Search Public Records in Berkeley County, WV. Results May Include: Marriage and Divorce Records, Criminal Records, Birth and Death Records, Probate Documents, Land Records, Arrests, Addresses, Liens and Judgments.

Berkeley County, West Virginia Overview

Berkeley County is located in the state of West Virginia. The county was formed in May 15, 1772. The county seat is Martinsburg. As of 2017, the county has a population of 114,920. The county has a total area of 322 square miles, 321 square miles of which is land, and 0.4 square miles is water. The county consists of 11 ZIP codes, with ZIP code 25404 recorded as the one with the largest population. Berkeley County borders the following counties: Washington County, Maryland to the north; Frederick County, Virginia to the south; Morgan County, West Virginia to the northwest, and; Jefferson County, West Virginia to the southeast.

Berkeley County Clerk Information

The office have many users who visit their courthouse to search records frequently. If this is you, and there are times when you can’t make in to visit them, they have an option for you to search their records from your office or home. You may want to consider using their online virtual courthouse. Their online virtual courthouse is open 24/7.

This is option is not suited for the one time user. This option does incur a monthly fee of $15.00. In addition to a monthly $15.00 fee, there is a .50 cent charge for each printed copy.

If you feel their virtual courthouse is something you’re interested in let’s get you started in obtaining access. Upon your submission of the Virtual Courthouse Online Users Agreement, a representative of the office will call you and discuss this option in more detail. Should you desire to call them first, before completing the User Agreement, please call (304) 264-1927 and ask for Mrs Butcher. Additionally, Mrs Butcher may be reached via email at KBUTCHER@BERKELEYWV.ORG.

To complete and submit the Virtual Courthouse Online Users Agreement click

Birth Certificate

Certified Birth certificates can be obtained from two sources:

  • Online From the West Virginia State Registrar’s office.
  • In Person by visiting the Berkeley County Clerk’s Office at 100 West King Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

In terms of obtaining vital records, West Virginia is not an “open record” state.

The people who may obtain a Birth certificate are:

  • The Parents and Grandparents of Person on the Certificate
  • The Wife or Husband of the Person on the Certificate
  • The Children and Grandchildren of the Person on the Certificate
  • The Brothers or Sisters
  • Anyone who has Legal interest in the Certificate

What methods are available for me to obtain a birth certificate? Currently, two (2) methods are available; In Person and Mail/Postal Service.

In Person. This method is the most expedient manner in which to obtain a copy. Please allow for at least fifteen minutes, even though most requests are completed much quicker.

Mail/Postal Service. Ordering by mail is the slowest method to obtain a certificate. Total time consists of processing time and transit time. Processing time is the time it takes their office to enter your order into their computer system, make and mail the certificate to you. Transit time is the time it takes the Post Office to deliver the mail.

Death Certificate

Certified Death certificates can be obtained from two sources:

  • Online From the West Virginia State Registrar’s office.
  • In Person by visiting the Berkeley County Clerk’s Office at 100 West King Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

In terms of obtaining vital records, West Virginia is not an “open record” state.

The people who may obtain a Death certificate are:

  • The Parents and Grandparents of Person on the Certificate
  • The Wife or Husband of the Person on the Certificate
  • The Children and Grandchildren of the Person on the Certificate
  • The Brothers or Sisters
  • Funeral Director
  • Anyone who has Legal interest in the Certificate

What methods are available for me to obtain a death certificate? Currently, two (2) methods are available; In Person and Mail/Postal Service.

In Person. This method is the most expedient manner in which to obtain a copy. Please allow for at least fifteen minutes, even though most requests are completed much quicker.

Mail/Postal Service. Ordering by mail is the slowest method to obtain a certificate. Total time consists of processing time and transit time. Processing time is the time it takes their office to enter your order into their computer system, make and mail the certificate to you. Transit time is the time it takes the Post Office to deliver the mail.

Below is the physical address of the County Clerk:

John W. Small Jr., County Clerk
Berkeley County Courthouse
100 West King Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Office: (304) 264-1927
Fax: (304) 267-1794
Email: countyclerk@berkeleywv.org

Berkeley County Circuit Clerk Information

The office is not not allowed to provide legal advice or recommend legal counsel. If you need legal advice you should consult an attorney or call Tuesday Legal Connect at 1-800-642-3617. If you need to find a West Virginia licensed lawyer you may contact the West Virginia Lawyer Referral Service at wvlawyerreferral.org.

Please do not contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office by phone for information regarding your divorce. No information will be given over the phone. You must come in person with your driver’s license to obtain that information. If you cannot come in person, you must send a notarized letter of authorization including a notarized copy of your driver’s license. No information will be given out on the phone on cases. You must contact the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for all information on juvenile cases.

Below is the physical address of the Circuit Clerk:

Virginia Sine, Circuit Clerk
380 West South Street;
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Phone: (304) 264 – 1918

Berkeley County Assessor Information

The principal responsibility of the assessor is to locate, inventory and appraise / assess property within the county. A complete set of tax maps are fundamental tools used to carry out the assessment of real estate. Tax maps help determine the location of the property, indicate the size and shape of each parcel and reveal its relation to pertinent features that affect value. It is a logical consequence, therefore, that tax maps are the basic record in an Assessor’s Office. Tax maps are continuously updated and maintained to reflect any changes that occur during the year.

A tax record search is now available with the help of the office of the Assessor. The link is provided for you below. You may search by the following in the site: Taxpayer Name, Taxpayer Account Number, Tax Year and Ticket Number, District, Map, Parcel, and Sub-Parcel.

Below is the physical address of the Assessor:

Larry A. Hess, Berkeley County Assessor
400 W. Stephen St., Suite 208
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Phone: 304.264.1904
Fax: 304.262.8484

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