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West Virginia Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Vermont, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

WEST VIRGINIA STATE INFORMATION HOT LINE:
(304) 558-3456

WEST VIRGINIA STATE WEB SITE:
www.wv.gov

State Archives
Criminal Records
West Virginia State Police
Criminal Identification Bureau
Records Section
725 Jefferson Rd., S.
Charleston WV 25309
(304) 746-2277
(304) 746-2402
www.wvstatepolice.com

Driving Records
Division of Motor Vehicles
Driver Improvement Unit
Building 1, Room 124
State Capitol Complex
Charleston WV 25317
(304) 558-0238
(304) 558-0037 (fax)
www.wvdot.com/6_motorists/dmv/6G_DMV.HTM

Vehicle Ownership Information
Division of Motor Vehicles
Information Services
1606 Washington St., E.
Charleston WV 25311
(304) 558-0282
(304) 558-1012 (fax)
www.wvdot.com/6_motorists/dmv/6G_DMV.HTM

Vital Statistics
(birth, death, marriage) [divorce records available only at county level]
Bureau of Public Health
Vital Records
State Capitol Complex Building
Charleston WV 25305
(304) 558-2931
(304) 558-1051
www.wvdhhr.org/bph/oehp/hsc

Business/Corporate Records
Secretary of State
Corporation Division
State Capitol Building
Room W139
Charleston WV 25305
(304) 558-8000
(304) 558-5758 (fax)
www.wvsos.com

Workers Compensation Information
Workers Compensation Division
Records Management
4510 Pennsylvania
Charleston WV 25302
(304) 558-5587
(304) 558-1908 (fax)
www.wvbep.org/bep/default.htm

UCCs [tax liens available only at county level]
Secretary of State
UCC Division
State Capitol Building
Room W131
Charleston WV 23505
(304) 558-6000
(304) 558-0900 (fax)
www.wvsos.com/ucc/main.htm

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

Note: Government agencies are continually updating and expanding online access to their records; consequently, this page is continually updated and expanded. Check back for the latest information!

City-County Cross Index

Barbour County
8 N. Main St.
Philippi, WV 26416
(304) 457-3454

Berkeley County
100 W. King St., Room 1
Martinsburg, WV 25401
(304) 264-1918

ONLINE: Property Tax
www.softwaresystems.com/ssi/taxinquiry/

Boone County
200 State St.
Madison, WV 25130-1152
(304) 369-3925

ONLINE: Property Tax
www.softwaresystems.com/ssi/taxinquiry/

Braxton County
P.O. Box 486
Sutton, WV 26601-0486
(304) 765-2837

Brooke County
632 Main St.
Wellsburg, WV 26070
(304) 737-3662

Cabell County
750 5th Ave.
Huntington, WV 25701
(304) 526-8622

ONLINE: Property Tax
www.softwaresystems.com/ssi/taxinquiry/

Calhoun County
P.O. Box 230
Grantsville, WV 26147-0230
(304) 354-6910

Clay County
P.O. Box 190
Clay, WV 25043-0190
(304) 587-4256

Doddridge County
118 E. Court St., Room 102
West Union, WV 26456-1297
(304) 873-2331

Fayette County
P.O. Box 569
Fayetteville, WV 25840-0569
(304) 574-4303

Gilmer County
10 Howard St.
Glenville, WV 26351
(304) 462-7241

Grant County
5 Highland Ave.
Petersburg, WV 26847
(304) 257-4545

Greenbrier County
P.O. Box 506
Lewisburg, WV 24901-0506
(304) 647-6626

ONLINE: Property Tax
www.softwaresystems.com/ssi/taxinquiry/

Hampshire County
P.O. Box 806
Romney, WV 26757-0806
(304) 822-5022

Hancock County
P.O. Box 367
New Cumberland, WV 26047-0367
(304) 564-3311

Hardy County
204 Washington St., Room 111
Moorefield, WV 26836
(304) 530-0231

Harrison County
301 W. Main St.
Clarksburg, WV 26301-2909
(304) 624-8640

Jackson County
P.O. Box 800
Ripley, WV 25271-0800
(304) 373-2214

Jefferson County
P.O. Box 208
Charles Town, WV 25414-0208
(304) 728-3231

ONLINE: Property Tax
www.softwaresystems.com/ssi/taxinquiry/

Kanawha County
P.O. Box 2351
Charleston, WV 25328
(304) 357-0440

ONLINE: Property Tax
www.softwaresystems.com/ssi/taxinquiry/

Lewis County
P.O. Box 87
Weston, WV 26452
(304) 269-8210

Lincoln County
P.O. Box 497
Hamlin, WV 25523-0497
(304) 824-7885

Logan County
Courthouse Square, Room 101
Logan, WV 25601
(304) 792-8550

Marion County
P.O. Box 1267
Fairmont, WV 26555-1267
(304) 367-5360

Marshall County
P.O. Box 459
Moundsville, WV 26041-0459
(304) 845-2130

Mason County
200 6th St.
Point Pleasant, WV 25550
(304) 675-4400

McDowell County
90 Wyoming St., Suite 109
Welch, WV 24801-0447
(304) 436-8535

Mercer County
1501 W. Main St.
Princeton, WV 24740-1716
(304) 487-8323

Mineral County
150 Armstrong St.
Keyser, WV 26726
(304) 788-1562

Mingo County
P.O. Box 1197
Williamson, WV 25661-1197
(304) 235-0320

Monongalia County
243 High St.
Morgantown, WV 26505
(304) 291-7240

Monroe County
P.O. Box 350
Union, WV 24983-0350
(304) 772-3017

Morgan County
202 Fairfax St., Suite 100
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
(304) 258-8554

Nicholas County
700 Main St.
Summersville, WV 26651-1444
(304) 872-7810

Ohio County
1500 Chapline St.
Rm. 205 City County Bldg.
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-3613

Pendleton County
P.O. Box 1167
Franklin, WV 26807-0089
(304) 358-7067

Pleasants County
301 Court Ln., Room 101
Saint Marys, WV 26170
(304) 684-3513

Pocahontas County
900C 10th Ave.
Marlinton, WV 24954
(304) 799-4604

Preston County
101 W. Main St., Room 201
Kingwood, WV 26537
(304) 329-0047

Putnam County
3389 Winfield Rd.
Winfield, WV 25213
(304) 586-0203

Raleigh County
Courthouse
215 Main St.
Beckley, WV 25801-4612
(304) 255-9135

Randolph County
P.O. Box 368
Elkins, WV 26241
(304) 636-2765

Ritchie County
115 E. Main St., Room 201
Harrisville, WV 26362-1271
(304) 643-2164

Roane County
P.O. Box 69
Spencer, WV 25276-0069
(304) 927-2750

Summers County
P.O. Box 97
Hinton, WV 25951-0097
304) 466-7103

Taylor County
214 W. Main St.
Grafton, WV 26354
(304) 265-2480

Tucker County
215 1st St.
Parsons, WV 26287
(304) 478-2606

Tyler County
P.O. Box 66
Middlebourne, WV 26149-0066
(304) 758-4811

Upshur County
40 W. Main St.
Buckhannon, WV 26201
(304) 472-2370

Wayne County
P.O. Box 248
Wayne, WV 25570-0248
(304) 272-6360

Webster County
2 Court Square, Room G1
Webster Springs, WV 26288
(304) 847-2421

Wetzel County
P.O. Box 156
New Martinsville, WV 26155
(304) 455-8219

Wirt County
P.O. Box 53
Elizabeth, WV 26143-0053
(304) 275-6597

Wood County
P.O. Box 1474
Parkersburg, WV 26102-1474
(304) 424-1700

Wyoming County
P.O. Box 309
Pineville, WV 24874-0309
(304) 732-8000