How to Get Married in West Virginia

West Virginia Marriage License Information

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If you have just set a date for your wedding, it can be a really exciting time! Make sure you know all of the laws and requirements for a marriage license before the big day. Remember, requirements may vary as each county in Virginia could have their own requirements, so do your research!

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 Virginia. 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.

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