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How to Get a Birth Certificate in West Virginia?

Birth records are needed as proof of a person’s age. When one joins school or applies for a passport or driving license, it is required to produce the birth certificate to verify the age. The birth certificate is one of the important public records. When a child is born, the birth certificate needs to be obtained from the department concerned in the state, which may be the health department or vital records department. A birth certificate can be obtained anytime by applying to the department concerned.

How to get a Birth Certificate in West Virginia

West Virginia birth records can be obtained from the Vital Registration Office in West Virginia. The department maintains the records of all births in the state. Those requiring a birth certificate can follow the guidelines mentioned below to obtain it.

a) Who can obtain the certificate?

To order a birth certificate in West Virginia you must be one of the following:

  • The person whose name appears on the birth certificate
  • The parents or grandparents of the person
  • The spouse, children, or grandchildren of the person
  • Siblings of the person
  • Any person who has a legal interest in obtaining the certificate and has due authorization

How to Get a Birth Certificate in West Virginia
b) Fees charged by the department

The West Virginia birth certificate can be collected by applying for it and paying the requisite fees. The fees are as follows:

  • $12, if you order the certificate through mail.
  • $30.50 for orders through the internet or phone (this does not include shipping charges). An additional $5 can be paid for quick processing of applications if you need the certificate urgently.
  • You can apply in person, for which the fee will be $12.

If the computerized search based on your application does not help to find your certificate, then an additional search is made for which an additional fee of $12 for every three years will be charged.

c) Applying for the certificate

You can apply for the state of West Virginia birth certificate in person by visiting the office on 350, Capital Street, Washington, WV. You need to fill the application and provide all the details. Identification proof needs to be provided. This includes the driving license, passport, military ID card, or any government photo ID card. If you do not have any of these, you need to produce two other identifications from credit card, vehicle registration, social security card, or utility bill. You can pay the fee by cash, check, or money order.

 West Virginia Birth Records

Applying for a birth certificate can be done through the mail. The application form can be downloaded from https://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/forms.asp The form needs to be filled in completely and sent along with the fee payable by check or money order. The identification proof copy needs to be enclosed with the application. The completed application needs to be mailed to:

Vital Registration

Room 165

350 Capitol Street

Charleston, West Virginia 25301-3701

Applying online can be done by visiting the website of VitalChek who is authorized to process online applications. One can visit the webpage http://www.vitalchek.com/Campaign?site=2&clickid=599542134185984002 to fill the application online, attach the copy of the identification document, and pay the fee using a credit card.

The process can be done on the phone by following the instructions given by the operator. Identification details and credit card details need to be provided over the phone to complete the transaction. The number to call is (877) 448 3953.

d) Processing time

If you apply in person, you can get the certificate within 15 minutes. If you apply online or by phone, it takes between two to ten days. Getting the certificate by applying through mail takes five to nineteen days, depending on your location.

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