Your marriage license will cost a total of $200
to be paid directly to the court house.
Getting married in the US Virgin Islands is easy
with minimal paperwork. You will not need
a blood test or a physical.
The license you receive is a legally binding US
marriage license. However, you do not need to
be a US citizen to get married here.
Before you fill this out make sure you completed
steps #1 through #3 on the steps
If you are coming in on a cruise
ship and would like to avoid court house stops
then you can get married by a Justice of the Peace
back home and have a symbolic island ceremony
here. Ask for details.
For the official court house paperwork follow
Download, fill out, marriage license and application
for marriage license. Mail the forms (2 of them)
along with $200 certified check or money order
to the court (no personal checks accepted) made
out to the "Superior Court of the Virgin
Islands". Add an extra $150 for picking up
your license on island on holidays and Sundays.
You will need to have this paperwork in the court
house at least 8 business days before your wedding
do not need to be on island 8 days before hand
- just your paperwork). If you are cutting it
close and do not think you can get the paperwork
to the court house in time then you may ask for
this rule to be waived.
Download the Marriage License and Application
forms and fill them out (below).
must be typed or in extremely legible neat print
(no cursive). Can be typed on our on line form.
Put N/A on anything on the form does not apply
to you ( ie you are from a foreign country and
do not have a social security number ).
If you do not know who one or both of your birth
parents are then you can put "unknown".
It is also a good idea to enclose a letter stating
when you would like to get married, when you would
like to stop by the court house, along with your
contact information (phone number and email address).
you are divorced you need to send your most recent
Court House 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). Please
include the entire divorce decree (all pages no
matter how long it is). 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. If you
have questions regarding the divorce decrees call
the court house.
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
Priority Mail - get tracking but not signature
confirmation (no one will be there to sign and
it will come back to you).
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
Court of the Virgin Islands
5400 Veterans Drive
St. Thomas, USVI 00802
TWO: Call Court House
After 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 taxi).
Also verify if your wedding date falls on a government
holiday or a Virgin Island holiday. If it does
ask for special instructions.
Ask them if you need to call them back to get
a reference number or if everything is set.
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. If you are
cutting it close to the time then this
rule can be waived if you ask.
THREE: On St. Thomas go to court house before
Once you arrive on St. Thomas a quick trip to
the courthouse is required to pick up your marriage
license in person. You will need to bring
your photo ID for your appearance before the Clerk
of the Court (Driver's License or passport). Both
bride and groom are required to appear. Again,
remember to say "good morning" or "good
afternoon" before getting into business.
The courts are open 8 to 5 Monday to Friday
Saturday 10am to noon.
Sunday 9:30am to 11am.
Holidays - varies -
need to call to verify.
FOUR: After your wedding return signed papers
back to court house.
After your stop to the court house then
you can get married! After your ceremony your
minister & witnesses will sign your papers.
One of the signed papers needs to be returned
to the court house. You can go back to the court
house after the ceremony to get your final paperwork.
Your minister can do this for you for an extra
$35 to include 3 copies of your license and mailed
to you priority with tracking but you will have
to wait a few weeks for it to arrive in the mail.
$10 for non-US addresses.
If you go to the court house on a weekend or after
3pm on weekdays then they will require a money
order or cashier's check made out to the Superior
Court of the Virgin Islands for your copies (
recommend getting that before coming to St. Thomas).
A money order for $10 will get you 5 copies of
Non US Citizens: Apostille
one or both of you are a not a US citizen
then you will most likely need to get an
Apostille. This is an extra certificate
that authenticates the marriage license
for your country.
you get home mail a certified copy of your
marriage license with a raised seal along
with a cashiers check made out for $25 US
#18 Kongens Gade
St. Thomas, VI 00802
If you have time while on St. Thomas then
you can go the Lt. Governors Office directly
after the court house. They will require
a copy of your license and $25 ( can be
cash ). They will mail it to you via first
class mail. If you are on St. Thomas for
an extra week then you might be able to
pick it up before you leave island.
If you have any questions regarding the
Apostle then call 340-774-2991 and ask for
the "Apostille department".