Senate Bill 208 History
Senate Bill No. 208
(By Senator Harrison)
[Introduced February 17, 2005; referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
to establishing a marriage license discount if the applicants
show proof of a certificate of completion of an approved
premarital counseling course.
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §59-1-10a
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §59-1-10a
, to read as
ARTICLE 1. FEES AND ALLOWANCES.
§59-1-10a. Marriage license discount.
(a) A county shall discount a marriage license fee under
section ten of this article if the couple to be married has
completed, within one year before the date of the application for the license, a premarital counseling course that meets the
(1) Conflict management; (2) communication skills; (3)
financial responsibilities; (4) children and parenting
responsibilities; and (5) consists of at least four hours of
(b) A premarital counseling course may be conducted by a
clinical professional counselor licensed in the state or any person
listed on the registry to perform marriages in the Secretary of
(c) A premarital counseling course provider shall provide to
each couple who completes the course a certificate of completion
that specifies: (1) The names of the couple; (2) the name of the
provider; and (3) the date of completion of the course.
(d) To receive a discounted marriage license fee under this
section an applicant for a license must verify completion of a
premarital counseling course by presenting to the clerk of the
county commission a valid certificate of course completion issued
in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.
(e) The amount of the discount is twenty percent of the
marriage license fee. The discount shall be taken to offset the
portion of fees not yet dedicated in section ten, article one,
chapter fifty-nine of this code from the regular marriage license
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to establish a marriage
license discount for applicants who complete an approved premarital
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.