County Clerk's Office

John W. Small Jr., County Clerk

The County Clerk of Berkeley County is responsible for recording and maintaining all records concerning the following:

  • Voter Registration
  • Hunting and Fishing Licenses
  • Document Recording
  • Justification of Surety
  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Death Certificates
  • Minister's License
  • Marriage Certification

Schedule of Recording Fees

Deed (without plat)
$15.00 for the first 5 pages, $1.00 for each additional page.*
Preservation fee is $1 per page for pages 1-8, $2 per page for pages 9-18,
$3 per page for pages 19-28, $4 a page for pages 29-33.

Deed of trust
$15.00 for the first 5 pages, $1.00 for each additional page.*
Preservation fee is $1 per page for pages 1-8, $2 per page for pages 9-18,
$3 per page for pages 19-28, $4 a page for pages 29-33.

Fixture Filings (UCC's)
Terminations, Continuations
Amendments only

$10.00 for the first 5 pages, $1.00 for each additional page.
$1.00 for the first 1-9 pages, $1.00 for every 10 pages thereafter*
All other goes thru Secretary of State

Plat ( 24"x 18" OR 8 1/2" X 14")
$11.00

Plat (24"x36")
$15.00

All other documents
$10.00 for the first 5 pages, $1.00 for each additional page
Preservation fee is $1 per page for pages 1-8, $2 per page for pages 9-18,
$3 per page for pages 19-28, $4 a page for pages 29-33.

* Preservation fee added to every recorded document.
* * If pages are two-sided- each side will be counted as 1 page.
* * No additional charge for a document that has more than one lien to be assigned or released.

Copying charges
$1.50 for the first 2 pages, $1.00 for each additional page.

True copy attest
$2.50 for each document
PLUS cost of copying the document

Birth, death, or marriage certificate
$5.00 each

Marriage license
$56.00

DD-214 (Service Discharge)
No charge

Marriage License Information

  • No waiting period unless they are between the ages of 16 and 18 - then it is 3 days.
    No application will be issued under 15 years of age.
  • No blood test at all.
  • Need a form of identification with a full name & birth date on it (no initials). i.e., birth
    certificate, voter's registration card, driver's license. (Since 911, no one will accept
    anything with initials on it.)
  • Application is $36 in cash if you provie a Premarital Education Certificate provided by the minister or a counselor. Without this documentation the fee is $56.00.
  • If they are residents of West Virginia, they have to apply in whatever county one of
    them lives in, but they can get married anywhere in the state of West Virginia. It
    cannot be taken to another state!!! However, if they are coming from out of state, they
    can apply anywhere in the state & get married anywhere within the state.
  • If they were married previously, a date of death or date of final divorce decree is
    necessary - month, date & year.
  • Application is only good for 60 days & is given to the couple at the time they apply.
  • They have to be married by a licensed minister (in the state of West Virginia) or a
    judge. There is no justice of the peace.
  • Applicants should arrive by 4:00 in orfer to allow sufficient time for the paperwork to be
    processed

Contact Us

Berkeley County Courthouse
100 West King Street Room 1
Martinsburg, WV 25401
(304) 264-1927