Couples are often unaware of the complex steps to a legal marriage in Virginia. I’m here to provide you with clear, simple to follow instructions.
- Schedule an appointment with me. I recommend giving yourself at least thirty (30) days, as you will need time to get a license from the court
- Get a license from the courthouse. It can be any courthouse in Virginia. You do not have to choose the court house near your wedding or elopement location. The easiest choice is the court closest to your home. Henrico, Richmond and Chesterfield are all easy options.
- Some courts let you make an appointment. Others you can simply walk in. I suggest calling the court in advance. There may be info on their websites, but verifying verbally is the best thing to do, as government websites are not always updated with the latest information
- Both partners need to be present when you go to apply for your license at the courthouse. Make sure to bring a valid state ID with you
- You will receive two envelopes: one large manila and one smaller white envelope inside. I will take the smaller, white envelope which has the two copies of your license
- Have your ceremony. Make sure you bring your license from the court with you, as I cannot legally officiate your ceremony without it. There is nothing you need to do with the license other than bring it with you (nothing to sign and no witnesses needed)
- I will take your license from you and file it on your behalf. You will receive a copy in the mail after two weeks. If you do not receive it, call the Clerk of Court at the courthouse you chose and they will resend you your copy.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.