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West Virginia Vital Records

Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.

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Vital Registration, Division of Health
350 Capitol St, Rm. 165
Charleston, WV 25301-3701
(304) 558-2931
Info:  (304) 558-2931
Fax: (304) 343-2169

Births  $5.00

In terms of obtaining vital records, West Virginia is not an “open record” state. Access to certified copies of birth certificates is restricted to the following individuals:

In addition, a legal representative of one of the above or an authorized government agency may obtain a certified copy.

Those who do not meet one of the above categories, but who can demonstrate a direct or tangible interest in the record should contact the office directly for instructions.

If you have questions, please call  (304) 558-2931  between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM eastern time.

Birth Certificate Request Form
Or: PDF format form (requires Adobe Acrobat 3.0(+)).

Deaths  $5.00

Certificates will only be issued to the next of kin or to persons with a legal right to the certificate. If you have questions concerning the right to obtain a copy of a death certificate, please contact the Vital Registration Program at  (304) 558-2931 .

Death Certificate Request Form
Or: PDF format form (requires Adobe Acrobat 3.0(+)).

Marriage and Divorces