In West Virginia, marriage records can be obtained from the Health Statistics Center, which is a division of the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources. They can also be ordered online from independent websites which can provide this information to the public on payment of a fee.
Who Can Order WV Marriage Records
West Virginia marriage records can only be ordered by the following individuals:
- The Bride and Groom
- Children of the Bride and Groom
- Grandchildren of the Bride and Groom
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Information Required to Order West Virginia Marriage Records
You will need to provide the following information to order a marriage record:
- Bride’s Maiden Name
- Groom’s Full Name
- City and County Where Marriage Occurred
- County Where Marriage License was Issued (if different)
ID Required to Order Marriage Records
A request to order a marriage record must be accompanied by one of the following forms of identification:
- State-issued driver’s license
- Military ID
- Photo ID card from government sponsored program
Fee to Order West Virginia Marriage Records
The fee for each copy of a West Virginia marriage record is $12.00 and this amount is nonrefundable. If the record you request is not found in the year specified, the year before and the year after will be searched. You can request additional three-year searches at a rate of $12.00 each.
Order a West Virginia Marriage Record in Person
You can place an order in person by visiting the Health Statistics Office, which is located at:
350 Capitol Street
Order a WV Marriage Record by Mail
Ordering a marriage record by mail is the slowest way to receive this information. Send your request to:
350 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301-3701
Once the office receives the request, the normal processing time is approximately five business days. Transit time once the order is mailed can vary. If the marriage record is being delivered to an address in the state, it usually takes one or two days to arrive. It’s a good idea to allow between five and seven days for delivery.
Order a West Virginia Marriage Record Online
The state does not process orders for marriage records itself. Instead, it has arranged for an independent company to process them. If you choose this payment method, you will be charged an extra processing fee as well as the standard rate for ordering a marriage record. The payment processing company accepts all major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa).
You can also place an order for a West Virginia marriage record by visiting one of the reputable websites offering this type of vital record to the public for a fee. This option gives you the flexibility to place your order on a 24/7 basis, without any extra fees. You will know what you need to pay up front and your order can be filled promptly. With so many good reasons to place an order now, why wait?