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Virginia State Marriage Law & Information

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Virginia Marriage Law

Code of Virginia

Code of Virginia § 20-23

Order authorizing ministers to perform ceremony.

When a minister of any religious denomination shall produce before the circuit court of any county or city in this Commonwealth, or before the judge of such court or before the clerk of such court at any time, proof of his ordination and of his being in regular communion with the religious society of which he is a reputed member, or proof that he holds a local minister's license and is serving as a regularly appointed pastor in his denomination, such court, or the judge thereof, or the clerk of such court at any time, may make an order authorizing such minister to celebrate the rites of matrimony in this Commonwealth. Any order made under this section may be rescinded at any time by the court or by the judge thereof.

Code of Virginia § 20-26

Marriage between members of religious society having no minister.

Marriages between persons belonging to any religious society which has no ordained minister, may be solemnized by the persons and in the manner prescribed by and practiced in any such society. One person chosen by the society shall be responsible for completing the certification of marriage in the same manner as a minister or other person authorized to perform marriages; such person chosen by the society for this purpose shall be required to execute a bond in the penalty of $500, with surety.

(Code 1919, §§ 5079, 5080; 1962, c. 362; 1980, c. 154; 1981, c. 295.)

Our definition of regular communion; is that ministers must hold valid ministerial credentials, and contact us at least 1 time per year, and if any contact information should change (name, physical address, or email) be notified within two weeks of the change.

Marriage License Agency: County Clerk
Common Law: No
Civil Union: No
Duration of Marriage Licence: 60 Days



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