West Virginia Marriage License Requirements

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