Health Statistics Center
350 Capitol Street, Room 165
Charleston, WV 25301-3701
(304) 558-2931
West Virginia Health Statistics Center, Providing Statistical Information for Informed Decisions
West Virginia Health Statistics Center, Providing Statistical Information for Informed Decisions
350 Capitol Street, Room 165
Charleston, WV 25301-3701
(304) 558-2931
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Filing a Delayed Birth Certificate

What is a Delayed Certificate of Birth?

If a birth isn't registered with Vital Registration within the one year, then a normal certificate may not be filed for that birth.  Instead a special type of birth certificate is placed on file.  This type of certificate not only shows the facts of birth for the child but also shows the types of evidence presented to Vital Registration to back up the facts of birth.   The facts of birth are

Note About the Name: If the name of the person on the birth certificate was established by adoption, legitimation, paternity acknowledgment or court action, the the delayed certificate will show that name (provided that the proper documentation is submitted.).
Note about Fathers:  If the mother was not married to the father at the time of the birth, or during the ten months before the birth.  In this case the father can only be added if paternity as been determined by legitimation, adoption, or an acknowledgment of paternity (provided that the proper documentation is provided.)

Who Needs to File for a Certificate of Delayed Birth?

Anyone whose birth certificate is not on file in West Virginia AND

Typically, if a child was born in a hospital, there is a birth certificate on file for them at Vital Registration. For births in the last 30 years, it is extremely rare for births not to be registered at Vital Registration.

How do I File for a Certificate of Delayed Birth

Please Note:  The delayed birth certificate form (VS-007) that is provided by Vital Registration will become the legal birth certificate that is placed on file.  It is made out of special paper that will last much longer than ordinary paper, so only use the forms provided by Vital Registration.  The following is a brief overview of the process.  For full instructions, please see the instructions in the delayed pack.
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