How to Get Married in West Virginia

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So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, West Virginia!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, West Virginia!

How to Get Married in West Virginia

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: West Virginia does not have a residency requirement for couples wishing to marry. If the bride or groom are residents, they should apply together in the county where one of them resides. Licenses are issued the same day; there is no waiting period unless the applicants are minors, in which case the license will be issued in two days.

Couples wishing to marry in West Virginia must each present a valid birth certificate or driver's license. Passports or military IDs are also acceptable forms of identification and proof of age. If either the bride or groom has been married before, most counties will request proof of either the legal divorce or the death of the former spouse.

Under 18: The age of consent to marry in West Virginia is 18. Applicants between 16 and 18 years old must present valid written consent from parents or legal guardians. A court order is necessary if either applicant is younger than 16.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: In West Virginia, a marriage license costs $36.

Officiants: In West Virginia, a religious representative, family court judge, circuit judge or a justice of the state Supreme Court can officiate marriage ceremonies.

Valid: In West Virginia, a license is valid within sixty (60) days after the license is issued.

Equality Rights: Same sex marriage is legal in West Virginia.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

How many of you are getting married in West Virginia?