How to Do a Title Search in West Virginia

by Eric Cedric

Tracking down the title history of an automobile in West Virginia can be done at a local branch of the West Virginia DMV or through the state's online portal. Once you fill out the appropriate forms and submit the nominal fee, you will be given a title history; or if you choose, a duplicate title along with the history.

Requesting the title in person

Go to your local West Virginia branch of the DMV. Request the Affidavit of Duplicate Title for a Vehicle or Watercraft.

Fill out the Affidavit of Duplicate Title for a Vehicle or Watercraft completely, taking time to answer each question as fully as you can. You may need the VIN number or other identifying codes for the title search.

Present the completed form to the clerk along with the required fee, which was $10 as of 2010. The clerk will provide the title history and if you requested it, a duplicate title.

Requesting your title online

Go to the West Virginia website and navigate to the Vehicle License Information section. Download the Affidavit of Duplicate Title for a Vehicle or Watercraft.

Fill the form out online and then hit "Submit." You will be directed to the secure payment page where you must pay the fee with a valid credit or debit card. Hit "Submit."

Print out the title page and history; or if you requested a duplicate title, wait for the title to be delivered in the mail.

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About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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