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Food Handlers Cards

Obtaining Your Food Handlers Card

Food Handlers – Effective January 1, 2019, every food handler in Jefferson County shall possess a current food handler card issued by the Jefferson County Health Department or a current statewide food handler card issued by another West Virginia jurisdiction.  A food handler card shall not be issued unless the person has completed either a food handler training course conducted by the Jefferson County Health Department or an online ANSI-accredited food handler training course.

In-person Food Handler Training Classes will be available twice a month. Check our calendar for dates and times. You must pre-register for these classes, as there is limited space. Please contact the environmental health department at 304-728-8416 to register. The class will last approximately one hour. A test will be given at the end of the class. Please allow ample time to complete the class and test. The classes will be held at 1948 Wiltshire Road Entrance B Kearneysville WV 25430.

After you have completed either the online or in-person training you will come to the Jefferson County Health Department on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between the hours of 9:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-3:30pm. You will have your picture taken and must provide:

  • A valid photo ID
  • Food Handler Certificate and/or ANSI/CFPM certificate (showing a copy on your smartphone is acceptable as long as your name is clearly visible)
  • Establishment and location where you are working (Example: McDonalds at 123 Red Street Charles Town WV)
  • Payment ($10.00 – Cash, Credit, or Check)


Food Card Flyer

Food Protection Managers – Effective January 1, 2019, whenever food is being prepared or served in food establishment (including temporary food establishments), the “person in charge” on the premises shall be a currently certified Food Protection Manager through one of the ANSI/CFP-accredited Food Protection Manager certification programs. Please note, the exam is separate from the online training courses and is proctored. A waiver of this requirement may be made for temporary food vendors serving only prepackaged foods if they possess a current Jefferson County or West Virginia statewide food handler card.


 Non-Profit Organizations serving food for 14 days or less may be exempt from health department permitting. Please call for details.