What You Can Do:
The Vital Registration Office is a division of the West Virginia Health Statistics Center. Its mission is to collect certificates of vital events such as Birth, Marriage and Death. Divorce Records, on the other hand, are not available from the State office but can be obtained at the local county where the event occurred. Only the subject, his immediate family member or those with authorization can obtain a copy of his records as these are not open to the public. Certified copies can be acquired at $12 each. All requests can be done in-person, mail, phone, fax and online. Applicants must submit a request form with its complete details accompanied with the fee and a valid ID. Obtaining these vital documents would take approximately 15 minutes for walk-in, 19 business days for mail requests and two to ten days for phone, fax and online applications.
The West Virginia State Police, Criminal Identification Bureau may provide Criminal Records or other information to any private or public agency, or person with approval of the Superintendent. Requests however must be accompanied by a written authorization signed and acknowledged by the subject. All background checks will have to go through L1 services. Walk-in services are not catered by the said office. Fingerprint-based lookups are obtainable at $20 per search. End results may take a week to process.