West Virginia Public Records

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.

Ask Questions, About West Virginia

  • 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)
  • 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 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)
  • Where can I find in West Virginia, people who earn wages over 65,000 per year?
    Begin with the bureau of labor statistics, they cover all state's non-farm payroll data detailed for all states. You can see earnings by industry, demographics, occupation and few other parameters. There is a webpage " Occupational Employment Statistics" it is an open view chart which you can sort by salary. (Staff)
  • How do I find out in West Virginia, charges, warrants, and arrest reports on my son?
    Check the department's arrest log, can't say without knowing the county. The WV regional jail and authority publishes arrests, some pretrial and others post conviction. You will not see charges, but you will be able to get the case number and location of the facility. The information includes whether the person in custody is a pretrial felon or misdemeanor. (Staff)
  • How can I find in West Virginia, how to obtain a full background check on a deceased family member?
    How long ago where the records? Courts can be different regarding how long they go back with their records. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in West Virginia, how to correct an error on my criminal record?
    The form: Petition for Expungement of Criminal Records Provided Under WV Code has the information in eight pages online. You can either look it up by searching the form's name or by the West Virginia Judiciary's site and search for "Expungement of Criminal Record". (Staff)
  • Where can I find in West Virginia, access to criminal records?
    You can begin by seeing which criminal records you can get on your own first before using the WV state police’s check, or other services that will do the search for you. For some criminal records, doing your own search can turn out to provide more information, such as getting an entire case file from criminal courts, requesting full police arrest reports and individuals still in custody or released from a facility. There are procedures and policies imposed by police departments and courts to provide even public records. Individual departments can also charge a fee, although relatively low, to provide public records. Is your search specific to a county? Few counties? Or the entire state of West Virginia? Many records are held by individual local departments, therefore an address search is a good starting point. However, that should not limit the search as people get arrested in various areas that would not appear in address searches. Records can either provide information that you are originally looking for, or lead to more. Remember that you are conducting your own search and there will be work going from one department/records office to another. (Staff)
  • Where can I find if someone has a warrant for their arrest in West Virginia?
    The following search are available to the public from the West Virginia State Police's website: West Virginia State Police Most Wanted West Virginia State Police Cold Case Files WV Division of Corrections Parole Absconders Web Link US Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Most Wanted FBI's Web Site with Most Wanted (Staff)

West Virginia Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/21/2021)

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West Virginia American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/21/2021)

  • About West Virginia ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates
    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.
  • About West Virginia Selected Social Characteristics
    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.
  • About West Virginia Selected Economic Characteristics
    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.
  • About West Virginia Selected Housing Characteristics
    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.