Marriage Licenses

315 Church Avenue, S.W.
Courthouse - 3rd Floor
Phone: 853-6702

A marriage license may be obtained from the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court in any city or county in Virginia. A license may be obtained in the City of Roanoke even if one or both parties do not reside in the city, except that a pregnant bride under 16 years of age must apply for a marriage license in the locality in which she resides. Once granted, a marriage license permits a marriage ceremony anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Both parties must appear in person to receive the license. The Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court in the City of Roanoke is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. Please arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. to ensure that there is enough time to properly process your application. Each party must furnish the required information under oath or affirmation, and falsifying any information on a marriage license could subject the parties to prosecution for perjury. You may be asked to furnish documentary proof of certain information on the application (such as age or termination of previous marriage). Please be sure to have your Social Security Number or Virginia DMV license number with you.

There is no waiting period in Virginia between being granted a divorce and remarrying or between applying for and being issued a marriage license. Once a marriage license has been issued, however, the marriage must be performed within 60 days or the license becomes void. After the marriage ceremony is performed, the officiant (person authorized to celebrate the rites of marriage) must return the Marriage Record and the Marriage Return to the clerk of circuit court's office within five days.

The Clerk of Circuit Court will charge a fee of $30 for issuing a marriage license. Twenty dollars of this fee is a state tax on marriage licenses and $10 is the statutory clerk's fee for issuing and recording the license. The $30 fee must be paid in cash. The officiant may charge up to $30 for each ceremony, plus standard mileage reimbursement.