NOTE:  YOU MUST obtain your marriage license in the state or DC where you're getting married. For
example, if you live in Virginia and are getting married in DC you must obtain a DC marriage license.   

Virginia Marriage License Information

Here is the key information you need to obtain a Virginia marriage license:
  • You can obtain your license in any county courthouse in Virginia
  • A Virginia marriage license is valid anywhere in the state of Virginia
  • The license if valid up to 60 days from date of issue
  • You can fill out the license application form at the courthouse or you can go on-line to download
    the application (note, not all counties have the application online)
  • There is no waiting period in Virginia. You can obtain your license and get married the same day
  • Both parties must be present when applying for the license (you can use a proxy but it's
    complex)
  • Bring your government issued ID (driver's license, passport, etc.)
  • If you are divorced you will need to know the month and year of the divorce along with the   
    jurisdiction where the divorce was decreed. You can also bring your divorce papers but they're
    not required
  • No blood test is required
  • Most Virginia locations ONLY ACCEPT CASH for payment - check before going)
  • Note: Virginia requires officiants be authorized by a Virginia court to perform weddings

Please check with the individual county court clerk's office for their current marriage license fee.

Spotsylvania County is the closest court house to DC open two Saturdays a month (check the
ir web site.

Here are links to several of the Northern Virginia circuit courts:
Fairfax County
City of Alexandria
Loudoun County
Arlington County
Prince William County
Stafford County
Spotsylvania County

District of Columbia Marriage License Information

You apply and pick up your marriage license at the District of Columbia Courthouse located at 500
Indiana Avenue, N.W., Room 4485; Washington, D.C. 20001 (Archives or Judiciary Square Metro stops).

Here is the key information you need to obtain a DC marriage license:
  • DC has a two-step process requiring two trips to the marriage license bureau. The first trip
    is to apply and pay for your license. The second trip is to pick-up your license
  • The license has no expiration date and is valid only in the District of Columbia
  • You can fill out the DC application at the license bureau office or download the application from
    their website (see link below) and bring it with you
  • Only one person is required to apply in-person
  • Bring your government issued ID (driver's license, passport, etc.). If only one person applies for
    the marriage license bring a clear photo copy of your spouses driver's license. Note: DC
    requires the original passport or a notarized photocopy of the passport.
  • The district has a three day waiting period from when you apply for the license until you can pick
    up your license. Note: DC does have provide for exceptions to the three-day waiting period but
    they require you to present your reasons to a judge to receive a waiver
  • You must have the name of an officiate licensed/approved by DC before they will dispense your
    license. You can apply without the name of an officiate
  • If you are divorced you will need to know the month and year of the divorce along with the   
    jurisdiction where the divorce was decreed. You can bring your divorce papers but they're not
    required
  • No blood test is required
  • DC allows for a proxy to apply on behalf of the couple (you do not have to apply in-person)
  • DC accepts cash and credit card

The current DC license fee is $45.00.

DC Marriage License Bureau

Maryland Marriage License Information

Here is the key information you need to obtain Maryland marriage license:
  • Your marriage license MUST be obtained in the county where your wedding ceremony will take
    place
  • The license is valid for six months from date of issue and only in the county where it is issued
  • Only one party is required to appear in person to apply for a Maryland marriage license
  • Bring your government issued ID (driver's license, passport, etc.). If only one person is applying
    for the license bring a clear photo copy of your spouses ID
  • Maryland has a 48 hour waiting period from the date the license is issued. The court house will
    issue the license the same day you apply for it but you must wait 48 hours before you can get
    married (or the officiate can sign the license)
  • If you are divorced you will need to know the month and year of the divorce along with the   
    jurisdiction where the divorce was decreed. You can bring your divorce papers but they're not
    required
  • No blood test is required

Please check with the county clerk's office for current marriage license fees current payment methods
accepted.

Here are the links to several Maryland County circuit courts:

Prince George's County
Montgomery County
St. Mary's County
Howard County
Fredrick County
Marriage License Information
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