Every minister must be “registered” in the state of Virginia in order to perform marriages within the Commonwealth. Registration of a minister is completed through the circuit court in which a minister's license or papers of ordination are produced and an order authorizing such person to celebrate the rites of matrimony is entered.
Documents to Prove Denomination
Virginia Code § 20-23
provides that when a minister of any religious denomination shall produce before the judge or clerk of the circuit court of any county or city in this Commonwealth,
- Proof of his/her ordination and of his being in regular communion with the religious society of which he/she is a reputed member, or
- Proof that he/she holds a local minister's license and is serving as a regularly appointed pastor in his/her denomination, or
- Proof that he/she is commissioned to pastoral ministry, and
- A valid photo identification card (e.g. a valid Virginia driver’s license) for identification is required by the Portsmouth Circuit Court.
Every person authorized to perform the rites of marriage in Virginia is permitted to perform these rites anywhere within the Commonwealth regardless of the circuit court in which he/she registered.