Child Passenger Safety

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


Charleston, WV - March 23, 2018 from 8:30 am - 3:30 am
Kidz in Motion Training - Earn 6 CEUs for your CPST Recertification
DMV - Kanawha City, Training Room @ 5707 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, Charleston, WV
To Register, contact Amy Boggs at

Parkersburg, WV - April 3-6, 2018 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Training
Parkersburg Fire Station @ 2311 Camden Avenue, Parkersburg, WV
Register online at using Course ID# WV20180118103.
Contact Toni Tiano at if you have questions. 

Chapmanville, WV - April 24-27, 2018 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Training
WV State Police, Troop 5, Logan Detachment @ 8040 Old Logan Road, Chapmanville, WV
Register online at using Course ID# WV20180301323.
Contact Amy Boggs at if you have any questions.

Morgantown, WV - April 27, 2018 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
CPST Renewal Course
*This course is for former CPSTs whose certifications have recently expired but still maintain
current knowledge and would like to be certified again.

Monongalia County Sheriff's Office @ 116 Walnut Street, Morgantown, WV
Register online at using Course ID# WV20180314384.
Contact Amy Boggs at if you have questions.


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 or call 304-926-2509.