Senate Bill No. 528
(By Senators Laird, Stollings, Unger,
Helmick and Green)
[Passed May 28, 2009; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact §59-1-10 of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, relating to certain fees collected by clerks
of the county commission; creating a new recording fee for the
recording of certain trustee's reports of sale; providing for
the distribution of certain fees paid to the clerk of the
county commission; and redirecting a portion of funds
currently retained by the county clerks to county general
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §59-1-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. FEES AND ALLOWANCES.
§59-1-10. Fees to be charged by clerk of county commission.
For the purpose of this section, the word "page" is defined as
being a paper or electronic writing of not more than legal size, 8
1/2" x 14".
The clerk of the county commission shall charge and collect
the following fees:
(a) When a writing is admitted to record, for receiving proof
of acknowledgment thereof, entering an order in connection
therewith, endorsing clerk's certificate of recordation thereon and
indexing in a proper index, where the writing is a:
(1) Deed of conveyance (with or without a plat), trust deed,
fixture filing or security agreement concerning real estate lease,
(2) Trustee's report of sale for any property for which
additional information and filing requirements are required by
section eight-a, article one, chapter thirty-eight of this code,
$40, provided that $20 of each recording fee received pursuant to
this subdivision shall be deposited into the county's general
revenue fund and $20 of each of the aforesaid recording fees shall
be paid by the county clerk to the State Treasurer quarterly and
deposited in the Banking Commissioner's fund to cover its expenses
in aggregating, collecting and publishing the data.
(3) Financing, continuation, termination or other statement or
writing permitted to be filed under chapter forty-six of this code,
(4) Plat or map (with no deed of conveyance), $10.
(5) Service discharge record, no charge.
(6) Any document or writing other than those referenced in
subdivisions (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) of this subsection, $10.
(7) If any document or writing contains more than five pages,
for each additional page, $1.
For any of the documents admitted to record pursuant to this
subsection, if the clerk of the county commission has the technology available to receive these documents in electronic form
or other media, the clerk shall set a reasonable fee to record
these writings not to exceed the cost for filing paper documents.
(8) Of the fees collected pursuant to subdivision (1),
subsection (a) of this section, $10 shall be deposited in the
county general fund in accordance with section twenty-eight of this
article and $1 shall be deposited in the county general fund and
dedicated to the operation of the county clerk's office. Four
dollars of the fees collected pursuant to subdivision (1),
subsection (a) of this section and $5 of the fees collected
pursuant to subdivision (6), subsection (a) of this section shall
be paid by the county clerk into the State Treasury and deposited
in equal amounts for deposit into the Farmland Protection Fund
created in article twelve, chapter eight-a of this code for the
benefit of the West Virginia Agricultural Land Protection Authority
and into the Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund created in article
two-g, chapter five-b of this code: Provided, That the funds
deposited in the State Treasury pursuant to this subdivision may
only be used for costs, excluding personnel costs, associated with
purpose of land conservation, as defined in subsection (f), section
seven, article two-g, chapter five-b of this code.
(b) For administering any oath other than oaths by officers
and employees of the state, political subdivisions of the state or
a public or quasi-public entity of the state or a political
subdivision of the state, taken in his or her official capacity,
(c) For issuance of marriage license and other duties
pertaining to the marriage license (including preparation of the
application, administrating the oath, registering and recording the
license, mailing acknowledgment of minister's return to one of the
licensees and notification to a licensee after sixty days of the
nonreceipt of the minister's return), $35.
(1) One dollar of the marriage license fee received pursuant
to this subsection shall be paid by the county clerk into the State
Treasury as a state registration fee in the same manner that
license taxes are paid into the Treasury under article twelve,
chapter eleven of this code;
(2) Fifteen dollars of the marriage license fee received
pursuant to this subsection shall be paid by the county clerk into
the State Treasury for the Family Protection Shelter Support Act in
the same manner that license taxes are paid into the Treasury under
article twelve, chapter eleven of this code;
(3) Ten dollars of the marriage license fee received pursuant
to this subsection shall be deposited in the Courthouse Facilities
Improvement Fund created by section six, article twenty-six,
chapter twenty-nine of this code.
(d) (1) For a copy of any writing or document, if it is not
otherwise provided for, $1.50.
(2) If the copy of the writing or document contains more than
two pages, for each additional page, $1.
(3) For annexing the seal of the commission or clerk to any
(4) For a certified copy of a birth certificate, death certificate or marriage license, $5.
(e) For copies of any record in electronic form or a medium
other than paper, a reasonable fee set by the clerk of the county
commission not to exceed the costs associated with document search