How to Obtain Birth Certificates in West Virginia
Birth certificates are helpful when you need to document your age, citizenship or legal identity. If you apply for a job, the military, school or to get a driver’s license you will be asked for a copy.
If you were born in West Virginia and you need a certified copy, you can obtain one pretty easily by following the process below.
West Virginia’s Health Statistics Center manages all vital records. They are not an “open records” state. Meaning that only specific people can access your birth record and they are:
- You if you are a legal adult.
- Your parents.
- Your grandparents.
- Your spouse.
- Your children.
- Your grandchildren.
- Your siblings.
- Anyone with a valid legal interest in the record.
First, you must complete a copy of the application. Then you can mail it in or visit them in person to get your copy.
You will need the following information to complete your application:
- Full name of the person on the record.
- Mother’s maiden name.
- Father’s full name.
- Place of birth.
- Date of birth.
- Your relationship to the party on record.
- Your name.
- Your signature.
- The number of copies.
If you choose to visit them in person, you can bring your paperwork, the fees and a copy of your photo ID to:
350 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301-3701
Processing times may be a few days to a week. The fastest way to get a copy is in person. When visiting in person, your wait may only be about fifteen minutes.
You may also order online by calling 877-448-3953.
You must also pay a non-refundable $12 fee per copy of your birth certificate. Expedited service is available with the online option only. For walk-in service, they accept cash, check or money orders.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.