Where to Find a Justice of the Peace in Winchester, VA
Are you looking for a Justice of the Peace to perform your civil or nondenominational wedding in Winchester? If so, do not expect to find one at the courthouse in Winchester. You need to find your own marriage commissioner to perform the wedding ceremony for you.
Courthouse Weddings in Winchester
When you go to the Winchester Judicial Center (courthouse) to obtain your marriage license, you might expect that there is a judge (or Justice of the Peace) on-hand to marry you that moment. However, that is not the case. There is no resident Justice of the Peace stationed at the Winchester courthouse dedicated to only performing marriages. Instead the court appoints approved individuals to serve as Marriage Commissioners.
What is a Marriage Commissioner?
A marriage commissioner is someone appointed by the court to perform marriages. Whereas a Justice of the Peace can perform other judicial tasks, my sole responsibility as a marriage commissioner is to perform marriages. In my case, I have been officially appointed by the Circuit Court of Frederick County to conduct civil and nondenominational wedding ceremonies in Virginia. To ensure that the civil marriage is conducted properly, I lead both individuals through an exchange vows indicating that they have chosen to wed one another. I also take care of all the legal paperwork, completing the marriage license as instructed by the court, and then filing the license with the courthouse making your wedding official.
Getting Married at the Courthouse
So how do you get married at the courthouse in Winchester? It’s really simple.
- Send me a text or fill out my contact form to let me know when you would like to get married. Do you want to get married today? No problem as I perform same day weddings!
- Check out my photography packages and let me know if you are interested in having one (or more) photos taken after your quick civil ceremony.
- On the day you have chosen to be married, stop by the Winchester Judicial Center to get your marriage license. It only takes 10 minutes or so, and all you need is a government-issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc).
- After you have your license, I can marry you right there at the courthouse (or another nearby location).
- Once finished, I complete and file your marriage license with the court and you are officially married!