County Clerk

​​Elections

Document Search

Estates

Marriages​


County Clerk is a countywide elected position. T​​he Clerk has two main functions – to act as the Clerk of the County Commission and as the 

Chief Elections Officer for the county.


As Clerk of the County Commission, the Clerk’s office is the “official record keeper” of the county; recording official copies of a wide range of documents including births, marriages, deaths, wills, deeds, mortgages, releases and many more.  The office also handles all probate matters and administering of estates as well as maintains many of the county’s financial records.



As Chief Electi​ons Officer of the county, the County Clerk is also responsible for matters related to voting and elections such as registering voters and maintaining those voter registrations, ensuring the integrity and custody of all voting materials, and preparing all materials for elections from ballots to poll books.  

 

You can now search our index online! 

Fayette Coun​ty Clerk Document Search


Some of the records available online include:

Births (2016-present)**

County Commission Documents (starting 2021)

Deaths (2016-present)**

Deeds (1987-present)

Deeds of Trust

Fiduciary Documents

Leases

Liens

Marriages**

Probate Documents

Releases

Wills


NEW FEE SCHEDULE JULY​ 2021​​

The WV Legislature recently passed HB2915, "AN ACT to amend and reenact §5A-8-15 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to public records management and preservation; to increase available funds in the Public Records and Preservation Revenue Account to administer a system of records management and preservation for county governments and for grants to counties for records management, access, and preservation purposes."  

It raises the recording fee on most documents under 5 pages​ by $1.00 and will funds grants for counties to preserve and maintain records.  


If you have any questions on the recording cost of a document please do not hesistate to contact us.

 

Copies may be purchased for a nominal  fee – payable at the time of printing with any major credit card.

 

*unless otherwise noted, records are available from 1993-present

**These only show limited information -to obtain copies of these documents, please call 304-574-4226 for more information.


Small Estate Forms​

WVSmallEstateInstructions.pdf
​​WVSmallEstatewithWill.pdf
​​WVSmallEstatewithoutWill.pdf



Applying for a Marriage License
Before getting married in West Virginia or Fayette County, couples must obtain a marriage license together, in person, from the County Clerk's Office.

Eligibility: Marriage is designed to be a loving and lifelong union between two people.  The laws of this state affirm your right to enter into a marriage and live within the marriage free from violence and abuse.  Neither of you is the property of the other.  Physical abuse, sexual abuse, battery and assault of a spouse or other family member, as well as other provisions of the criminal laws of this state, are applicable to spouses and other family members and violations thereof are punishable by law.

Individuals wishing to marry must:

  • not be blood relatives
  • be 18 years of age or older

Individuals who reside out of state may not apply for a marriage license in West Virginia if such a marriage would not be legal in their home state.

If either party resides in West Virginia, the couple must apply in the county where he/she resides, but may be married anywhere in the state.

Exceptions: Under state law, applicants who are 16 and 17 years old may obtain a marriage license with parental consent. If a court-appointed legal guardian is providing consent, a certified copy of the appointment is required. Either the parents or the legal guardians must provide a notarized affidavit of consent of the marriage at that time. Underage applicants must provide valid identification, and are subject to a three-day waiting period.

Applicants who are 16 or 17 must present a certified copy of their birth certificate.

Applying: In order to apply for a marriage license, couples must:

To save time in our office; print and fill out this form for each applicant  ​Marriage Application.pdf

  • appear together at the Fayette County Courthouse.
  • fill out and sign a marriage license application  
  • present valid identifications with proof of age
  • pay a $57 fee 
    • Note: this fee is reduced to $37 if the applicants present a premarital education course completion certificate dated within one year of the application of marriage license. This class must be completed before applying for a marriage license in order to get the reduced fee. No refunds will be issued for classes taken after the marriage license application date.
  • provide social security numbers
  • provide mothers' and fathers' full names at birth - first, middle and last - plus state or foreign country, of their births

Applicants who have been previously married must provide the exact month, day and year that the previous marriage ended; indicate whether it was by death, divorce or annulment, and provide a divorce decree dated within one year of the divorce.

Timelines and Restrictions: Marriage licenses are:

  • issued while you wait
  • effective immediately after issued
  • valid for 60 days
  • effective only in West Virginia

A couple may be married either by a minister that is registered in the State of West Virginia or a judicial judge. It is the couple's responsibility to make these arrangements.

After the Marriage Ceremony: The individual(s) performing the ceremony must complete the marriage license and mail or deliver it to Fayette County Clerk's Office.

For a fee of $5 per copy and pertinent information (both parties' full names and date of marriage) you may obtain a copy of your marriage certificate at the 

Civil Ceremony in Fayette CountyPLEASE NOTE:  The Fayette County Courthouse does not have onsite officials who will perform walk-in civil marriages.  You may call the Clerk's office at 304-574-4226 or 304-574-4235 for a list of local civil officiants and contact information.  

 

Religious Officials: All religious officials performing marriages in the State of West Virginia are required to file with the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office. Registration packets can be obtained by calling the Secretary of State's Office toll free at (866) 767-8683 or visiting their website wvsos.com.

It is the responsibility of the religious official to keep a record of each marriage performed, which must be kept as a permanent record.

Acceptable Forms of Identification and Proof of Age for Marriage License

  • unexpired or expired state issued driver's license, or certified birth certificate from the county or state, or-
  • passport, visa, national identity cards issued by US government to foreign nationals, military or photo ID card (NO business IDs, NO student IDs​






Michelle Holly
100 Court Street, Suite 1
Post Office Box 569
Fayetteville, West Virginia 25840
Telephone: (304) 574-4225
Fax:  (304) 574-4335

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