West Virginia Death Certificate

Below is the information you'll need in order to obtain a death certificate in West Virginia, including qualifications, cost, required information, where to submit your application, and a link to the application you'll need to fill out.

Qualifications

The following people may request death certificates from the state of West Virginia:

  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Grandchildren
  • Siblings
  • Funeral director
  • One with legal interest in the certificate

Cost

The fee to search for a death certificate is $12.00, which includes one certified copy of the death certificate. Each additional copy of the record ordered at the same time is also $12.00. Checks or money orders should be made payable to "Vital Registration." Cash is not accepted, except if the request is made in person. Fees are not refundable.

Required Information

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Sex
  • Your relationship to the deceased
  • Reason for requesting the record
  • Your address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • Photocopy of current, government-issued photo ID

Submitting Your Request

By Mail:
Send the completed application and the appropriate fee to:

Vital Registration

350 Capitol Street, Room 165

Charleston, WV 25301-3701

In Person:
You may request a certified death certificate in person for the office of Vital Registration, located at:

350 Capitol Street

Charleston, WV 25301-3701

The public entrance to the building is on Capitol Street, and the office of Vital Registration is located on the right side of the lobby. The office is open from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays. Same-day service is available. 

Download the Application

Click here to download the application for a certified West Virginia death certificate.