Wedding Officiant

Civil Celebrant Appointment (Marriage Officiants)

  • Non-Virginia residents who are not clergy cannot legally perform a wedding in Virginia.
  • You must be a resident of Loudoun County in order to be a One-Time Ceremony Civil Celebrant authorized to perform a wedding in Virginia.
  • Virginia residents who do not reside in Loudoun County will need to apply in the county in which they reside.
  • Submit the following:
  • Once the order has been approved, the petitioner may make an appointment to post the $500 bond, prior to performing the marriage ceremony. The appointment will be scheduled between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Payment should be made by either check or money order. 

 Permanent Civil Celebrant Appointment

  • You must be a resident of Loudoun County in order to be appointed as a permanent Civil Celebrant authorized to perform a wedding in Virginia.
  • Submit a letter to the Clerk setting forth your interest in being appointed as a permanent Civil Celebrant. Provide your email address and daytime phone number.
  • The letter will be provided to and reviewed by the Clerk of Circuit Court. The Clerk will contact the individual to provide information about the process.

Out-of-State Minister Petition

Authorization for Local Clergy Members

  • We encourage you to apply in the county in which your house of worship or religious body is located.
  • Authorizations are done by appointment only.
  • $26 filing fee
  • Email or fax (703-777-0530) the following to the Civil Division:
    • A copy of your license, certificate of ordination, or documentation appointing you to your clerical position.
    • Current proof of your position within your religious organization, from someone in a position of authority within the organization other than yourself, on the organization’s letterhead.
    • Your name and contact information
    • Once we receive the information and review it, we will contact you to schedule the appointment.

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