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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.

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.

  • Court Name:U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the Southern District of West Virginia
    Case Number:6:18-bk-60151
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the Southern District of West Virginia
    Case Number:2:18-bk-20574
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Northern District of West Virginia
    Case Number:2:18-cv-00118
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Civil Court Records for the Southern District of West Virginia
    Case Number:3:18-cv-01453
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Southern District of West Virginia
    Case Number:1:18-cr-00269-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 14, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Northern District of West Virginia
    Case Number:1:06-cr-00101-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 14, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov

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Questions, Answers and Comments About West Virginia

  • Question: Where can I find court proceedings
    By anonymous
    Jun 03, 2017
    Reply:

    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.

    By abc123
    Nov 15, 2017
  • Question: How can I find out what time my court date is when its the weekend and no one is open
    By anonymous
    Jan 07, 2017
    Reply:

    Check the court dockets online. You can look up from the state's Supreme to county district courts.

    By AdamWest
    Nov 15, 2017
  • Question: How do I find out if someone got arrested in a drug raid?
    By dittybug
    May 25, 2017
    Reply:

    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.

    By abc123
    Oct 11, 2017
  • Question: I need to obtain an arrest record of someone that was released already. The jail removes them once they have been released. I need to see the charges.
    By TZ
    Aug 23, 2017
    Reply:

    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.

    By abc123
    Aug 23, 2017
  • Question: How do I find out if I have a warrant
    By anonymous
    Sep 15, 2016
    Reply:

    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.

    By adm
    Sep 29, 2016
  • Question: I need to get a copy of my divorce papers. Who can I talk to?
    By Erik
    Nov 14, 2015
    Reply:

    Where was the divorce filed? County?

    By a1
    Dec 21, 2015
    Reply:

    I need a copy of my divorce papers filed in Charleston, WV in Kanawha County. Where can I find those from the 1960's?

    By Cecil
    Apr 29, 2016
    Reply:

    You can try the county clerk's office directly, if it is archived, they can tell you where their archives are sent and kept. The clerk's webpages only mention providing and recording documents, but didn't see it written anywhere how far back the records go.

    By danrj
    Apr 29, 2016
  • Question: How to find out charges; son arrested tonight, no warrant presented.
    By anonymous
    Apr 21, 2016
    Reply:

    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.

    By harford
    Apr 29, 2016
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West Virginia Missing Children

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

  • Missing: Amandalee Barnett
    Amandalee Barnett, Age Now: 16, Missing: 05/12/2018. Missing From Huntington, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Huntington Police Department (west Virginia) 1-304-696-4470.
    November 13, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Gabriel Perez
    Gabriel Perez, Age Now: 16, Missing: 07/21/2018. Missing From Martinsburg, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: West Virginia State Police (martinsburg) 1-304-267-0001.
    September 24, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Jaelynn Thacker
    Jaelynn Thacker, Age Now: 16, Missing: 04/15/2018. Missing From Ceredo, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Ceredo Police Department (west Virginia) 1-304-453-1411.
    July 17, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Skylie Toney
    Skylie Toney, Age Now: 8, Missing: 06/23/2018. Missing From Hurricane, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: West Virginia Police Department (winfield) 1-304-586-2000.
    July 11, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Jazmine Cochran
    Jazmine Cochran, Age Now: 12, Missing: 05/20/2018. Missing From Ona, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Cabell County Sheriff's Office (west Virginia) 1-304-526-8663.
    May 24, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Liberty Frazier
    Liberty Frazier, Age Now: 14, Missing: 04/08/2018. Missing From Falling Waters, Wv. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: West Virginia State Police (west Virginia) 1-304-267-0001.
    April 11, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com

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
    Source: missing.report
  • Missing Person • Kara Jeffrey • Huntington, West Virginia • 21 Years Old
    May 22, 2017
    Source: missing.report

West Virginia Latest Crime Records (Updated 11/18/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    5,588
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    74
  • Rape:
    505
  • Robbery:
    651
  • Aggravated Assault:
    4,358
  • Total Property Crime:
    37,648
  • Burglary:
    8,973
  • Larceny Theft:
    26,779
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,896

West Virginia Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    1,852,994
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    1,808,344
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    3%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    44,650
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    1,808,344
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    105,976
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    386,449
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    21%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    16%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    287,557
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    1,739,988
  • State's black resident population
    63,124
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    3,787
  • State's Asian resident population
    12,406
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    428
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    27,142
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    22,268
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    1,726,256
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    94%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    93%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in West Virginia
  • Births
    21,994
  • Deaths
    21,086
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    164
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    87%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of West Virginia Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    1%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    2%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    82%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    17%
  • Total number of Veterans
    171,080
  • 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
    893,771
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    49,148
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    6%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    74%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $91,400
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    12%
  • Total number of households
    746,419
  • Average size of households
    2
  • 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
    $20,891
  • Statewide income of median households in West Virginia
    $37,423
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    18%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $53,181
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $29,385
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    797,943
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    63,374
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    8%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    921,898
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    35,278
  • People employed by the government
    152,533
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    36,277,776
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    39,351
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    39,641
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    90,727
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    2,553,258
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of West Virginia
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    120,395
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    28%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    25,080,573
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    11,036,467
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    20,538,829
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    11,340
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and West Virginia territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    2,235
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    310,031
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    3,697,606
  • Size in square miles of land
    24,078
  • Population per square mile
    77
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