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Marriage Records/Licenses

Marriage Records

Cabell County marriage records date back to 1809. 

Marriage records must be 50 years old before the general public can obtain a certificate.  However, actual marriage applications are not open to the general public.

Who can obtain a marriage certificate?

The parties involved, his or her immediate family, guardians, or legal representatives.

Immediate family includes:  mother or father, son or daughter, brother or sister, husband or wife, mother-in-law or father-in-law, son-in-law or daughter-in-law, grandparents, grandchildren, stepmother or stepfather, stepchild

Identification Requirements:  A picture I.D. is required and includes a State Issued I.D., Driver’s License, Work I.D., Student I.D., etc.

Fee for Certified Copy:  $5.00

Marriage Licenses

Requirements for Obtaining a Marriage License

Applying for Marriage License

  • No appointments necessary.  Walk-ins are welcome from 9:30am to 3:30pm.
  • Parties must come to the County Clerk’s office together to apply.
  • Parties must fill out and sign a Marriage License Application.
  • Parties must present valid identification with proof of age (Ex:  Driver’s License, State Identification, Passport or U.S. Armed Forces Identification)
  • Non-Citizens:  If one or both applicants are residents of a foreign country and do not have a social security card, then they must present a Green Card, Work Visa, Passport, Tourist, or Visitor Visa Number.
  • Parties must provide Social Security Number.  If the applicant(s) are residents of a foreign country and do not have a Social Security Number, they must present a green card, work visa, passport, or a tourist/visitor visa number.
  • The fee for obtaining a Marriage License, without pre-marriage counseling, is $57 .00
  • The fee for obtaining a Marriage License, with pre-marriage counseling, is $37.00 and proof of marriage counseling must be presented when an application for a license is made. The premarital education course completion certificates must be dated within one year of the application for marriage, on letterhead, and signed by the minister or counselor. 
  • Parties must provide Mother's and Father's full names (First, Middle, and Last Name, including Mother's maiden name) and place of birth (City, State, and Country). 
  • If either party has been previously married, they must provide the exact month, day, and year that the previous marriage ended and indicate if was by death or divorce. 
  • An applicant under 18 but at least 16 years of age may not marry an applicant over 4 years older. 
  • An applicant who is under the age of 18 but who is at least 16 years of age must give his/her signed acknowledgement that he/she is freely and voluntarily choosing to enter into a marriage and not under duress or coercion by another person. 
  • An applicant under 18 but at least 16 must have written, notarized consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian and that person/persons must be present when the license is applied for. Please check with the Vital Statistics in the Cabell County Clerk's office with further questions. 
Marriage License are:

Issued while you wait, effective immediately after issued, valid for 60 days, effective only in West Virginia, must be married by a minister that is registered in the State of West Virginia or Judicial Judge, and no blood test is required.

Fees are paid by Cash or Card