How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in West Virginia?
Often long after you are divorced, you will need a copy of your divorce certificate, and it may be confusing or difficult to find one. These documents are useful for validating your identity, name change, and marital status. If you were divorced in Virginia, you can obtain one by following the process below.
To obtain a copy of your divorce certificate in Virginia, you have to contact the courthouse where your original divorce took place. You must call, write to or visit the court clerk’s office and obtain an application, fill it out and either drop it off or mail it back with your fee.
At the bare minimum, you will need the following information to apply for a copy, but each county varies so additional information or documents may apply:
- Your full name, address, and phone number.
- A copy of a valid photo ID.
- Full name of husband.
- Full name of wife (including maiden name).
- Date of the divorce.
- The number of copies requested.
- Your relationship with either party.
- County where the divorce took place.
You may also visit or write to the Vital Statistics office to obtain a copy.
Vital Registration Office
350 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301-3701
This office has copies going back to 1968, but they are not able to supply a certified copy. You have to visit the courthouse for that type of record.
The fee varies by county, but the cost for other vital records in Virginia is $12 per copy. There may be an additional charge for expedited service or overnight mailing.
You may also use a service like VitalChek to do an online search and request a copy of your divorce certificate through them. They offer expedited services, and you can pay with a credit card.
Another option is to contact your original divorce lawyer and get a copy from them. They are required by law to keep legal documents for some number of years. If they don’t have yours on file, they can get a copy for you.