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West Virginia Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in West Virginia. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in West Virginia. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of West Virginia.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Yes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 3 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 60 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in West Virginia

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in West Virginia

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in West Virginia

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. West Virginia county clerks have more specific policies in place than many other states in the country for wedding officiants. Additionally, you will want to add a Letter of Good Standing to your order. We've heard from other ULC ministers in the area that county clerks will typically ask for both documents before accepting any marriages that you perform as having been legally solemnized. Please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

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4 How to Perform a Wedding in West Virginia

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their West Virginia marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 30 days, and there is a 3-day waiting period between when the couple applies for the marriage license in West Virginia and when they may pick it up and legally solemnize the marriage. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office before its expiry. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in West Virginia, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new West Virginia wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.


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West Virginia Marriage Code

Marriage in West Virginia is governed by West Virginia Code 48-2-201. Ministers who got ordained online with the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.
§48-2-401. Persons authorized to perform marriages.
A religious representative who has complied with the provisions of section 2-402, a family court judge, a circuit judge or a justice of the supreme court of appeals, is authorized to celebrate the rites of marriage in any county of this state. Celebration or solemnization of a marriage means the performance of the formal act or ceremony by which a man and woman contract marriage and assume the status of husband and wife.
For purposes of this chapter, the term "religious representative" means a minister, priest or rabbi and includes, without being limited to, a leader or representative of a generally recognized spiritual assembly, church or religious organization which does not formally designate or recognize persons as ministers, priests or rabbis.

View the West Virginia Statutes on the official state site
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Barbour County

8 North Main Street
Philippi, West Virginia
26416

Phone: (304) 457-2232
Fax: (304) 732-8000
Barbour County website »

Berkeley County

100 West King Street
Martinsburg, West Virginia
25401

Phone: (304) 267-3001 ext. 6001
Fax: (304) 267-1794
Berkeley County website »

Boone County

200 State Street
Madison, West Virginia
25130

Phone: (304) 369-7330
Fax: (304) 369-7329
Boone County website »

Braxton County

300 Main Street
PO Box 486
Sutton, West Virginia
26601

Phone: (304) 765-2833
Fax: (304) 765-2093
Braxton County website »

Brooke County

632 Main Street
Wellsburg, West Virginia
26070

Phone: (304) 737-3661
Fax: (304) 737-4023
Brooke County website »

Cabell County

750 5th Avenue
Suite 108
Huntington, West Virginia
25701

Phone: (304) 526-8625
Fax: (304) 526-8632
Cabell County website »

Calhoun County

PO Box 230
Grantsville, West Virginia
26147

Phone: (304) 354-6725
Fax: (304) 354-6725
Calhoun County website »

Clay County

PO Box 190
Clay, West Virginia
25043

Phone: (304) 587-4259
Fax: (304) 587-7329
Clay County website »

Doddridge County

118 East Court St.
West Union, West Virginia
26456

Phone: (304) 873-2631
Fax: (304) 873-1840
Doddridge County website »

Fayette County

100 Court St.
PO Box 569
Fayetteville, West Virginia
25840

Phone: (304) 574-4225
Fax: (304) 574-4335
Fayette County website »

Gilmer County

10 Howard Street
Glenville, West Virginia
26351

Phone: (304) 462-7641
Fax: (304) 462-8855
Gilmer County website »

Grant County

5 Highland Avenue
Petersburg, West Virginia
26847

Phone: (304) 257-4550
Fax: (304) 257-4207
Grant County website »

Greenbrier County

200 N Court St.
PO Box 506
Lewisburg, West Virginia
24901

Phone: (304) 647-6602
Fax: (304) 647-6694
Greenbrier County website »

Hampshire County

66 N High St.
PO Box 806
Romney, West Virginia
26757

Phone: (304) 822-5112
Fax: (304) 822-4039
Hampshire County website »

Hancock County

PO Box 367
New Cumberland, West Virginia
26047

Phone: (304) 564-3311 ext. 266
Fax: (304) 564-5941
Hancock County website »

Hardy County

204 Washington Street
Moorefield, West Virginia
26836

Phone: (304) 530-0250
Fax: (304) 530-0251
Hardy County website »

Harrison County

301 W. Main Street
Clarksburg, West Virginia
26301

Phone: (304) 624-8675
Fax: (304) 624-8575
Harrison County website »

Jackson County

PO Box 800
Ripley, West Virginia
25271

Phone: (304) 373-2258
Fax: (304) 372-1107
Jackson County website »

Jefferson County

100 E Washington St.
PO Box 208
Charles Town, West Virginia
25414

Phone: (304) 728-3347
Fax: (304) 728-1957
Jefferson County website »

Kanawha County

407 Virginia St., East
PO Box 3226
Charleston, West Virginia
25332

Phone: (304) 357-0130
Fax: (304) 357-0585
Kanawha County website »

Lewis County

PO Box 87
Weston, West Virginia
26452

Phone: (304) 269-8215
Fax: (304) 269-8202
Lewis County website »

Lincoln County

PO Box 497
Hamlin, West Virginia
25523

Phone: (304) 824-3336 ext. 233
Fax: (304) 824-2444
Lincoln County website »

Logan County

300 Stratton Street
Logan, West Virginia
25601

Phone: (304) 792-8600
Fax: (304) 792-8621
Logan County website »

Marion County

PO Box 1267
Fairmont, West Virginia
26555

Phone: (304) 367-5445
Fax: (304) 367-5448
Marion County website »

Marshall County

PO Box 459
Moundsville, West Virginia
26041

Phone: (304) 845-1220
Fax: (304) 845-5891
Marshall County website »

Mason County

200 6th Street
Point Pleasant, West Virginia
25550

Phone: (304) 675-1997
Fax: (304) 675-2521
Mason County website »

McDowell County

90 Wyoming Street
Welch, West Virginia
24801

Phone: (304) 436-8544
Fax: (304) 436-8576
McDowell County website »

Mercer County

1501 Main Street
Princeton, West Virginia
24740

Phone: (304) 487-8466
Fax: (304) 487-9842
Mercer County website »

Mineral County

150 Armstrong Street
Keyser, West Virginia
26726

Phone: (304) 788-3924
Fax: (304) 788-4109
Mineral County website »

Mingo County

PO Box 1197
Williamson, West Virginia
25661

Phone: (304) 235-0330
Fax: (304) 235-0328
Mingo County website »

Monongalia County

243 High Street
Morgantown, West Virginia
26505

Phone: (304) 291-7230
Fax: (304) 291-7233
Monongalia County website »

Monroe County

PO Box 350
Union, West Virginia
24983

Phone: (304) 772-3096
Fax: (304) 772-4191
Monroe County website »

Morgan County

77 Fairfax Street
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
25411

Phone: (304) 258-8547
Fax: (304) 258-8545
Morgan County website »

Nicholas County

700 Main Street
Summersville, West Virginia
26651

Phone: (304) 872-7820
Fax: (304) 872-9600
Nicholas County website »

Ohio County

1500 Chapline Street
Wheeling, West Virginia
26003

Phone: (304) 234-3656
Fax: (304) 234-3829
Ohio County website »

Pendleton County

PO Box 1167
Franklin, West Virginia
26807

Phone: (304) 358-2505
Fax: (304) 358-2473
Pendleton County website »

Pleasants County

301 Court Lane
St. Marys, West Virginia
26170

Phone: (304) 684-3542
Fax: (304) 684-7569
Pleasants County website »

Pocahontas County

900-C Tenth Avenue
Marlinton, West Virginia
24954

Phone: (304) 799-4549
Fax: (304) 799-6947
Pocahontas County website »

Preston County

106 W. Main St.
Kingwood, West Virginia
26537

Phone: (304) 329-0070
Fax: (304) 329-0198
Preston County website »

Putnam County

3389 Winfield Road
Winfield, West Virginia
25213

Phone: (304) 586-0202
Fax: (304) 586-0280
Putnam County website »

Raleigh County

215 Main St.
PO Drawer 2518
Beckley, West Virginia
25802

Phone: (304) 255-9126
Fax: (304) 255-9352
Raleigh County website »

Randolph County

2 Randolph Avenue
Elkins, West Virginia
26241

Phone: (304) 636-0543
Fax: (304) 637-3700
Randolph County website »

Ritchie County

115 East Main St.
Harrisville, West Virginia
26362

Phone: (304) 643-2164 ext. 226
Fax: (304) 643-2906
Ritchie County website »

Roane County

200 Main Street
Spencer, West Virginia
25276

Phone: (304) 927-2860
Fax: (304) 927-2489
Roane County website »

Summers County

120 Ballengee St.
PO Box 97
Hinton, West Virginia
25951

Phone: (304) 466-7121
Fax: (304) 466-7146
Summers County website »

Taylor County

214 W. Main Street
Grafton, West Virginia
26354

Phone: (304) 265-1401
Fax: (304) 265-5450
Taylor County website »

Tucker County

215 First Street
Parsons, West Virginia
26287

Phone: (304) 478-2414
Fax: (304) 478-2446
Tucker County website »

Tyler County

PO Box 66
Middlebourne, West Virginia
26149

Phone: (304) 758-2102
Fax: (304) 758-2126
Tyler County website »

Upshur County

40 W. Main St.
Buckhannon, West Virginia
26201

Phone: (304) 472-1068
Fax: (304) 472-1029
Upshur County website »

Wayne County

PO Box 248
Wayne, West Virginia
25570

Phone: (304) 272-6370
Fax: (304) 272-5318
Wayne County website »

Webster County

2 Court Square
Webster Springs, West Virginia
26288

Phone: (304) 847-2508
Fax: (304) 847-5780
Webster County website »

Wetzel County

PO Box 156
New Martinsville, West Virginia
26155

Phone: (304) 455-8224
Fax: (304) 455-5256
Wetzel County website »

Wirt County

PO Box 53
Elizabeth, West Virginia
26143

Phone: (304) 275-4271
Fax: (304) 275-3418
Wirt County website »

Wood County

1 Court Square
Parkersburg, West Virginia
26101

Phone: (304) 424-1850
Fax: (304) 424-1982
Wood County website »

Wyoming County

PO Drawer 309
Pineville, West Virginia
24874

Phone: (304) 732-8000
Fax: (304) 732-7262
Wyoming County website »