Apply For A West Virginia Marriage License

I want to get married in West Virginia. Where do I go?

Marriage licenses are issued by the County Clerk’s office found in all counties in West Virginia. If you or your fiance are a resident of the state, you should apply in the county where one of you has residence. If neither of you reside in West Virginia, you can apply in any county of your choosing. In both situations, the marriage license is good throughout the state regardless of the county that issued it.

What is the marriage licensing process in West Virginia?

Both you and your fiance will need to go to the correct County Clerk’s office in West Virginia together to fill out and file your marriage license application. Before you are allowed to file the application, you both will need to provide some form of photo ID that verifies your name and age, such as a driver’s license or passport. You will also need to pay the marriage license fee. Once the application is filed, the marriage license is usually issued to you on the same day. It is valid for use immediately upon issuance.

What kinds of information and document do we need to bring with us?

In addition to photo ID, in West Virginia you will need to provide your full names, dates and places of birth, social security numbers, as well as your father’s full name and your mother’s full maiden name and their states of birth. If this is not your first marriage, you will also need to provide the exact date of your previous marriage’s dissolution. It is best to bring along the appropriate documentation if you think you may have difficulty remembering and correctly spelling this information.

Does West Virginia require blood tests in order to get the marriage license?

No, West Virginia no longer requires either the bride or groom undergo any blood or medical tests prior to marriage.

What is the marriage license cost in West Virginia?

Usually the fee for a marriage license in West Virginia is $36, though some counties may charge more or less. This fee does not include additional certified or keepsake copies of the marriage license, which are available from the county that issued the original license for an additional fee, usually about $5 to $10.

Is there an expiration date on the marriage license?

Yes, all marriage licenses issued in West Virginia expire 60 days after issuance. If you do not use the license in this time, you will have to repeat the application process to get a new license valid in West Virginia.  



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