West Virginia Birth Records Search

West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources collects and maintains all WV birth records for the state.

The state does not consider birth records to be “open” public records so they keep them confidential and only the following people can get a copy of yours: you, if you are a legal adult, your parents, grandparents, siblings, your spouse, children, and grandchildren or a legal representative.

Along with your application and fees, you have to prove your identity using one of the following forms of photo ID: driver’s license, state or Federal ID, passport, military ID, School ID or a prison ID.

If you are unable to supply one of the above, you can bring two forms of the secondary identification below to prove you are who you are: a credit card, car registration, a social security card, utility bill with your name and address on it.

You will also need to have the following information:

  • Name of person on the certificate.
  • Date of birth.
  • Mother’s full maiden name.
  • Father’s full name.
  • Place of birth (city and county).
  • Gender.
  • Hospital name.
  • Your relationship to the person listed on the record.

Types of WV Birth Records

The state offers only certified copies of birth records for you to purchase. A certified copy is legal for you to prove your identity when applying for a driver’s license, passport, to school or joining the military.

There are also situations when interacting with potential business, legal or government agencies where you need a copy of your birth certificate.

State Population

The state’s current population is 1.80 million people. It is the 38th most populated state in America.

The state has a total surface area of 24,230 square miles with an average of 77.1 people living per square mile. This makes it the 29th most densely populated state in the country.

None of West Virginia’s cities have more than 100,000 people. Charleston is the largest city with just under 50,000.

WV became a State on June 20, 1863.


State Population
1 birth every 1653 seconds

1 death every 2480 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in West Virginia. The total population of West Virginia is estimated at 1,828,637 people with 904,288 male and 924,349 female. There are 20,061 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.55% of the total population.

The West Virginia Gender Ratio is 98 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.98. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

West Virginia Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 11.03 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 19,079 total births — the lowest in West Virginia history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 19,079, 0.48% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than West Virginia

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than West Virginia Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than West Virginia
Connecticut - 9.29Oklahoma - 13.53
Rhode Island - 9.04Texas - 14.03
Maine - 9.84Delaware - 11.55
Vermont - 9.35Wyoming - 12.61
Florida - 10.28South Dakota - 14.32

Top 5 Counties in West Virginia with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in West Virginia with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in West Virginia with the highest birth rate
Kanawha County - 10.57Berkeley County - 12.27
Berkeley County - 12.27Kanawha County - 10.57

Fertility Rate in WV

In West Virginia the fertility rate based on historical data went from 61.33 to 60.01 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 58.22 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 26.22 to 27.19.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of West Virginia are Berkeley County - 62.91, Kanawha County - 59.45 .

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a West Virginia Birth Certificate

You can request a West Virginia birth records search and certificate by mail or in person. The state charges $12 per copy. This fee is non-refundable regardless of whether or not the birth record lookup returns any results. You cannot pay with a credit card, but there is an ATM in the building you can use to get cash.

For walk-in service, you can pay with cash, check or money order. You can get your certificate within 15 minutes this way. You can visit them at 350 Capitol Street, Charleston, NC.

If you choose to order by mail, your copy will be mailed to you within five days but could take up to 19 days.

You may also use the VitalChek system to perform West Virginia birth records search online, by fax or phone. They charge $30.50 for standard service and $35.50 for expedited. You must also pay shipping charges with this method.

West Virginia Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $12.00
Organization: Vital Registration Office
Address:Room 165; 350 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301-3701
Remarks: State office was established in 1917. Earlier records may be on file at the state office as “delayed certificates” if they were placed on file after 1917 and were not already on file in a county clerk’s office. Both offices may need to be queried but it is recommended that for births before 1917 that county offices be queried first. Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vital Registration. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (304) 558-2931. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources website..