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 page.
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 these steps:
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 date
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
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 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 confirmation.
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
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 wedding.
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
FOUR: After your wedding return signed papers back to court
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
2 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. Add
$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 $9 will get you 3 copies
of your license.
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 dollars to:
#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