"Hi, I am here in Virginia to perform a marriage ceremony. I am licensed in the state of California as a Baptist Minister and I need to know what form I need to fill out so my license is recognized here."
That is how my morning started at the Clerk of the Court office in Virginia Beach. 3 1/2 hours and 5 people later, including the Chief Deputy Clerk and I am scheduled to stand before a judge today. What this judge is looking for, I am not really sure, but I have had to call the church in San Diego and have them fax any and all paperwork that exists regarding my Pastoral License.
In Louisiana, all I had to do was walk in, show them my letter, sign a book and I was good to go. Yup, I can marry and bury people in Louisiana.
Virginia, however, takes this stuff extremely seriously. I have to go to a courtroom and have a judge review my documents, talk to me a bit (I have no clue what he/she will ask) and decide if I am worthy to sign a marriage license in the great Commonwealth of Virginia.