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 in West Virginia 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, in West Virginia?
    Check the court dockets online. You can look up from the state's Supreme to county district courts. (Staff)
  • How do I find out in West Virginia, 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 in West Virginia?
    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)