County Clerk

As Clerk of the County Commission of Wood County, let me explain what we do. It's really pretty simple: this office keeps permanent records of most legal documents that affect Wood County residents.

At the Wood County Courthouse, our 15 deputy clerks take care of your recorded marriages, births, deaths, deeds, wills, and much more.

We're open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we look forward to helping you. Stop by or call us at 304-424-1850.

Visit us in Person

The Wood County Clerk's office is located in the Wood County Courthouse in downtown Parkersburg at Third and Market Streets. The Courthouse is surrounded by the Bureau of The Public Debt, Judge Donald F. Black Annex, Blennerhassett Hotel, and the Parkersburg City Government Complex. We have offices on the first, second and fourth floors

Election & Voting Information

Voting. It's the American Way. We handle all the details of national, state, and local elections, from operating the polling places throughout the county to tallying up the votes once the polls close.

If you're new to Wood County, you'll need to register -- and that deadline is 21 days before an election. If you've recently moved within Wood County, you can also change your registration here, or at the polls on election day.

Just a Note: You must do this at your new polling place, so call us first so we can direct you to your new precinct.

We're open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we look forward to helping you. Visit us on the fourth floor of the Courthouse, or call (304) 424-1860.

Document Recording

Our major duty is to keep records of all legal agreements that affect Wood County residents. You can either mail or bring a document in person for us to record, and you can pick it up the next day or have us mail it back. Mail your documents here:

Wood County Clerk
P.O. Box 1474
Parkersburg, WV 26102

Recording fees vary, depending on the type of document and the number of pages.

Each document we record gets a book and page number, and is copied and permanently kept in our books.

We're open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we look forward to helping you. Stop by or call us at (304) 424-1870.

Schedule of Recording Fees Sales Listing Form

Finance

The Clerk's office handles the $20 million General County fund budget for the Wood County Commission, including the payroll for about 204 county employees.

We process the accounts payable for the Wood County Commission. If you're a vendor doing business with the county, we're your connection for billing questions.

Just a Note: While we do handle the county's finances, we don't handle any tax collection. If you have questions about taxes, please call the Wood County Sheriff's Tax Office at (304) 424-1910.

We're open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we look forward to helping you. Stop by or call us at (304) 424-1852.

Finance

Marriages

Planning a wedding? Looking for a marriage record? Doing some genealogical research? Here's your first stop! We can help you apply for a marriage license or prepare a copy of one that's already recorded. You can also visit us in person to search through our record books -- We have recorded marriage records for Wood County beginning in 1801.

Just a quick note: while we handle all inquiries about marriages, divorces are another matter. If you have questions about obtaining a divorce, we suggest you talk with an attorney or, if it's a no-fault divorce, check with the Circuit Clerk's Office at (304) 424-1700.

If you were married in another West Virginia County or are doing some genealogical research and need a record, click here to find that County and the information needed to contact them.

Our hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and you can reach us at (304) 424-1860.

How to Get a Certified Copy of a Marriage License:

You'll need to provide the names of the bride and groom and date of marriage. Cost for a certified copy of a marriage license is $5.00. Plus, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (for mailed copies).

If you're mailing your request, send it to:

Wood County Clerk
P.O. Box 1474
Parkersburg, WV 26102

How to Get a Marriage License

You will need the following when applying for a marriage license after June 8, 2012.

  1. Drivers license or certified copy of birth certificate.
  2. Parents full names, including the mother's maiden names, and the State where they were born.
  3. $56.00 (cash only) for the application, if you have a Certificate of Pre-Marital Counseling there is a $20.00 discount for the application.

Plus:

  1. If either of you are under 18, bring your parents or legal guardian to sign consent (they will need proper documentation and identification also). There is a three day waiting period after you apply.
  2. If either of you has been divorced, you'll need to know the date the divorce was final.
    If your divorce was final in the last sixty days you will need to bring a certified copy of the divorce decree.
  3. If one of you are a widow or widower, you'll need to know the date of your spouse's death.

And you must:

  1. Be married by someone who is authorized to perform the marriage rites in West Virginia.
  2. Be married within 60 days of the date of your marriage certificate.
  3. Be married in West Virginia.
  4. Apply in the same county where you live (if you live in West Virginia).

Probate

We'll help you administer an estate, with or without a will. Remember that the estate should be administered in the county where the person lived.

A Quick Look at Wills

When a person dies, an estate is created. Now, an estate includes property that the decedent owned, and the law requires that someone must administer the estate.

  • By the way, administration is the process of paying the decedent's outstanding debts and distributing the remaining property.
  • The person in charge of the administration is called an administrator (if there's no will) or an executor/executrix (if there is a will). Because the administrator or executor holds a position of trust, a person with either title is often called a fiduciary.

After the fiduciary is appointed to administer the estate, he or she must file an Appraisement and Inventory Form within 90 days of qualification and completing final settlement.

There is a fee to administer an estate, record and publish an appraisement, or to record a final settlement.

If there's no will, the decedent is said to have died intestate, and his property passes by statutes called the laws of intestacy.

What We Do

We don't create wills, but we do record them after someone dies. If you're interested in writing your will, we suggest you talk with an attorney. Here's a link to the West Virginia Bar Association, or check the Yellow Pages in the phone book. You have a couple of other options, too, including buying a do-it-yourself will kit at office supply stores or finding software that will help you draw up a will. If you have any questions at all about what to include or how to make sure what you have is correct, you probably should visit an attorney.

We're open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we look forward to helping you. Visit us in Room 204 or call (304) 424-1898.

If you have questions, please call. We'll do our best to help you.

How to File a Will Appraisement Form

Record Room

The first floor of the Courthouse contains deed and lien records from 1799 to the present, along with property surveys known as plats. The Assessor land books from 1945 to the present are also located on the first floor, with older books stored off site due to space.

The County Clerk’s Office does not perform title searches, but we will direct you to where the indexes and books are located to assist you in your research.

Copies of documents are $1.50 for the first two pages and $1.00 for each additional page.

FAQ's

  1. Where can I find Information on Deeds?
    The deed information is all located on the website. Go under the County Clerk link and click on the Online Document Imaging link. Or just click this link. The Online Document Imaging is the place where you will find a lot of information pertaining to marriage, lien, deed etc..
  2. How can I obtain a marriage license for people married in the past?
    The Marriage information is also online for as far back as 1960. Go under the County Clerk link and click on the Online Document Imaging link. Or just click this link. The Courthouse has the records on file back to 1801, but these records are not online. Please contact the Marriage License Office for these records by clicking here.
  3. What do I need to get a Marriage License?
    Everything you need for a marriage license is above, under Marriages.
  4. Is there a 3 day waiting period on all marriages?
    This waiting period is only if you are under the age of 18.
  5. How do I obtain a birth certificate?
    Come into room 201 of the Courthouse (located at the corner of Market and 3rd st.) with a valid ID and fill out the form. There is a $5 fee for certified copies of birth certificates.
  6. Can I get a birth certificate through the mail? (out of state people)
    Yes you need a request letter and the $5 fee (check or money order) and mail it to:
    Wood County Clerk
    P.O. Box 1474
    Parkersburg, WV 26102
  7. Can I obtain a Birth Certificate for a friend?
    No. You must be an immediate family member. Example: mother, father, brother, sister, step-parent, grandparent
  8. How to obtain Certified Copies of Documents.
    There are four ways to obtain certified copies of documents if you are eligible to receive the record. The record must be your own or you must be an immediate family member.
    The Wood County Courthouse is located at the corner of 3rd and Market Streets in Parkersburg. Deeds and Liens are located on the 1st floor. Birth, Death and Probate records are located on the 2nd floor in Room 201. Marriages, Voter Registration and Finance are located on the 4th floor.
    Certified copies of marriage, birth and death certificates are $5.00 each. Copies of other documents are $1.50 for the first two pages and $1.00 for each additional page after that.
    1. If you come to the office, you will need identification to obtain certified copies of records.
    2. You may mail a request letter or the attached form to: Mark Rhodes, Wood County Clerk, PO Box 1474, Parkersburg, WV 26102. Click here for form.

County Clerk
Mark Rhodes

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Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Mailing Address
Wood County Clerk's Office
1 Court Square
P.O. Box 1474
Parkersburg, WV 26102