Clerk of the Circuit Court

Our office will be closed the following days in observance of
both the Christmas and New Year holidays:

Friday, December 22nd (Closing at 12 noon, Recording stops at 11 a.m.)
Monday, December 25th
Tuesday, December 26th
Monday, January 1st
Tuesday, January 2nd

PLEASE NOTE:  We will STOP recording at
3:00 P.M. on Friday, December 29, 2017.

May the upcoming holiday season and New Year bring you peace, joy and happiness!

Sarah A. "Kate" Spry, Clerk of the Circuit Court        Deidre D. Martin, Deputy Clerk        Madison Keller, Deputy Clerk

Phone: (804) 492-4442     Fax: (804) 492-4876     Hours: M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Post Office Box 8
1 Courthouse Circle
Cumberland, VA 23040


Land Transactions are recorded from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.  The Clerk of the Circuit Court is a constitutional officer and is elected to an eight-year term by the voters of the locality. The clerk handles administrative matters for the Court, such as managing the Court’s docket and juries, processing all criminal files, and preparing, recording and maintaining court orders, subpoenas and pleadings. All Circuit Court suits and appeals from the lower court are filed and processed by the Clerk. The Clerk has the authority to probate wills and grant administration of estates and serves as general record keeper for the county, recording deeds, deeds of trust, plats and other documents relating to real estate. Other transactions and recordings processed by the Clerk’s Office include judgments, financing statements, partnerships, fictitious names, marriage licenses, concealed weapon permits, military discharges, and a variety of appointments, including ministers and notaries.

Concealed Handgun Permits

The fee for a Concealed Handgun Permit is $50.00 payable to the Clerk of Court.  You may download the application for a Concealed Handgun Permit here, or you may also obtain a copy of the application from the Clerk's Office.


Cumberland County’s records go back to 1749 when the county was formed. We have the following records: wills, deeds, marriages and court order books. There are very few birth and death records (births 1853-1870 and deaths 1853-1885).

If a researcher provides a book and page number reference, the Clerk’s Office staff will make copies for $0.50 cents per page.

Marriage Licenses

Marriage licenses are issued in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office up to 4:00 PM.

Marriage ceremonies are not performed by the Clerk’s Office.

Fee: $30.00

Certified copy of marriage license: $2.50

License expires 60 days from date of issuance.

Both parties must be present.

Valid photo ID required.

Must be 18 years of age.

Full names of parents are needed.

Please come in one-half hour prior to closing to allow sufficient time to complete the application.

Military DD-214

The DD-214 is filed in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office of the city or county where you reside.

Please bring the original or an authenticated copy.

There is no fee to file a DD-214.

Probate & Qualifications

Please call the Clerk’s Office to set up an appointment to probate a will and/or qualify as a personal representative of an estate and to obtain information that will be needed by the Clerk. The original will must be brought to the Clerk’s Office. Any person probating a will or seeking qualification on an estate must have an estimate of the value of all assets owned by the decedent. Please bring a copy of the death certificate.

Elizabeth Brown
Commissioner of Accounts
(804) 492-4891

Terri Atkins Wilson
Assistant Commissioner of Accounts
(434) 392-1422

Secure Remote Access for Land Records

Secure remote access is available for land records begining January 1, 1993.

To register for access to the Records Management System, you can download and complete the following application:

RMS Subscriber Application

RMS fees are as follows:
1. Individual User Account: $50.00/month ($300.00/semi-annually or $500.00/annually - six month minimum required)

2. Multiple User Account: $200.00/month (includes 5 users - $1,200.00 semi/annually or $2,200.00 annually - six month minumum required)

Virginia's Judicial System

Please see the Supreme Court of Virginia’s (SCV) website for information on the Virginia judicial system and information on jury service.  For additional details concerning the Cumberland County courts, please visit SCV's website.

Vital Records

Applications to request birth or death certificates from the Office of Vital Records are available at the Clerk’s Office or can be downloaded here.  For more information on vital records, please visit the Virginia Department of Health's website.