Celebrant Information

Religious Celebrants
Section 20-23 of the Code of Virginia articulates the requirements for authorization as a religious celebrant. 
The Prince William Clerk's Office approves ministers of any religious denomination who minister or live in Prince William/Manassas/Manassas Park to perform the rights of marriage. The Clerk's Office also issues one time authorization for religious celebrants who minister out-of-state and will perform a marriage for a Prince William/Manassas/Manassas Park resident or within Prince William/Manassas/Manassas Park. It is not the practice of the Clerk’s Office to approve an individual to perform the Rites of Marriage solely on the basis of an Internet ordination.

Application to Perform the Rites of Marriage in Virginia (Religious Celebrants) There is a $24 filing fee.

Celebrant Instructions for Completing, Signing, and Returning a Marriage License 
  • Use BLACK INK ONLY when completing the documents.
  • Type or print legibly all information
  • Complete the following:
    Section 24 - the date of the marriage
    Section 25 - the place of the marriage
    Section 26 - type of ceremony (religious or civil)
    Section 27 - Signature, Title of officiant, City or County where authorized to perform marriage, year of authorization, Officiant's name and address
  • It is the celebrants responsibility to make sure the license is not more than 60 days old.
  • Complete both copies and return them within five days to the Clerk of Court that issued the marriage license. The name and address of the Court is written in the left hand margin of the marriage license. 
List of Prince William Civil Marriage Celebrants. The bride and groom must call and make arrangements with the individual celebrants. 
Please notify the Circuit Court Clerk's Office by email if you find that any of the links on this page do not work.