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 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 for you. The forms must be completed/filled out electronically, and then printed and submitted by the bridal couple.
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- Completed Marriage License Application Form, using full names and no abbreviations. Document will be notarized by 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. Court certified copy means that a notarized seal from the courthouse that issued the divorce is 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 Territorial Court of the V.I.
- A letter to the court explaining your arrival and departure date to the island, date and location of your wedding ceremony, and the name of your Officiate.
Mail the application, payment for $200 and any necessary documents to:
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:
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.
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.