West Virginia Public Records

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About West Virginia Open Public Record

The West Virginia statute for state public records is the Freedom of Information Act, enacted to provide access to the documents and information generated in the daily operation of state government. This would apply to records generated by all state, county, and municipal agencies. These records may be requested in writing from the West Virginia State Treasurer's office. The state treasurer's office details online the request process and the documents available under the state Freedom of Information Act. West Virginia was admitted to the union in 1863, one of the only two states formed during the American Civil War. West Virginia boasts a population of almost 1.9 million people and is located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain range. The largest city and capital is Charleston. There are fifteen other cities within the state having a population of more than 10,000 residents. West Virginia is divided into 55 counties. Coal is the major resource and industry in the state. The West Virginia State Police are responsible for maintaining and issuing criminal background checks and records. There is a plethora of West Virginia public records readily available online. Request criminal records, learn about most wanted fugitives and inmate information from the state police. The Department of Health and Human Services is a great resource for birth, death and marriage records. Learn how the laws of the state are adjudicated in the West Virginia judicial system. Explore the possibility of living in West Virginia by examining the housing and real estate data. You may also want to look at the income and earnings for the residents of the state. Get an idea of the economy of the state by looking at the abundance of information on business statistics for West Virginia. Check out the ins and outs of the county governments and services as well as the endless possibilities the individual cities of West Virginia have to offer. Come back to this site regularly to check for new sources are the most current services.
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West Virginia Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

West Virginia Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About West Virginia

  • Where can I find court proceedings ?
    You can check filings by using the search for underneath [West Virginia Free Court Records Search] for federal cases. For lower circuit courts, you'll need to check with that particular county or court of jurisdiction. The searches may not even be online and you may required to go to the physical location's records department. (Staff)
  • How can I find out what time my court date is if it's the weekend and nothing is open?
    Check the court dockets online. You can look up from the state's Supreme to county district courts. (Staff)
  • How do I find out if someone got arrested?
    You can find arrests and police activity in various department logs as well as through periodicals such as news reports that are published regularly. Depending on the county or city, you can also view persons in custody. The West Virginia regional jail and correctional facility authority has a web page which provides pubic searches for inmates and daily incarcerations. These searches also include mug shots of people that are being held in custody. (Staff)
  • How do I obtain an arrest record of someone that was released already in West Virginia?
    You can either check court records in the county (if you know the county), or run a background check and look up the state at once. Depending on how thorough you want to be, you can even go to the court house in person and look at the entire case file. Criminal case filings are public records and open for inspection by anyone other than a few exceptions such as if it was sealed by the courts. (Staff)
  • How do I find out if I have a warrant?
    Depends on the county or court which issued it. Kanawha County Sheriff's webpage has an open online warrant search anyone can look up. Nicholas county sheriffs in Summersville WV also has an open warrants search. (Staff)

West Virginia Missing Children


Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Amandalee Ferguson Barnett
    Amandalee Ferguson Barnett, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/20/2020. Missing From Dunbar, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Kanawha County Sheriff's Office (west Virginia) 1-304-357-0169.
    August 30, 2020
  • Missing: Cole Lovejoy
    Cole Lovejoy, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/13/2020. Missing From Kingwood, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Preston County Sheriff's Office (west Virginia) 1-304-329-1611.
    August 24, 2020
  • Missing: Johnathan Adams
    Johnathan Adams, Age Now: 14, Missing: 07/12/2020. Missing From Augusta, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Hampshire County Sheriff's Office (west Virginia) 1-304-822-3894.
    July 20, 2020
  • Missing: Jonathan Adams
    Jonathan Adams, Age Now: 14, Missing: 07/12/2020. Missing From Augusta, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Hampshire County Sheriff's Office (west Virginia) 1-304-822-3894.
    July 16, 2020
  • Missing: Kaci Davis
    Kaci Davis, Age Now: 16, Missing: 06/13/2020. Missing From Holden, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: West Virginia State Police (logan, West Virginia).
    June 24, 2020
  • Missing: Tabitha Witemore
    Tabitha Witemore, Age Now: 17, Missing: 05/27/2020. Missing From Hambleton, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Tucker County Sheriff's Office (west Virginia) 1-304-478-2321.
    May 28, 2020

West Virginia Recent Criminal Activity Reports


Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

West Virginia Missing People


Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Updated: Missing Person • David Thompson • Morgantown, West Virginia • 23 Years Old
    May 23, 2017
  • Missing Person • Kara Jeffrey • Huntington, West Virginia • 21 Years Old
    May 22, 2017

West Virginia Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/28/2020)

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West Virginia American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 09/28/2020)

  • West Virginia's demographic and housing ACS survey of 1,853,881 being 0.59 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.3% males and 50.7% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The West Virginia social characteristics data of 742,359 households, which make up 0.64 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 481,812 families with and without children. There are 416,089 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The West Virginia American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 1,513,749 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 0.61 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 820,262 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • West Virginia housing characteristics are collected from 883,197 dwellings making up 0.67 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 742,359 or uninhabited 140,838 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 742,359 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

West Virginia Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in West Virginia
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of West Virginia Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in West Virginia
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    25 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • West Virginia Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
  • Statewide income of median households in West Virginia
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of West Virginia
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and West Virginia territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile