Birth, Marriage & Death Records

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The Jefferson County Clerk's Office keeps official records of births, marriages and deaths that occur in Jefferson County. Our records date back to 1801 for marriages and 1853 for births and deaths.
In terms of obtaining vital records, West Virginia is not an "open record" state.

Who may obtain copies of Marriage Records?
Who may obtain copies of Death Records?

To obtain a certificate, you can either:
Visit our office at:
Jefferson County Clerk's Office
100 E Washington St
Charles Town WV
Phone: (304) 728-3215
Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday
  • present valid identification
  • pay a $5 fee per certificate
Or write to us:
Jacqueline C. Shadle
Jefferson County Clerk
Office of Vital Statistics
PO Box 208
Charles Town WV 25414

Please include the following items:
  • request letter
  • a photocopy of your photo identification (e.g., drivers license, state issued identification, etc.)
  • a check or money order of $5 payable to the Jefferson County Clerk
  • a self-addressed stamped envelope
Do you need a delayed or state-issued birth certificate?
Contact WV Department of Health and Human Resources:
Vital Registration
350 Capitol St, Room 165
Charleston WV 25301-3701
Phone: (304) 558-2931
Fax: (304) 558-8001
Office Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm EST Monday - Friday
except holidays