West Virginia Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in WV

If you're getting married in the state of West Virginia you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices are usually located at a county courthouse or within the court house complex. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is $56.00 dollars. If the couple is willing to complete marriage counseling, the fee will be reduced to $36. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

West Virginia residents must apply for a marriage license in the county in which one or both live. Two non West Virginia residents may apply in any county. Once a marriage license is obtained, either by residents or non-residents, it may be used anywhere in West Virginia. The license will be completed by the marriage celebrant and returned for filing to the county clerk that issued the license. Marriage licenses issued by another state must not be used for marriage in West Virginia. Likewise, marriage licenses issued by a county in West Virginia must not be used for marriage in another state.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

As long as both parties to the marriage are 18 years of age or older, or otherwise emancipated from their parents, there is no waiting period before the license is issued. If one or both of the parties to the marriage are under 18 years of age, there is a 3 day waiting period before the license will be issued. The waiting period can be waived by a judge.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 60 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. A minor who is pregnant still requires parental consent.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. Bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for West Virginia or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in West Virginia. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual West Virginia marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in West Virginia. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

First cousin marriages are not allowed. Second cousin, third cousin, etc., marriages are allowed.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and legally recognized in West Virginia.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

West Virginia has 55 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Barbour County Clerk

8 North Main St
Philippi, WV 26416


Berkeley County Clerks

100 West King St
Martinsburg, WV 25401


Boone County Clerk

200 State St
Madison, WV 25130


Braxton County Clerk

Sutton, WV


Brooke County Clerk

P.O. Box 272
Wellsburg, WV 26070


Cabell County Clerk

County Courthouse
Huntington, WV 25701


Calhoun County Clerk

Grantsville, WV


Clay County Clerk

P.O. Box 190
Clay, WV 25043


Doddridge County Clerk

West Union, WV


Fayette County Clerk

P.O. Box 569
Fayetteville, WV 25840


Gilmer County Clerk

Glenville, WV


Grant County Clerk

5 Highland Ave
Petersburg, WV 26847


Greenbrier County Clerk

P.O. Box 506
Lewisburg, WV 24901


Hampshire County Clerk

P.O. Box 806
Romney, WV 26757


Hancock County Clerk

P.O. Box 367
New Cumberland, WV 26047


Hardy County Clerk , County Clerk

P.O. Box 540
Moorefield, WV 26836


Harrison County Clerk

301 West Main St
Clarksburg, WV 26301


Jackson County Clerk

P.O. Box 800
Ripley, WV 25271


Jefferson County Clerk

P.O. Box 208
Charles Town, WV 25414


Kanawha County Clerk

409 Virginia St East
Charleston, WV 25301


Lewis County Clerk

P.O. Box 87
Weston, WV 26452


Lincoln County Recorder , Recording Department

8000 Court Ave
Hamlin, WV 25523


Logan County Clerk

300 Stratton St, # 101
Logan, WV 25601


Marion County Clerk

P.O. Box 1267
Fairmont, WV 26554


Marshall County Clerk

P.O. Box 459
Moundsville, WV 26041


Mason County Clerk

200 6th St, # 7
Point Pleasant, WV 25550


McDowell County Clerk

90 Wyoming St, # 109
Welch, WV 24801


Mercer County Clerk

1501 W Main St
Princeton, WV 24740


Mineral County Clerk

150 Armstrong St
Keyser, WV 26726


Mingo County Clerk

P.O. Box 1197
Williamson, WV 25661


Monongalia County Clerk

243 High St, # 123
Morgantown, WV 26505


Monroe County Clerk

350 Union
Union, WV 24983


Morgan County Clerk

202 Fairfax St Suite 100
Berkeley, WV 25411


Nicholas County Clerk

700 Main St
Summersville, WV 26651


Ohio County , County Clerk

205 City/County Building
Wheeling, WV 26003


Pendleton County Clerk

P.O. Box 89
Franklin, WV 26807


Pleasants County Clerk

301 Court Lane Rm 101
St Marys, WV 26170


Pocahontas County Clerk

900 C 10th Ave
Marlinton, WV 24954


Preston County Clerk

101 W Main St, Rm 201
Kingwood, WV 26537


Putnam County Clerk

P.O. Box 508
Winfield, WV 25213


Raleigh County Clerk

215 Main St
Beckley, WV 25801


Randolph County Clerk

2 Randolph Ave
Elkins, WV 26241


Ritchie County Clerk

115 Court House Rm 201
Harrisville, WV 26362


Roane County Clerk

Spencer, WV


Summers County Clerk

P.O. Box 97
Hinton, WV 25951


Taylor County Clerk

214 West Main
Grafton, WV 26354


Tucker County Clerk

Parsons, WV


Tyler County Clerk

P.O. Box 66
Middlebourne, WV 26149


Upshur County Clerk

4 W Main St,Rm 101
Buckhannon, WV 26201


Wayne County Clerk

P.O. Box 248
Wayne, WV 25570


Webster County Clerk

Webster Springs, WV


Wetzel County

P.O. Box 156
New Martinsville, WV 26155


Wirt County , Clerk Recorders

P.O. Box 53
Elizabeth, WV 26143


Wood County Clerk

P.O. Box 1474
Parkersburg, WV 26102


Wyoming County , Clerks Office

Box 309
Pineville, WV 24874