Marriage Celebrant

Marriage Celebrant
Marriage Celebrant - Clergy and Minister (Full Time)

Requirements - Code of Virginia §20.23
  • Complete the Petition in the Clerk's Office
  • Present a copy of his/her ordination papers as a minister or local minister's license. If you have a minister’s license you will need a letter from your church showing that you are a regularly appointed pastor in your denomination.
  • Document of recent date (less than 30 days old) from his/her superior or church board stating that he/she is in good standing with the church for which he/she is ordained.
  • Pay $56 filing fee
The Clerk's Office will prepare an order for approval by the Judge or the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Non-Minister Requirements (One Time Marriage)
Code of Virginia §20.25

  1. Complete the petition and bring it with the filing fee of $56.00 to Carroll County Circuit Court.
  2. The Clerk's Office will prepare an order for approval by the Judge. The Clerk's Office will notify you by phone if it is approved or denied. 
  3. It usually takes between 5 to 10 business days for the judge to review and prepare the bond.
  4. If approved, the petitioner must sign a bond in the amount of $500 before the clerk/deputy clerk and you will be given a certified copy of the order of appointment.
    1. If the bond is without surety there are no additional costs associated with signing the bond.
    2. If the bond is with surety you will be required to find a bondsman to sign with you or pay $500 to the court to be held while you meet the duties of the appointment as a Marriage Celebrant.