Helpful information about cremation in West Virginia
West Virginia law requires that a death certificate be filed with the vital statistics office within five days of the death and before the final disposition of the body. (West Virginia Code § 16-5-19.) This is typically done for you by the mortuary or cremation organization, and copies can be ordered for you at the time of filing.
If you need copies of the death certificate at a later time, visit West Virginia Health Statistics Center where you can download a mail-in order form or get more info about filing online, in-person, or by phone.