Welcome to the Raleigh County Clerk’s Office

Welcome to the online home for the Raleigh County Clerk’s Office.

The County Clerk is elected to six year terms of office and is responsible for the management of records for the County, the County Commission and serves as the Chief Voter Registration/County Election Officer. The Clerk’s primary responsibilities center around two basic functions: to act as clerk (fiscal Officer) of the Raleigh County Commission and to act as the receiver of fees charged for the instruments filed and recorded within the County.

The Clerk’s duties include recording deeds, liens, births, marriages, deaths and other judgments, and to record and probate wills, other related probate documents and to assist in administration of estates. In addition, the clerk is responsible for registering eligible voters, maintaining the voter registration records, maintaining custody and integrity of the county’s voting machines, obtaining and training poll workers and counting ballots, preparing the ballot, receiving filing for county elective offices, and conducting absentee voting.

The Clerk maintains payroll for all county employees, receives all accounts, pays county debts, maintains the county’s financial statements and maintains all orders/minutes of and from the County Commission. The Clerk’s duties include recording deeds, liens, births, marriages, deaths, judgments, recording and probating wills and other related probate documents. The Clerk is also responsible for assisting in administration of estates and providing a secretary to the Civil Service Commission.


Scott Van Meter, County Clerk

You may visit the Raleigh County Courthouse (Clerk’s Office) to obtain a copy.  Please note, a state issued photo identification is required and there is a $5.00 fee.  Alternately, you can request a copy via USPS by submitting a completed application, found in our Document Center here, along with required identification, applicable fee, and postage.  All pertinent information is available on the application.

In order to apply for a marriage license, couples must schedule an appointment; appear together at the Raleigh County Clerk’s Office; present valid identification and other information.  A complete list of requirements and additional details can be found here.

Deeds, Trust Deeds, Liens and other documents regarding the transfer of property are considered public information. If you wish to obtain a copy of any recorded document you may do so in person or make a request by mail.  There is a fee for document copies; for recording; for certification and postage (if applicable) based on the number of pages. A list of fees can be found here.

Those records are made available to the public and may be obtained by a visit to our office.  Please note that the Raleigh County Clerk’s Office is not able to advise if your property is free of liens, this office can simply advise what records can be seen upon a specific search.  An Attorney will need to provide certification of a clear title to your property.

There is a lot of information available on our Voter Registration/Elections page.  You will find links to resources that will help you find out if you are registered to vote and/or view your registration. 

You can update your voter registration and find other voter information at www.govotewv.com.

Please visit our Probate page for information regarding Wills, Estate Administration, and more. Probate forms can be found in our Document Center.

We are located at:

Raleigh County Courthouse
215 Main Street
Beckley WV 25801

Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:00.

Minimum qualifications required for the entry-level position: be between the ages of 18 and 45; a high school diploma or GED; pass all three aspects of the physical fitness test; pass the written examination (a 70 is considered passing); and undergo a complete background investigation.  

Effective July 1, 2024, entry-level Raleigh County Deputy Sheriff beginning salary range is $50,620.00 to $52,420.00.  The job duties of a Deputy Sheriff are, but not limited to, road patrol, investigations, court security, school resource officer, and home confinement. 

CURRENTLY HIRING!  All persons interested in this position are encouraged to submit a completed application, along with all required documentation, by June 21, 2024 at 4:30 P.M. 

You will find the complete application packet here, which includes:

There is a $5,000.00 sign on bonus for West Virginia Certified Officers possessing a current certification.