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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About Vital Registration


The Vital Registration Office is the state’s official repository of birth, death, marriage, and divorce records. These records are collectively referred to as “Vital Records.”

The Vital Registration Office verifies the completeness and accuracy of the records, corrects errors and omissions, and issues certified copies of these records (for a fee), which are required for such items as school enrollment, employment, and passports.  The events Vital Registration keeps track of are

An old photograph of Vital Regstration from 1950

Vital Registration issues certified copies of birth, death, fetal death and marriage certificates. These certificates are primia facia evidence of the event.

The state office of Vital Registration was created in 1917.  Before this, counties recorded this information.


Vital Registration is headed by the state Registrar, Gary Thompson, and the deputy State Registrar, Brandy Byrnside.

It is divided in to six functional units.  They are: An old photograph of Vital Regstration's First Photocopier

Together, Vital Registration processes about 20,000 births, 20,000 deaths, 13,000 marriages, 9,000 divorces, and 5,000 paternity affidavits each year.  

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