The first kind of public record that a person would encounter in his or her life would be birth records. These records are actually made before a man or a woman is born, but they are only completed after the person whom the records refer to is born because only a person who was born alive would ever have a birth record for himself. Thus, birth records are the best proof that a person is who he or she claims to be and it is advisable for a person to always has at least one copy of his or her birth records, but this ideal situation is often challenged by reality. Luckily, however, collection of birth records, such as the West Virginia Birth Records, does exist, and requesting for copies of birth records from the same is rather easy.
The people who could be issued birth records are restricted to the person so named in the record being requested or a close relative of the same. This is a security arrangement that was put into place in order to minimize, but not really to eliminate, the criminal activity that is known as identity theft. Note that this is possible because birth records do establish identity.
The primary state level agency that is responsible for releasing birth records in the state of West Virginia is the Department of Health and Human Resources. The agency was established in 1917, so the only records in the office of birth, or of anything, are records made and filed after that date. Older birth records may be found either at the state archives or at the office of the local issuing authority of the county where the birth occurred. Of the two, the preferred method would be to take the search to the state archives.
A request for a birth record at this office requires the searcher to head over to the office of the Department and to make the request there. Note that the searcher should bring with him a government issued identification card with his picture and signature to verify his identity. Now, once at the office, the searcher should request for an application form which he must then fill out as accurately as possible. Note that this application form requests the searcher to indicate his familial relation with the person in the record if he is not the same. Once the application form has been completed, the searcher should submit the form along with the required fee to the clerk. The required fee is twelve dollars per copy of a birth record.
There are also birth records available online through a number of online databases. Although most are unaffiliated with the government, these databases provide the same information as these databases, albeit at a faster and more efficient manner than the government databases. There are also some online databases that do not charge anything for the use of their databases, and, as with all internet searches, these online databases could be used from the comfort of the home of the searcher without the need to fall in line.
Birth Records West Virginia
The procedure below must be followed when requesting for birth records at the state level
- Head over to the Division of Vital Records, Department of Health and Human Resources
- Request a birth record application form from a clerk on duty.
- Fill up the form as accurately as possible. Note that you must supply your familial relation with the person named in the records you are requesting for if you are not the one referred to by the records.
- Present your identification card with your picture and signature and any other proof that may be required by the clerk.
- Once the clerk is satisfied, you would be asked to pay the required fee.
- After paying the required fee, wait two to four hours for the birth record to be issued to you.
West Virginia Birth Certificate
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