Cumberland County

1 Courthouse Circle
P. O. Box 8
Cumberland, Virginia
23040,
 
Phone: (804) 492-4442
Fax: (804) 492-4876
E-mail: COwnby@courts.state.va.us
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,
Phone: (804) 469-4540
E-mail: bchappell@courts.state.va.us
Dinwiddie County website »

Essex County

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

Phone: (804) 443-3541
alternate phone: (804) 443-4381
Fax: (804) 445-1216
E-mail: gashworth@courts.state.va.us
Essex County website »

Fairfax County

4110 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, Virginia
22030,

Phone: (703) 246-4111
alternate phone: (703) 691-7320
Fax: (703) 273-6564
Fairfax County website »

Fauquier County

29 Ashby Street
Warrenton, Virginia
20186,

Phone: (540) 347-8610
E-mail: clerk@fauquiercounty.gov
Fauquier County website »

Floyd County

100 East Main St.
Room 200
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
Fmx: (434) 591-1971
E-mail: BPeterson@courts.state.va.us
Fluvanna County website »

Franklin County

275 South Main Street
P.O. Box 567
Suite 212
Rocky Mount, Virginia
24151,

Phone: (540) 483-3065
Fax: (540) 483-3042
E-mail: tjbrown@courts.state.va.us
Franklin County website »

Frederick County

5 North Kent Street
Winchester, Virginia
22601,

Phone: (540) 667-5770
E-mail: rhogan@courts.state.va.us
Frederick County website »

Giles County

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

Phone: (540) 921-1722
Fmx: (540) 921-3825
E-mail: cfraley@courts.state.va.us
Giles County website »

Gloucester County

7400 Justice Drive
Room 327
Gloucester, Virginia
23061,
 
Phone: (804) 693-2502
Fmx: (804) 693-2186
E-mail: mwalker@courts.state.va.us
Gloucester County website »

Goochland County

2938 River Road West
P. O. Box 196
Goochland, Virginia
23063,
 
Phone: (804) 556-5353
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
Fmx: (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
E-mail: FHargrove@courts.state.va.us
Hanover County website »

Henrico County

4301 East Parham Road
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, Virginia
23273,
Phone: (804) 501-4202
Henrico County website »

Henry County

3160 Kings Mountain Rd.
Suite B
Martinsville, Virginia
24112,
 
Phone: (276) 634-4880
Henry County website »

Highland County

P. O. Box 190
Monterey, Virginia
24465,
 
Phone: (540) 468-2447
Fmx: (540) 468-3447
E-mail: lralston@courts.state.va.us
Highland County website »

Isle of Wight County

17122 Monument Circle
Isle of Wight, Virginia
23397,

Phone: (757) 365-6233

James City County

5201 Monticello Avenue
Suite Six
Williamsburg, Virginia
23188,

Phone: (757) 564-2242
alternate phone: (757) 564-2300
Fmx: (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
E-mail: DLongest@courts.state.va.us
King and Queen County website »

King George County

9483 Kings Highway
Suite 3
King George, Virginia
22485,
 
Phone: (540) 775-3322
E-mail: CMason@courts.state.va.us
King George County website »

King William County

351 Courthouse Lane
P. O. Box 216
King William, Virginia
23086,
Phone: (804) 769-4936
alternate phone: (804) 769-4937
Fmx: (804) 769-4991
E-mail: pnorman@courts.state.va.us
King William County website »

Lancaster County

8311 Mary Ball Road
P.O. Box 99
Lancaster, Virginia
22503,
Phone: (804) 462-5611
Fmx: (804) 462-9978
Lancaster County website »

Lee County

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

Phone: (276) 346-7763
Fmx: (276) 346-3440
E-mail: banderson@courts.state.va.us
Lee County website »

Loudoun County

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

Phone: (703) 777-0270
alternate phone: (703) 777-0464
Fmx: (703) 777-0376
Loudoun County website »

Louisa County

100 W. Main Street
P.O. Box 37
Louisa, Virginia
23093,
 
Phone: (540) 967-5312
Fmx: (540) 967-2705
E-mail: SHopkins@courts.state.va.us
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
Fmx: (540) 948-3759
E-mail: lparrish@courts.state.va.us
Madison County website »

Mathews County

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

Phone: (804) 725-2550
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
E-mail: EColeman@courts.state.va.us
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
Suite B-5
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
Fmx: (804) 966-9528
New Kent County website »

Northampton County

5229 The Hornes
P.O. Box 36
Eastville, Virginia
23347,
Phone: (757) 678-0465
Fmx: (757) 678-5410
E-mail: tljohnson@courts.state.va.us
Northampton County website »

Northumberland County

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

Phone: (804) 580-3700
Fax: (804) 580-2261
E-mail: lbooth@courts.state.va.us
Northumberland County website »

Nottoway County

328 West Courthouse Road
Nottoway, Virginia
23955,
 
Phone: (434) 645-9043
Fax: (434) 645-2201
E-mail: jlbrown@courts.state.va.us
Nottoway County website »

Orange County

110 North Madison Road
P.O. Box 230
Suite 300
Orange, Virginia
22960,
Phone: (540) 672-4030
Fmx: (540) 672-2939
Orange County website »

Page County

116 South Court Street
Suite A
Luray, Virginia
22835,
 
Phone: (540) 743-4064
alternate phone: (540) 743-6902
Fax: (540) 743-2338
E-mail: clerkwilson@hotmail.com
Page County website »

Patrick County

Main Street
P. O. Box 148
Stuart, Virginia
24171,
 
Phone: (276) 694-7213
alternate phone: (276) 694-3775
Fmx: (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
E-mail: HfHaymore@courts.state.va.us
Pittsylvania County website »

Powhatan County

3880 Old Buckingham Road
P. O. Box 37
Suite C
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
alternate phone: (434) 392-5171
Fmx: (434) 392-3913
E-mail: meppes@courts.state.va.us
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
E-mail: mmcquigg@pwcgov.org
Prince William County website »

Pulaski County

45 Third Street, NW
Suite 101
Pulaski, Virginia
24301,
Phone: (540) 980-7825
Fmx: (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
E-mail: rforrester@courts.state.va.us
Richmond County website »

Roanoke County

305 E. Main Street
P. O. Box 1126
Salem, Virginia
24153,
Phone: (540) 387-6205
Fmx: (540) 387-6145
E-mail: smcgraw@roanokecountyva.gov
Roanoke County website »

Rockbridge County

20 South Randolph Street
Suite 101
Lexington, Virginia
24450,
 
Phone: (540) 463-2232
Fax: (540) 463-3850
E-mail: dBPatterson@courts.state.va.us
Rockbridge County website »

Rockingham County

Court Square
Harrisonburg, Virginia
22801,

Phone: (540) 564-3111
Fax: (540) 564-3127
E-mail: clerkchaz@rockinghamcountyva.gov
Rockingham County website »

Russell County

53 East Main Street
P. O. Box 435
Lebanon, Virginia
24266,
Phone: (276) 889-8023
Fmx: (276) 889-8003
Russell County website »

Scott County

202 West Jackson Street
Suite 102
Gate City, Virginia
24251,

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

Shenandoah County

112 South Main Street
P. O. Box 406
Woodstock, Virginia
22664,
 
Phone: (540) 459-6150
Fmx: (540) 459-6155
Shenandoah County website »

Smyth County

109 West Main Street
Room 144
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,

Phone: (757) 653-2200
E-mail: rfrancis@courts.state.va.us
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,
 
Phone: (540) 658-8750
E-mail: BDecatur@courts.state.va.us
Stafford County website »

Surry County

28 Colonial Trail, East
Surry, Virginia
23883,
Phone: (757) 294-3161
Fax: (757) 294-0471
E-mail: gclayton@courts.state.va.us
Surry County website »

Sussex County

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

Phone: (434) 246-1012
alternate phone: (434) 246-5511 Ext. 1012
Fmx: (434) 246-2203
Sussex County website »

Tazewell County

101 East Main Street
Suite 202
Tazewell, Virginia
24651,
Phone: (276) 988-1222
Fmx: (276) 988-7501
E-mail: bblevins@courts.state.va.us
Tazewell County website »

Warren County

1 East Main Street
Front Royal, Virginia
22630,
Phone: (540) 635-2435
Fmx: (540) 636-3274
E-mail: jsims@courts.state.va.us
Warren County website »

Washington County

East Main Street
P.O. Box 289
Abingdon, Virginia
24212,
 
Phone: (276) 676-6224
alternate phone: (276) 676-6226
Fmx: (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
Fmx: (276) 328-0039
E-mail: jack@jackkennedy.net
Wise County website »

Wythe County

225 S. Fourth Street
Room 105
Wytheville, Virginia
24382,
Phone: (276) 223-6050
Fax: (276) 223-6057
E-mail: HHorney@courts.state.va.us
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 »