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.
Check with the clerk’s website/office before going to apply/pick-up your marriage license since requirements and procedures can change without notice.

Virginia Marriage License Information

In Virginia, you can apply at any county court clerk’s office and the license is valid anywhere in the state.
  • You can apply for a marriage license either:
    • In-person at any county/city courthouse clerk’s office in the state
    • On-line at the following Northern Virginia county court clerk’s offices: Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties. NOTE, most clerk’s offices will send you a confirmation email when you apply online. Unfortunately, Alexandria, Stafford and Spotsylvania do not yet take online applications.
  • Both parties must be present when applying/picking up the license in-person
  • Both parties must have a government issued ID with them (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.
  • Only Arlington County currently requires divorce papers. Check the other counties before going.
  • No blood test is required
  • Virginia’s current license fee is $30 (check the website before going to the courthouse)
  • The license if valid up to 60 days from date of issue (you must get married within 60 days)
  • Most courthouse clerk’s offices are open Monday –Friday 8:30 – 4:30/5:00 (check online for hours)
  • You can obtain your license and get married the same day – there is no waiting period
  • Most Virginia locations ONLY ACCEPT CASH for payment – (check before going)
  • Note: Virginia requires all officiants be licensed by a Virginia court to perform weddings. Virginia does not accept online ordinations
The Spotsylvania County courthouse is the only Northern Virginia courthouse open two Saturday mornings a month for marriage licenses (check their web site for which Saturdays they are open).
Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William (Manassas) Counties allow you to walk your marriage license back in within five business days of your wedding. The remaining counties require the officiant to mail the license back.
Please check with the individual county court clerk’s office for their current marriage license fee.

Maryland Marriage License Information

Here is the key information you need to obtain Maryland marriage license:
  • If you are the Maryland resident of the county where you are getting married, you MUST obtain your
    license in that county
  • If you are a Maryland resident but NOT a resident in the county where your wedding is being conducted, you can apply for your license online using the non-resident application form offered by the state. Go to the county website where you are getting married, download the application, fill it out, have it certified as
  • instructed on the form, and mail it to the County Clerk’s Office address on the form with your fee
  • 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
  • There is no proxy option in Maryland
Please check with the county clerk’s office for current marriage license fees current payment methods accepted.

District of Columbia Marriage License Information

You can now apply, obtain your marriage license, and get married the same day.
You obtain your marriage license at the DC Courthouse located at 500 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 in room JM 690 – basement level – (Archives or Judiciary Square Metro stops).
The DC marriage license bureau is open Monday – Friday 8:30 – 5:00 (last application is taken at 4:30). Expect to spend 30 to 90 minutes to complete the application process. Some days they are very busy.
  • DC Marriage License General Information
    • The DC marriage license has no expiration date and is valid only in the DC
    • You can download and print the marriage application from the DC marriage bureau website
    • Fill out he marriage application and take it with you when you apply (you can also get an application when you arrive at the marriage bureau)
    • The name of an officiant licensed by the DC marriage license bureau is required before your license will be issued – NOTE: you can apply without the name of a licensed officiant
    • Only one spouse is required to apply in-person for the license
    • DC doesn’t have the option of applying online
    • 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).
    • Wedding Ceremonies by Jeff offers this proxy service.
    • Cash and credit cards are accepted – The current DC license fees are $45.00.
  •  Bring with you:
    • Your government issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
    • If only one person is applying bring a clear photo copy of your spouse’s driver’s license. NOTE: DC requires the original passport or a notarized photocopy of the passport.
    • The marriage license application (filled out of course)
    • If divorced, you will need to know the month and year of the divorce, and the jurisdiction where the divorce was decreed. Divorce papers are not required.
Don’t forget to sign-in on the computer when you arrive at the marriage bureau.
DC Marriage License Bureau website