West Virginia Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
InfoTracer does not compile background information for employment purposes and is not a “consumer reporting agency” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). The reports InfoTracer provides are not "consumer reports" under the FCRA because they are not used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for personal credit or insurance, employment, housing, a government license or benefit, or for any other permissible purpose under the FCRA.

How To Get a West Virginia Background Check Report

How To Get a West Virginia Background Check Report

West Virginia does offer the general public background reports on individuals but only with a signed authorization form. According to state law, The State Police provides them using the IndentGO system for the use of “Pre-Employment, Housing, Licensing/Certification, and Personal Information.” They do not offer an online portal or any options for obtaining background check reports in person or by mail. They do provide a toll-free number for any questions. They suggest interested parties contact IdentGO directly to start the process. 

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

A West Virginia background check is thorough and will include personal details such as name, address, date of birth, age, gender, race, height, weight, aliases, photographs, and fingerprints. Additionally, it will include criminal history information such as arrests, warrants, convictions, charges, felonies, misdemeanors, court dispositions, and incarcerations.

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

Some of the purposes for a WV background check are pre-employment screening, professional licensing or certifications, security clearances, insurance, financing, tenant screening, and insurance. 
Other less formal background reports exist online for people to use to find someone they lost track of, check out a new business partner, date or neighbor. They can also be used to find the owner of a property or examine your own public records. These records contain information like: 

  • WV Criminal Records.
  • Arrests and Warrants.
  • Bankruptcy Filings.
  • Legal Judgments.
  • Liens.
  • Birth Records.
  • Marriages and Divorces.
  • Property Records.
  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership.
  • Current and Past Addresses.
  • Phone and Email Address.
  • Professional Licenses.
  • Relatives and Associates.
  • Social Media Accounts and More.

WV Criminal Background Checks

West Virginia criminal background checks are not limited because they require the signed consent of the subject. Therefore, anyone with the person’s fingerprints and signed consent can view their entire criminal file including aliases, mug shots and details of each crime. Criminal background checks are used most often when hiring for positions where the care and safety of others is part of the job. 

Gun Background Check

The state does not allow anyone who has committed a crime within the past year to purchase a gun. They also have strict limitations on anyone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, mentally impaired, has been convicted of domestic abuse or is an illegal alien. Aside from that, gun dealers in the state must comply with federal laws and contact the FBI to use NICS to run a full background check before selling anyone a firearm. The state has completed 216,892 background checks so far this year. Of those, 65,846 were for handguns, 65,486 were for long guns, and we’re for permits. 

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 241,678 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than West Virginia

State # of conducted handgun checks
Ohio 277,027
Indiana 224,264
Washington 202,826
Michigan 123,070
Alabama 84,187

States With More Long Gun Checks than West Virginia

State # of conducted long gun checks
Pennsylvania 165,494
Illinois 151,264
Washington 145,820
Louisiana 122,080
Oklahoma 121,960

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

According to state's Code §49-2B-8 specific agencies and organizations in charge of the welfare of children or vulnerable adults must use background checks when hiring. Some examples of these are: 

  • Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Adult Family Care
  • Adult Emergency Shelter
  • Licensed or approved Child Placing Agencies
  • Licensed or approved Residential Child Care Facilities
  • Licensed or approved Child Care Centers
  • Family Child Care Centers
  • Registered Family Home Child Care Providers
  • Any other program which utilizes providers under the Bureau for Children and Families

Employment Protection

Although West Virginia has no laws directly regulating how employers can use background checks when hiring employees, they did publish a guide called the Pre-employment Inquiries Technical Assistance Guide. This guide is to help employers steer clear of discrimination, and they strongly suggest only asking about criminal convictions that relate to the job in question. They also dissuade against asking about expunged records. Employers are also governed by federal law and must comply with both The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when using background checks during the hiring process.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 96 victims of online romance scams in West Virginia, resulting in $0.4 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 33 8,743
20 - 29 122 74,065
30 - 39 155 157,926
40 - 49 170 290,151
50 - 59 177 261,625
Over 60 202 912,835
InfoTracer does not compile background information for employment purposes and is not a “consumer reporting agency” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). The reports InfoTracer provides are not "consumer reports" under the FCRA because they are not used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for personal credit or insurance, employment, housing, a government license or benefit, or for any other permissible purpose under the FCRA.