Licence Paperwork - Making it Official
married in the US Virgin Islands is easy with minimal paperwork.
You will not need a blood test or a physical. If you are already
married (vow re-newal) or if this a commitment ceremony then
you do not need to follow these procedures. The cost for a marriage
license is $200.
STEP ONE - Court House Paperwork
Note before you reserve that you will need to go to the court
house before your wedding once on island. The court house hours
are as follows:.
Monday to Friday 8am
Saturday 10am to noon.
Sunday 9:30am to 11am.
Holidays - varies - need to call
Note that there is an extra $150 court house
fee for going to the court house on a holiday or Sunday.
fill out, and mail forms along with a $200 certified check
or money order to the court (no personal checks accepted)
made out to the "Superior Court of the Virgin Islands".
Download the Marriage License and application forms and
fill them out (below). You
will need to have this paperwork in the court house at
least 8 business days before your wedding date. It is
good to mail the paperwork in the months ahead of time.
Form and Marriage Licence in Microsoft Excel format
In Adobe Acrobat Format ..
for marriage license - See
sample marriage application filled out.
certificate of marriage - See
sample licence certificate filled out.
Instructions on filling out
your marriage licence & application.
must be typed or in extremely legible neat print (no cursive).
Can be typed on our on line form.
If you are divorced you need to send your most recent
Certified Divorce Decree in English (with a raised seal or
stamped certified copy) signed by the judge from the court
in which you were divorced (not just a notarized copy).
Your divorce must be final and dated thirty days prior
to your wedding date if contested or by default. No
exceptions. If either spouse is widowed, you will need
a certified, stamped copy of your spouse's death certificate.
After completion mail them, along
with a $200 certified check or money order made out to
the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. If you are from
Canada make sure your money order is from a bank and not
the post office or it will be sent back.
Priority Mail - get tracking but not signature confirmation
(no one will be there to sign and it will come back to
Court of the Virgin Islands
P.O. Box 70
St. Thomas, USVI 00804
If you are cutting it close to the
date and want to send it Express or Fed Express then use
the address below. You can get tracking and/or signature
Superior Court of the Virgin Islands
5400 Veterans Drive
St. Thomas, USVI 00802
STEP TWO- Call Court House
you mail your forms to the court house then keep an eye
on the tracking to see when it arrives. Once you see that
it did arrive then call the court house at 340-774-6680
( ext 6207 or ask for marriage licence department) to
verify that your paperwork has arrived and that everything
is in order. It is best to call in the afternoon when
they are less busy.
get better service always start your phone conversation
with "good morning" or "good afternoon"
- this is a local custom that you will find useful on
St. Thomas before handling any business (ie talking to
a local sales clerk, ordering a burger, getting into a
Also ask them for the ref # for your marriage license
- write this down as you will need it when you go to the
court house when you get on island. If they have not assigned
a ref # at the time of your call ask them when you should
call them back for it.
Also verify if your
wedding date falls on a government holiday or a Virgin
Island holiday. If it does ask for special instructions.
the completed Marriage Licence and application is received
via mail in the island courts, there is a required
eight-day waiting period before you are allowed to get
married. This rule can be waived if you ask.
STEP THREE- Once on St. Thomas go to the court
house before your wedding
you arrive on St. Thomas a quick trip to the courthouse
is required to pick up your marriage license in person.
Important to know before you go
to the court house:
STEP FOUR - Get Married
STEP FIVE - After
your wedding return signed papers back to court house.
your ceremony you will need to go back to the court house
to drop off your signed paperwork. If you are staying
on island then you can do this days after the ceremony.
Your minister can drop off the paperwork afterwards for
you for an extra handling fee of $35. If you do it yourself
you will walk off the island with your final papers. If
your minister handles the paperwork then you will have
to wait 2 to 3 weeks for the final papers to arrive in
the mail. Another option is to mail it in. If you are
getting married on a weekend or holiday you may not have
the option to go back to the court house as it may be
you are not from the US you will need to check with courts
with regards to special requirements for your country.
Usually you will need an Apostile. You can either take
care of getting it right after getting your final certified
copy of your licence OR you can mail it up to two weeks
afterwards (Lt. Governors, #18 Kongens Gade, St. Thomas,
VI 00802). The fees and requirements are different for
each country (usually around $25). Call 340-774-2991 and
ask for the "Apostile department" for special
instructions regarding your country.
STEP SIX - You
are married! Live happily ever after!
by Sea, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands