How to Get Married in West Virginia

West Virginia Marriage License Information

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ID Requirement:

You will need to present photo identification such as your driver's license, state ID, or passport. You will also need to know your parents' full names, including both your mothers' maiden names, and the states where they were born.

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of West Virginia. However, if you are a West Virginia resident, you must apply in the county where you live.

Previous Marriages:

Most counties will require documentation to prove a previous marriage has been dissolved either through death or divorce.

Covenant Marriage Option:


Waiting Period:



Fees may vary from county to county. Cash only in some counties.

Other Tests:


Proxy Marriages:


Cousin Marriages:


Common Law Marriages:


Same Sex Marriages:


Under 18:

If either of you are under 18 years of age, you must have the consent (in person) of a parent or guardian. There will be a three-day waiting period after you apply for the license. There may be special provisions for an under-aged bride who is pregnant.


Any ordained minister who has received authorization to perform marriages in the state of West Virgina. The court in each city and county has appointed persons who are eligible to perform civil weddings.


A marriage license is valid for sixty (60) days.

How to Obtain a Copy of Certificate of Marriage: