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Pursuant to Virginia Code §20-23, when a minister of any religious denomination produces before the circuit court of any county or city in the Commonwealth proof of his ordination and of his being in regular communion with the religious society of which he is a reputed member, or proof that he is commissioned to pastoral ministry or holds a local minister's license and is serving as a regularly appointed pastor in his denomination the clerk of such court at any time, may make an order authorizing such minister to celebrate the rites of matrimony in the Commonwealth.
Pursuant to Virginia Code §20-25, persons other than ministers may perform rites of marriage upon petition filed with the clerk and payment of applicable clerk's fees ($56.00). Any circuit court judge may issue an order authorizing one or more persons resident in the circuit in which the judge sits to celebrate the rites of marriage in the Commonwealth. Any person so authorized shall, before acting, enter into bond in the penalty of $500, with or without surety, as the court may direct.
The clerk's office does not have forms for this procedure. You must prepare your own petition to file.
If you still have questions please call 757-926-8356 for further information.
You should get from the Clerk's Office a minimum of 3 certified copies of the Order changing your name and then immediately make associates, businesses and others with whom you have dealings aware of your change of name. You should make sure you contact your nearest Social Security office to secure the necessary forms to submit for a new Social Security card (your Social Security number should not change). Social Security should notify the IRS of the change; however, you should verify this with Social Security. More information concerning your name change and Social Security may be found at their website. You should also notify your local governmental offices, including the Voter Registrar's Office, the Commissioner of the Revenue, and the Treasurer's Office. Do not forget to take your old license, your new Social Security card and a certified copy of the name-changing Order to the DMV to secure a new operator's license.