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West Virginia Marriage License Requirements

Below is the information on what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the marriage laws before filling out the marriage license forms.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document that allows you to officially be married under the law. Always check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

Licenses are usually not valid for more than 30 days so you'll typically need to apply for your marriage license within one month of your wedding ceremony. You need to submit your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

IMPORTANT: You are not officially married when you receive a marriage license. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your officiant your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license. If application is mailed or faxed in, it must be witnessed by a Notary Public.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of West Virginia.

Waiting Period: 3 days.

If Divorced: If divorced within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.

Fees: Cash Only! $25

Other Tests: No tests

Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification.

Officiants: The minister, priest or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state may perform marriages. Ministers must provide marriage certificates to the couple married and report the marriage to the Marriage Commissioner.

Valid: License is valid for 90 days anywhere in West Virginia.
The license can only be used within the State of West Virginia.


IMPORTANT: State and county marriage license requirements can change so make sure you check with your local town clerk. This information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any plans.

Barbour County Clerk 8 North Main St Philippi, WV 26416 304-457-2232
Berkeley County Clerks 100 West King St Martinsburg, WV 25401 304-264-1927
Boone County Clerk 200 State St Madison, WV 25130 304-369-7331
Braxton County Clerk Sutton, WV 304-765-2833
Brooke County Clerk P.O. Box 272 Wellsburg, WV 26070 304-737-3661
Cabell County Clerk County Courthouse Huntington, WV 25701 304-526-8631
Calhoun County Clerk Grantsville, WV 304-354-6725
Clay County Clerk P.O. Box 190 Clay, WV 25043 304-587-4259
Doddridge County Clerk West Union, WV 304-873-2631
Fayette County Clerk P.O. Box 569 Fayetteville, WV 25840 304-574-1200
Gilmer County Clerk Glenville, WV 304-462-7641
Grant County Clerk 5 Highland Ave Petersburg, WV 26847 304-257-4550
Greenbrier County Clerk P.O. Box 506 Lewisburg, WV 24901 304-647-6602
Hampshire County Clerk P.O. Box 806 Romney, WV 26757 304-822-5112
Hancock County Clerk P.O. Box 367 New Cumberland, WV 26047 304-564-3311
Hardy County ClerkCounty Clerk P.O. Box 540 Moorefield, WV 26836 304-538-2929
Harrison County Clerk 301 West Main St Clarksburg, WV 26301 304-624-8611
Jackson County Clerk P.O. Box 800 Ripley, WV 25271 304-372-2011
Jefferson County Clerk P.O. Box 208 Charles Town, WV 25414 304-728-3215
Kanawha County Clerk 409 Virginia St East Charleston, WV 25301 304-357-0710
Lewis County Clerk P.O. Box 87 Weston, WV 26452 304-269-8215
Lincoln County RecorderRecording Department 8000 Court Ave Hamlin, WV 25523 304-824-3336
Logan County Clerk 300 Stratton St, # 101 Logan, WV 25601 304-792-8600
Marion County Clerk P.O. Box 1267 Fairmont, WV 26554 304-367-5440
Marshall County Clerk P.O. Box 459 Moundsville, WV 26041 304-845-1220
Mason County Clerk 200 6th St, # 7 Point Pleasant, WV 25550 304-675-1997
McDowell County Clerk 90 Wyoming St, # 109 Welch, WV 24801 304-436-8544
Mercer County Clerk 1501 W Main St Princeton, WV 24740 304-487-8339
Mineral County Clerk 150 Armstrong St Keyser, WV 26726 304-788-3924
Mingo County Clerk P.O. Box 1197 Williamson, WV 25661 304-235-0330
Monongalia County Clerk 243 High St, # 123 Morgantown, WV 26505 304-291-7230
Monroe County Clerk 350 Union Union, WV 24983 304-772-3096
Morgan County Clerk 202 Fairfax St Suite 100 Berkeley, WV 25411 304-258-8547
Nicholas County Clerk 700 Main St Summersville, WV 26651 304-872-7820
Ohio CountyCounty Clerk 205 City/County Building Wheeling, WV 26003 304-234-3656
Pendleton County Clerk P.O. Box 89 Franklin, WV 26807 304-358-2505
Pleasants County Clerk 301 Court Lane Rm 101 St Marys, WV 26170 304-684-3542
Pocahontas County Clerk 900 C 10th Ave Marlinton, WV 24954 304-799-4549
Preston County Clerk 101 W Main St, Rm 201 Kingwood, WV 26537 304-329-0070
Putnam County Clerk P.O. Box 508 Winfield, WV 25213 304-586-0202
Raleigh County Clerk 215 Main St Beckley, WV 25801 304-255-9123
Randolph County Clerk 2 Randolph Ave Elkins, WV 26241 304-636-0543
Ritchie County Clerk 115 Court House Rm 201 Harrisville, WV 26362 304-643-2164
Roane County Clerk Spencer, WV 304-927-2860
Summers County Clerk P.O. Box 97 Hinton, WV 25951 304-466-7104
Taylor County Clerk 214 West Main Grafton, WV 26354 304-265-1401
Tucker County Clerk Parsons, WV 304-478-2414
Tyler County Clerk P.O. Box 66 Middlebourne, WV 26149 304-758-2102
Upshur County Clerk 4 W Main St,Rm 101 Buckhannon, WV 26201 304-472-1068
Wayne County Clerk P.O. Box 248 Wayne, WV 25570 304-272-6369
Webster County Clerk Webster Springs, WV 304-847-2508
Wetzel County P.O. Box 156 New Martinsville, WV 26155 304-455-8224
Wirt CountyClerk Recorders P.O. Box 53 Elizabeth, WV 26143 304-275-4271
Wood County Clerk P.O. Box 1474 Parkersburg, WV 26102 304-424-1850
Wyoming CountyClerks Office Box 309 Pineville, WV 24874 304-732-8000