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US Virgin Islands-Marriage Requirements


Legal Requirements for Getting Married in the US Virgin Islands (USVI)

Allotted time:

Allow at least 8 days from arrival in US Virgin Islands to wedding date to process paperwork for marriage license. We recommend giving yourself more time due to weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.

Legal documents to bring:

Please note that all documents must be submitted in English. Contact the American Embassy in your home country for an authorized translator. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language for verification as well as the translated version.

  • Certified copy of birth certificates
  • Valid Passports
  • Divorce or death certificates, if applicable. If applicable, bring certified copy of divorce papers as well.
  • If planning to be married by a judge, send a letter including; date of arrival, length of stay and preferred ceremony date to the Family Division of the Clerk’s Office.

Legal requirements to get married:

  • Ceremony (Civil/Religious)

Civil ceremonies are preformed on the US Virgin Islands. The ceremony is preformed in English. If either party does not speak English, an interpreter should be hired.

  • Age and Relation

The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. Parental consent is required if underage. Bride and groom cannot be related by blood.

  • Witnesses

Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony.

  • Registry

Paperwork can be sent ahead of time, if you provide the Family Division of the Clerk’s Office at the Territorial Court your current mailing address and phone number. They will send a Marriage Information Fact Sheet, an Application and a License and Certificate of Marriage.

Paperwork and application will be considered by the of the US Virgin Islands.

The bride and groom-to-be  fill out (must be typed) an Application for a Marriage License from the Territorial Court of the US Virgin Islands. The wedding banns are posted for 8 days for public examination. Set wedding date at least eight days from turning in marriage application. It is possible to have the 8 day waiting period waived, providing your reasons for exemption are stated on the application and approved.

Note: Do not have the application notarized prior to appearing before the Court.

Upon approval of the application, the bride and groom-to-be must appear, in person, before the Clerk of the Court, swear an oath, have the application notarized, prior to receiving their Marriage License.

Marriage certificate:

  • The bride and groom will sign all the required documents at the ceremony. The bride and groom will be given the Certificate of Marriage from the officiate of their choice.

Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country in which you plan to marry.

We invite you to contact us with any new information. Be sure to note, “Update Marriage Requirements in the USVI” in the subject line.

  • For a wedding on St. Thomas or St. John:
  • Physical Address: Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, Alexander A. Farrelly Justice Center, 5400 Veteran’s Drive, St. Thomas, USVI 00802
  • Mailing Address: Post Office Box 70, St. Thomas, USVI 00804
  • Tel: +340 774 6680
  • Email: Chiefdeputyclerk.Stx@visuperiorcourt.org
  • For a wedding on St. Croix:
  • Physical Address: Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, R.H. Amphlett Leader, Justice Center, RR1 9000, Kingshill, USVI 00850
  • Mailing Address: Post Office Box 929 Christiansted, USVI 00821
  • Tel: +340 778 9750
  • Email: Chiefdeputyclerk.Stx@visuperiorcourt.org