Marriage License Information
City of Williamsburg and County of James City Circuit Court
Marriage licenses are issued by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, located in the Courthouse, First Floor, 5201 Monticello Avenue, Suite 6, Williamsburg. The fee is $30.00 CASH. Both parties must appear before the Clerk to obtain a license and must be 18 years of age or older (proof of age required with either a valid drivers license with picture, passport or military identification), or if between 16 and 18, a parent must appear with identification. The court will provide a special affidavit for the parents' signature. If one parent has legal custody, we will need a certified copy of the court order and a certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate that includes both parents’ names.
There are no residency requirements to obtain a marriage license in Virginia. A couple may go to any Circuit Court in Virginia to obtain this license. Once the license is issued, there is no waiting period and no blood test is required. The marriage license is valid for 60 calendar days and the marriage must take place in Virginia.
Marriages are not performed by the Clerk's office; however, a list of local civil marriage commissioners is available at the Circuit Court. Out-of-state ministers must be authorized by the Circuit Court to perform marriage ceremonies in Virginia. To obtain a certified copy of a marriage license, the license must have been issued by the Williamsburg/James City County Circuit Court. The certified copy can be obtained either in person or by mail. To obtain a copy in person go to the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office located on the first floor of the Courthouse. The fee for a certified copy of a marriage license is $3.00 per copy and will be made while you wait. The court does not accept personal checks for payment. Payment is by cash, cashiers check or money order payable to "Clerk of the Circuit Court".
Marriage licenses issued between July 1, 1997, and June 30, 2001, have not been configured to prevent disclosure of the social security number or control number and shall not be available for general public inspection in the offices of clerks of the circuit courts. In accordance with §32.1-268 Section F, either the Bride or Groom may obtain copies of their marriage license in person by appearing in the offices of the circuit courts with valid photo id. (i.e. Drivers license, Passport, Military ID) If an individual other then the applicants wishes to obtain a copy of a license issued during this time span they shall only obtain copies (i) upon the order of the circuit court within which such application was made or register is maintained, (ii) pursuant to a lawful subpoena duces tecum issued to the clerk, (iii) upon the written and notarized authorization of either of the applicants, or (iv) upon the request of a law-enforcement officer or duly authorized representative of the Division of Child Support Enforcement in the course of performing his official duties.
In order to obtain a copy by mail, the customer must prepare a written request providing the date of the marriage, the name of the groom and maiden name of the bride. (Marriage Licenses issued between the July 1, 1997, and July 30, 2001, shall abide by the stipulations stated in the paragraph above.) A self-addressed, stamped envelope must be enclosed. The fee for a certified copy of a marriage license is $3.00 per copy. The court does not accept personal checks for payment. The method of payment can be cashiers' check or money order. The copy will be mailed within two weeks from receipt of the request. Mail the request to Williamsburg/James City County Clerk’s Office, Attention: Marriage License Copies, 5201 Monticello Avenue, Suite 6, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
If the marriage occurred in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but you are unsure what circuit court issued the marriage license, you can request a copy of your marriage license by contacting the Division of Vital Records in Richmond. Their address is Division of Vital Records, Post Office Box 1000, Richmond, VA 23219-1000. To request a copy of your marriage license you must complete an Application for Certification of a Vital Record (form VS6). This form may be accessed through the Internet at www.vdh.virginia.gov/Vital_Records/.
You must include a copy of your picture identification or 2 secondary forms of identification and a fee of $12.00 payable to the State Health Department. The telephone number is 804-662-6200 and their Web address is www.vdh.state.va.us.
Complete the Social Security Administration Form SS-5 (www.ssa.gov) and either mail or take it to your nearest Social Security Office. Include a certified copy of your marriage license to have your name changed. There is no fee for filing Form SS-5. You should receive your new card within four weeks. Your number will not change. For more information about changing your social security record, contact the Social Security Administration Website.
Take your driver's license, social security card and a certified copy of your marriage license to the Department of Motor Vehicles Office. There is a $5.00 fee for a new driver's license. For more information about correcting your DMV records, contact the Division of Motor Vehicles Website at www.dmvnow.com.
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