Marriage License

Marriage License Requirements

  1. The age of consent to marry in the State of West Virginia is Eighteen Years Old.
  2. Any person under the age of eighteen years of age must obtain consent of a parent or legal guardian in whose custody they may be in at the time of application for a marriage license.
  3. No person under the age of sixteen years old may be issued a marriage license except upon a court order of the Circuit Court and with the consent of the parent or legal guardian.
  4. If you reside in the State of West Virginia you must apply in the county where you live. You may get married in any county, within the State of West Virginia.
  5. If both parties reside outside of the State of West Virginia, you may apply in any county in West Virginia and be married in any county within the state.
  6. Both parties must be present when applying for a license. 
  7. Both parties must present some form of identification. Examples of identification accepted are: Driver's License, Birth Certificates, West Virginia Identification Card, Military Identification Card or Passport.
  8. The fee for obtaining a marriage license is $56.00.  However, if the parties elect to participate in the pre-martial counseling, as described in WV Code, a $20.00 discount will be given, making the license fee $36.00.  In order to receive the discount, the bride and groom must present a certificate, signed by the individual that provided the counseling, at the time they apply for the license.
  9. If either party has previously been married and the marriage ended by divorce, you will need to provide the date in which the judge entered the final divorce decree.
  10. Marriage license are issued the same day that you apply.
  11. The marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date of issuance.
  12. When you bring the marriage license back into the County Clerk's Office then you must request a copy of the certified license. The Clerk's Office does not automatically provide this. The fee for the certified copy is $5.00 per copy.

 

 

Marriage Certificates

Marriage Certificate Application

 

To obtain a copy of a Marriage Certificate please fill out this form.