licenses are issued by Hanover County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office from 8:00
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the clerk’s office at 7507 Library
Drive, Hanover, Virginia. Try to arrive by 4:00 p.m.
Virginia, you can be married by a qualified minister, judge or civil marriage
celebrant who has been authorized by the court to perform weddings. To make
finding an officiant easier, the clerk’s office maintains a list of court
authorized civil marriage celebrants. VA
Code Section 20-27 governs what civil marriage celebrants may charge for
performing a wedding.
you receive your license, you may marry immediately anywhere in Virginia. If
you choose to wait, it’s important to remember that the marriage must take
place within 60 days of obtaining your marriage license.
minimum age to marry without the consent of a parent or guardian is 18 years of
age. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must have the consent of a parent or
guardian. If you are younger than 16 years of age, are or have been
pregnant and wish to marry, different rules apply. Please contact the
clerk’s office. VA
Code Section 20-48, VA
Code Section 20-49
How to Apply
persons who are to be married must appear in person at the circuit court
clerk’s office on the second floor of the Circuit Courthouse at 7507 Library
Drive, Hanover, Va. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you plan to
fill out the marriage license applicant information forms at the clerk’s
office, try to arrive by 4 p.m.
Things to Bring With You
What if I am Unable to Apply in Person for
the Marriage License?
one person cannot appear in person due to military service or incarceration,
please contact the clerk’s office to discuss the matter.
What if I Want Someone Other Than a Minister,
Judge or Civil Marriage Celebrant to Perform the Wedding?
some cases the Court can authorize a person who lives in the judicial circuit
to perform a wedding. Contact the clerk’s office to discuss this
you have questions about obtaining a marriage license, please contact us at
(804) 365-6120 or (804) 365-6150. You may also be interested in reading
the pamphlet “Marriage in Virginia,” which is published by
the Virginia State Bar.
Requesting a Certified Copy of Your
may request certified copies of your marriage license at the time it is issued
or at any point after you are married. The clerk’s office accepts requests for
certified copies by mail or in person. If you request certified copies when you
apply for your license, they will be mailed to you as soon as the person who
marries you returns the completed marriage certificate to the clerk’s
request a certified copy of your marriage license by mail, you’ll need:
the request to:
County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
Attention: Marriage Licenses
P.O. Box 39
Hanover, VA 23069
may obtain a certified copy of your marriage license in person at the circuit
court clerk’s office on the second floor of the Circuit Courthouse at 7507
Library Drive, Hanover, Va. We’re open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The cost is $2.50 per certified copy. We accept cash, check or money
Marriage License Applicant