US Virgin Islands Marriage License Application Requirements and Instructions
To obtain a Virgin Islands Marriage License, you must submit the following at least 8 working days prior to your arrival in the Territory, along with a money order or certified check payable to the Territorial Court of the VI for $200. There is no waiting period for either of you to be on the island, but the paperwork and payment must be in the Courthouse on St. Thomas at least 8 days prior to your arrival.
The Bridal couple must pick up their own marriage license, in person, from the Courthouse in St. Thomas prior to their wedding day. Photo ID is also required before the license is released to you.
Ceremonies of St. John is not allowed to apply for or pick up your marriage license on your behalf. The forms must be completed/filled out electronically, and then printed and submitted by the Bridal couple.
*Forms are available for download in PDF format.
Click on fields and complete the form(s), then print a copy to be mailed.
What You Will Need:
- Completed Marriage License Application Form, using full names and no abbreviations. Document will be notarized by the Virgin Islands court.
- Court Certified Copies of a Divorce or Death Certificate (if applicable). Do not send in the originals, as the documents are not returned to you. A Court certified copy means that you will find a notarized seal from the courthouse that issued the divorce located on the last page of the Divorce Decree. Call the lawyer that assisted with the divorce or the Courthouse that issued the Decree to get your court certified copy.
- A $200 money order or certified cashier's check, payable to the Superior Court of the V.I.
- A letter to the court explaining your arrival and departure date to the island and the name of your Officiate.
Mail the application, payment for $200 and any necessary documents to:
Superior Court of the V.I.
Family Court Division
P.O. Box 70
St. Thomas, USVI 00804
If you want to overnight express mail your application and necessary documents using FedEx or DHL, use this address:
Superior Court of the V.I.
Family Court Division
5400 Veterans Drive
St. Thomas, USVI 00802
Two weeks after mailing the Marriage License Application form to the courthouse, call the courthouse at (340) 774-6680 and ask for the Marriage Department. Confirm that the court has received your application and request your Marriage License Confirmation number. Once you receive the Confirmation number, you will know that the license is prepared and waiting for you to pick it up.
What to take with you to the Courthouse on St. Thomas
You both have to go in person to the courthouse in St. Thomas, show a photo ID and sign for the license prior to your wedding day. Most couples visit the courthouse the same day they arrive in the territory as it is only 15 minutes from the airport and is open:
Monday - Friday from 8AM until 5PM
Saturday from 10AM until 12 Noon
Sunday and Holidays by appointment only.
Courthouse charges an additional $150.00 to open.
- 2015 Court Holiday Schedule
Date Holiday Opening Fee January 1st New Year's Day CLOSED January 2nd Administrative Leave CLOSED January 5th Administrative Leave CLOSED January 6th Three Kings Day CLOSED January 19th MLK (9:30–11:30) $150 February 16th President's Day (9:30–11:30) $150 March 31st Transfer Day (9:30–11:30) $150 April 2nd Holy Thursday (9:30–11:30) $150 April 3rd Good Friday CLOSED April 6th Easter Monday (9:30–11:30) $150 April 29th Food Fair (8:00–12:00 Noon) CLOSED April 30th Jouvert (8:00–12:00 Noon) CLOSED May 1st Children's Parade CLOSED May 2nd Adult's Parade CLOSED May 25th Memorial Day CLOSED July 3rd Emancipation Day (9:30–11:30) $150 July 4th Independence Day CLOSED September 7th Labor Day CLOSED October 12th Columbus Day (9:30–11:30) $150 November 11th Veteran's Day CLOSED November 26th & 27th Thanksgiving Day CLOSED December 24th Christmas Eve (8:00–12:00) CLOSED December 25th & 26th Christmas Day CLOSED December 31st New Year's Eve (8:00–12:00) CLOSED
What to wear to the Courthouse
Although your attire may be cordial, wearing apparels such as flip flops and shorts are not permitted when appearing before the Court.
The St. Thomas courthouse is very strict about clothing allowed when picking up your license. Please dress as if you were going to court.
Not allowed: flip flops, shorts, tank tops, or miniskirts.
After the Ceremony
After the wedding ceremony has concluded, the Minister will sign the license and we will take it back to the courthouse and have it notarized for you. This is called a court certified copy of your license. The certified copy is mailed to your home address and is what you will use if you need to change your name with any Government agencies back at home.
Allow two to three weeks for the certified copy of the license to arrive at your home address. On the day of your wedding, you receive a signed copy of your marriage license for your records. However, your marriage is not legal until the courthouse certifies the document.