West Virginia Marriage Laws

West Virginia Outline

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

Phone: (304) 457-2232
Fax: (304) 457-5983
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Berkeley County

100 West King Street
Martinsburg, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 264-1927
Fax: (304) 267-1794
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Boone County

200 State Street
Madison, West Virginia

Boone County website »

Braxton County

300 Main Street or PO Box 486
Sutton, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 765-2833
Fax: (304) 765-2093
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Brooke County

632 Main Street
Wellsburg, West Virginia

Brooke County website »

Cabell County

750 5th Avenue Suite 108
Huntington, West Virginia

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

Calhoun County

PO Box 230
Grantsville, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 354-6725
Fax: (304) 354-6447
Calhoun County website »

Clay County

PO Box 190
Clay, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 587-4256
Fax: (304) 587-4202
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Doddridge County

108 East Court Street, Suite 1
West Union, West Virginia

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

Fayette County

100 Court Street or PO Box 569
Fayetteville, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 574-4226
Fax: (304) 574-4335
Fayette County website »

Gilmer County

10 Howard Street
Glenville, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 461-7641
Fax: (304) 462-8855
Gilmer County website »

Grant County

5 Highland Avenue
Petersburg, West Virginia

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

Greenbrier County

912 Court Street N
Lewisburg, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 647-6602
Fax: (304) 647-6694
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Hampshire County

19 E. Main Street or PO Box 806
Romney, West Virginia

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

Hancock County

P.O. Box 367
New Cumberland, West Virginia

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

Hardy County

204 Washington St. Rm 111
Moorefield, West Virginia

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

Harrison County

301 W Main St
Clarksburg, West Virginia

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

Jackson County

100 Court Street North
Ripley, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 373-2250
Fax: (304) 372-1107
Jackson County website »

Jefferson County

100 East Washington Street or PO Box 208
Charles Town, West Virginia

Jefferson County website »

Kanawha County

409 Virginia Street East
Charleston, West Virginia

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

Lewis County

110 Center Avenue
Weston, West Virginia

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

Lincoln County

8000 Court Ave
Hamlin, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 824-7990
Fax: (304) 824-2444
Lincoln County website »

Logan County

300 Stratton Street
Logan, West Virginia

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

Marion County

219 Adams Street or PO Box 1267
Fairmont, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 367-5440
Fax: (304) 367-5448
Marion County website »

Marshall County

600 7th St #106 or PO Box 106
Moundsville, West Virginia

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

Mason County

200 Sixth Street
Point Pleasant, West Virginia

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

McDowell County

90 Wyoming Street, Suite 109
Welch, West Virginia

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

Mercer County

1501 West Main Street, Suite 121
Princeton, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 487-8338
Fax: (304) 487-9842
Mercer County website »

Mineral County

150 Armstrong St # 103
Keyser, West Virginia

Mineral County website »

Mingo County

PO Box 1197
Williamson, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 235-0330
Fax: (304) 235-0565
Mingo County website »

Monongalia County

243 High St., Courthouse Room 123
Morgantown, West Virginia

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

Monroe County

350 Main Street or PO Box 350
Union, West Virginia

Monroe County website »

Morgan County

77 Fairfax Street, Room 102
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

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

Nicholas County

700 Main, First Floor
Summersville, West Virginia

Nicholas County website »

Ohio County

1500 Chapline Street
Wheeling, West Virginia

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

Pendleton County

100 South Main Street, PO Box 1167
Franklin, West Virginia

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

Pleasants County

301 Court Ln #101
St Marys, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 684-2202
Fax: (304) 684-7569
Pleasants County website »

Pocahontas County

900C 10th Avenue
Marlinton, West Virginia

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

Preston County

106 West Main St, Suite 202
Kingwood, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 329-1805
Fax: (304) 329-3192
Preston County website »

Putnam County

12093 Winfield Ste 3
Winfield, West Virginia

Putnam County website »

Raleigh County

215 Main St
Beckley, West Virginia

Raleigh County website »

Randolph County

2 Randolph Avenue
Elkins, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 636-0543
Fax: (304) 636-0544
Randolph County website »

Ritchie County

115 East Main Street, Room 201
Harrisville, West Virginia

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

Roane County

200 Main Street
Spencer, West Virginia

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

Summers County

120 Ballengee Street, Suite 106
Hinton, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 466-7104
Fax: (304) 466-7146
Summers County website »

Taylor County

214 West Main Street
Grafton, West Virginia

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

Tucker County

211 First Street, Suite 205
Parsons, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 478-2414
Fax: (304) 478-2217
Tucker County website »

Tyler County

Corner of Main & Court or PO Box 66
Middlebourne, West Virginia

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

Upshur County

40 West Main Street, Room 101
Buckhannon, West Virginia

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

Wayne County

700 Hendricks Street or PO Box 248
Wayne, West Virginia

Wayne County website »

Webster County

2 Court Square, Room G1
Webster Springs, West Virginia

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

Wetzel County

PO Box 156
New Martinsville, West Virginia

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

Wirt County

PO Box 53
Elizabeth, West Virginia

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

Wood County

1 Court Square or P.O. Box 1474
Parkersburg, West Virginia

Wood County website »

Wyoming County

P.O. Box 309
Pineville, West Virginia

Phone: (304) 732-8000
Fax: (304) 732-9659
Wyoming County website »