The Vital Records Department of West Virginia is responsible for the registration of public records in the state. You may need West Virginia public records to prove a legal issue or to piece together the puzzle of a family tree. Another important reason to search through public records is to find background information about someone in your life. You may request a vital record in West Virginia by sending a form to the following address:
West Virginia Vital Registration Office
Division of Health State
350 Capitol St.; Rm. 157
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
Phone: (304) 558-2931
Most West Virginia public records search fees are from $5 to $35, depending on the type of record you need. Since the Internet, it’s been easier to find public records by using state or private sites. These sites have the power to search through volumes of data in a very short amount of time and send a report to your private email addressed. Almost every aspect about a person’s past can be researched on the ‘net’ to help you make a decision about letting a person enter your life – or not. Today, people have more of an opportunity to scam you by fraud than ever. Like it or not, we must check out the backgrounds of new people in our lives.
Sometimes it’s difficult to glean information from a state-based search. It takes much time and effort, and the data may not be as accurate and up-to-date as you need and want. Another way to search through public records is to use a private, fee-based online site. These sites offer reasonable fees and, with some basic information about the person, can quickly find and deliver almost any type of record you need. One reason is that they’re not restricted by the many rules and regulations that most states have. Even through the Freedom of Information Act a few years ago give private citizens the right to access some public records, all of them may not be available because of states’ privacy laws. But, private sites aren’t restricted and have vast databases that can bypass the hassle and get you the information you need. They charge reasonable fees for a one-time search and if no record is revealed, you pay nothing. The ability to cross-reference other states’ records is also a plus when searching through vast amounts of documents. A private site has the capabilities of doing that – so, you may receive data you never expected and that will help you more easily make a decision about a person. You can find criminal records, arrest records, birth, marriage, divorce and death records by simply submitting some basic information about the person on a private Internet site. Within moments, you should receive a full report about the person’s background. Unfortunately, we can never be sure that a new person in our lives is telling us the truth about his or her background. Until we take the time and effort to research on our own, we may never be sure and put ourselves or families in harm’s way. Click on the link to find out more about how to search through West Virginia public records by using a private Internet search site.