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Rules and regulations for marrying in the USVI

The U.S. Virgin Islands is an American Territory and, as such, operates under the law of the United States Government.

If possible, it is a wise idea to begin your wedding planning at least two months in advance — even earlier if you are planning a large affair.

For a $25 fee, you can apply for a marriage license with the Clerk of the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands. There are two forms necessary – an Application for Marriage License and License and Certificate of Marriage. Click on the above links for a copy of the applications or call (340) 774-6680 ext. 6607 . No blood test is required in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After an eight-day posting period, a time and date are arranged for you to appear before the clerk and obtain the marriage license — an additional $25 fee.

PLEASE follow these instructions carefully as the Territorial Court is very strict about the exactness of the forms. Forms that do not comply with directions will not be accepted by the Territorial Court.

The applications must reach the Clerk of the Court office a minimum of 2 weeks before the wedding. Applicants must appear before a notary public and have the applications notarized. If you wish to be married by a judge, the cost is $200; you must include payment of all fees and a letter of request with your license application detailing:
• Date of Visit
• Length of Stay
• Date of preference

All fees must be paid either by certified check, money order or cash; no personal checks are accepted.

ID Requirement:
• A certified Birth Certificate.
• A Passport
• A Photo Id

There are no residency requirements only a signed and authorized marriage application is required.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must apply for a marriage license to the court at least one month before arrival.
• An Application for Marriage License
• A License and Certificate of Marriage
• The application must be typed or printed and filled out in its entirety by both bride and groom.

• Under “Permanent Residence” and “Usual Residence,” please provide your complete physical address with zip code

• Please do not use any abbreviations (abbreviations for states are NOT accepted). Where the word parents are indicated, please state both parents name.

• Mother’s Maiden Name
• Birth Place of both parents
• Previous marital situation refers to that of the individuals appealing for a license.
• This form must be signed by each of you.
• The lines “License issued this …” Filed this…” and “By Deputy Clerk” are to be left blank.

License & Certificate of Marriage:
• Lines 1-16 and 27-30 must be filled out by both bride and groom.
• Please note on involvements 4a and 11a the CITY AND STATE are required (don’t abbreviate).
• Please note on lines 4b and 11b the month must be spelled out.
• Please TYPE and do not use any abbreviations.
• The COMPLETE street directions, city & ZIP CODE are required on lines 3a & 10a.
• The form must be endorsed by each of you.

If either applicant has had a prior marriage the courts require a CERTIFIED copy of the divorce decree. This must be the complete decree and must have a RAISED SEAL and a judge’s signature. (This can be purchased by contacting the court that issued the divorce). Please record: the decree must be a CERTIFIED copy (not notarized) with a raised court seal.

If either applicant has been widowed, a copy of the death certificate must be attached. Send both forms along with decrees if applicable and informal note were referring to the wedding date to:

Standard Mail Address:
Clerk of the Court
The Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands
P.O. Box 70
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 00804
Federal Express Address:
Clerk of the Court
The Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands
Veteran’s Drive
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 00804 Ph: (340) 774-6680 x 6607
Fax: (340) 777-8254

The clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — except on court holidays (New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day) — and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon — except for Carnival Saturday. Weddings by a judge are performed only on weekdays, but you can pick up your license on Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. by appointment only. You will pay an additional $150 charge for this service. Although your attire may be cordial, wearing slippers and shorts are not permitted when appearing before the court.

U.S. citizens do not require a passport to enter but do require proof of citizenship to return to the states. A passport or birth certificate with photo ID is sufficient. Canadian and European travelers need a valid passport. Other countries will need a passport or visa. All travelers will need proof of citizenship to leave the island. A passport is a great idea however since the British Virgin Islands are so close, a day trip there may be in order.

For the ultimate wedding, consider the ease and elegance of a wedding set in the natural splendor of the Virgin Islands. Exchange vows, host a reception and then enjoy a romantic honeymoon — all in one ideal tropical location.

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