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West Virginia - Free Public Records

When available, records can be searched either by accessing free public records online via the record holders database or by requesting a copy from the agency holding the record - usually for a small fee.  Or, you can check out someone's background online right now using our connections to a worldwide network of databases.
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Driving Records

Department of Motor Vehicles
Driving Records
1800 Washington Street East
Charleston WV 25317

Driving records are available by mail. Fee per request. Turnaround time is 24 hours. Written request must include full name and license number.

State Vehicle Information

Department of Motor Vehicles
Titles & Registration Division
1800 Washington Street East
Charleston WV 25317

Fee per request. Complete state file can be purchased.

Worker's Compensation

Worker's Compensation
1124 Smith St
Charleston, WV 25301

Worker's Compensation records concerning current employees only is available by phone or mail. Information may not be used for pre-employment screening purposes. Written request should include the employee's full name. SSN, and a photocopy of the applicant's signed W-4 form A signed release is required.

Accountancy Board

West Virginia Board of Accountancy
Charleston, West Virginia 25301-2617

Will confirm license by phone. No fee. Include name.

Secretary of State

Secretary of State Corporation Division
State Capitol
Charleston WV 25305

Service agent and address, date incorporated, standing with tax commission, trade names are available by phone or mail.

Vital Statistics

West Virginia Division of Vital Statistics
Bureau of Public Health
Capitol Complex, Building 3
Charleston, WV 25305

Birth and death records are available for a fee. State office has birth records since. 1917, and death records since 1853. For earlier records, write to Clerk of Court, Commission of Kanawha County. Anyone can obtain records with a written release.

Marriage and Divorce Records

Kanawha Clerk's Office
Charleston WV 25332
Phone: (304) 357-0130 Ext. 0241

Marriage records are available for a fee. Certified copies from 1064 are available. Prior to 1964 contact county clerk in county when license was issued. Include name, marriage date, and spouse's name. Turnaround time is three to four days,

Divorce records from 1968 are available from state office. Records prior to 1968 are available at county level circuit clerk. Include name, spouse's name, and if known, civil action number.

Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Law Enforcement Division
Department of natural Resources
State Office Building
Capitol Complex Building #3
Charleston, WV 25305

Boat Registration

Law Enforcement Division
Department of natural Resources
State Office Building
Capitol Complex Building #3
Charleston, WV 25305

Child Support Enforcement

Child Support Enforcement Division
Department of Health & Human Resources
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Capitol Complex, Building 6
Charleston, WV 25305

Adoption Records
law http://www.legis.state.wv.us/WVCODE/Code.cfm?chap=48&art=23

Department of Welfare
1900 Washington St E
Charleston WV 25305

State Reunion Registry

West Virginia Mutual Consent Voluntary Adoption Registry
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services
Kay Chambers
Office of Social Services
350 Capitol Street, Room 691
Charleston, WV 25301-3704

Archives/Record Holdings

Department of Culture & History
Culture Center
Charleston WV 25305

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VA Office
Charleston, WV 25301-1400

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County Jail Inmate Locator

Department of Justice, Federal Prison System

Use this page to locate a Federal inmate incarcerated from 1982 to present
For information on Federal inmates released before 1982: Released Before 1982 Page.

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