Keeping children safe on West Virginia’s roadways is a priority for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP). The GHSP Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Program receives federal funding that provides the educational materials, training, and supplies the program needs. Many certified instructors and technicians all across the state are trained to install car seats properly.
Each of our GHSP regional coordinators are CPS certified, and have a list of technicians that can assist you with your child safety seat. You may also check our CPS seat fitting stations directory to find a location where you can have your child safety seat inspected for defects, recalls, proper use, and proper installation.
The current West Virginia Child Passenger Safety Law states that all children up to the age of eight must be properly secured in a federally approved child safety seat, which does include a booster seat. The only size provision to the law is that if the child reaches the height of four feet and nine inches tall (4' 9")before their eighth birthday, a seat belt becomes legally sufficient. The CPS law is a primary enforcement law, meaning law enforcement can pull you over if they suspect your child is not properly restrained in a child safety seat. For more details on the law click here.
Upcoming Child Passenger Safety Courses
April 9 - 12, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician TrainingLocation: West Virginia State Police Logan Detachment, Troop 5, 8040 Old Logan Rd., Chapmanville, WV 25508For more information, contact Amy Boggs, GHSP Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register at https://cert.safekids.org with Course ID# WV201901043.
June 10, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Child Passenger Safety Technician Renewal Course*Location: West Virginia Northern Community College-ITC Building, 1803 Eoff Street, Rm. 103, Wheeling, WV 26003*This course is for former CPSTs whose certifications have recently expired but still maintain current knowledge and would like to be certified again. For more information, contact Sean Snyder at (304) 234-3623 or email@example.com. Register at https://cert.safekids.org with Course ID# WV201902011212.
For the latest and complete list of recalls and defects regarding child safety seats and vehicle restraints, please click here.
For questions about the CPS Program please contact the GHSP via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-926-2509.