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The Virginia Public Records Act, passed in 1975, allows access to the documents and records of the public agencies tasked with the operation of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Records are required to be properly maintained by the individual agencies involved, with the head of the agency having direct responsibility for official records in the absence of a specifically appointed Records Officer. The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Council is a state agency whose duties include resolving disputes with citizens over Freedom of Information issues, the initial presumption being that all Commonwealth documents are open to the public. One of the thirteen original colonies, Virginia achieved statehood on June 25, 1788. The 8 million residents live in either one of 39 cities, numerous unincorporated towns, or hundreds of unincorporated communities which make up the 95 counties. Richmond is the capital city, with Virginia Beach taking honors as the most populous. With it's close proximity to the nation's capital, many Virginia residents are employed by federal agencies or government contractors. Contact the Virginia State Police to obtain criminal history records and background checks. Search the many public records available online for the state of Virginia. The Department of Health will help you find birth, death and marriage records. Please check out the link for court records and learn all about the Virginia judicial system to get information on courts, cases and jury duty. Investigate the county and city websites to see what public records, community resources and local attractions they have available and to imagine what it would be like to live in Virginia. Learn facts and figures about the demographics, education and history of the people of the state. Inspect the data on firms and companies to get a feel for the current business atmosphere. Request criminal records and learn about prisons, inmates and victims services from the Department of Corrections. Read the always updated crime reports and news headlines. New Virginia sources are added on a regular basis so check back often.

Virginia Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Virginia Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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Questions, Answers and Comments About Virginia

  • Q: Can I get access to my late husband's mugshot
    By Bb
    May 17, 2016
    Reply:

    Check old newspapers and articles at the library local to where his arrest occurred.

    By wendel
    Dec 07, 2017
  • Q: I'm trying to get details on a shooting that happened in 1995 or 1996. I have no name of the person. I know the area that he lived in and that's all. I also know it was a drive by shooting.Is there any way to go off of this very little that I know ?
    By Liz
    Sep 27, 2016
    Reply:

    Libraries keep copies of old past reports in local papers you can access and look up local crimes. These copies can be accessed by micro film or database. The search shouldn't cost anything, other than the inconvenience of having to go to he library

    By david
    Dec 07, 2017
  • Q: HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF SOMEONE HAS A BUILDING PERMIT
    By ANONYMOUS
    Apr 22, 2016
    Reply:

    Building permits are public documents and can be requested from the county. Individual counties have their own websites with public searches such as "Permit Status by Address" (for Fairfax Co.) You will need to check the particular department in that county. Projects are required to obtain permits from submitting plans and other documents. There's more you can look up, for example using the Community Complaint Inquiry and checking for existing code enforcement cases (according to Fairfax county) or file a complaint. The process in which to obtain the building permit is listed on the county's page, which will tell you what the proper requirements are for the application.

    By admn1
    Jul 14, 2016
  • Q: Is a drvers license a public record
    By Janeen
    Jul 08, 2016
    Reply:

    Look up Federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act (18 USC §§ 2721-2725) and Va. Code §§ 46.2-208 through 214. The state of Virginia's laws have more restrictions that the federal governance of drivers license information. The state’s dmv page "Release of DMV Information" states that driving license information is "NOT" public, unless you obtain a written consent. There are exceptions, the same exceptions you would expect from a records that is not deemed public.

    By adm
    Jul 12, 2016
  • Q: I was arrested in Florida on 1-1-1983 on charges of felony car theft from the county of Chesterfield, VA. Was extradited back to VA from Florida and when I went before the Judge in this matter he dismissed the case. Now all these years later when I went to get my conceal carry permit the state of Fl is saying I have a felony against me. I contacted Chesterfield county about the matter and found out that they purge the files every 10 years. I contacted the Criminal Records Exchange for VA filled out a form with my fingerprints and they said I have no criminal record. Fl still wants proof, what am I suppose to do when Fl will not take the word of VA that I have no criminal record.
    By Edith
    Jun 30, 2016
    Reply:

    Which proof do they need, is there's a document that was requested of you? Criminal History Records Check (SP-230) and (SP-167) are obtained from the Virginia state police. Their website will list their purposes. One example of SP-230 request is for Armed & Unarmed Security Guard Companies, visas, passports and more official use. Since it's a check of your own records, privacy is not an issue. Finger prints are required for SP-230. This is not a guarantee that it will suffice, therefore having them tell you what you need after you show them these options, before getting them is most helpful. It's much easier to show you have a record, than to show you don't have one.

    By arthur
    Jul 12, 2016
  • Q: Copy of marriage certificate
    By Diana
    Jun 21, 2016
    Reply:

    The division of vital records in Virginia tells you how to request a certificate (certified copy) of marriages. Marriage records are available from 1936 to present. They can be requested by mail, in person/walk-in, express delivery and at full service DMV locations. Marriages are considered public record after 25 years, only immediate family such as the spouse, child, sibling, parents and grandparents can make the request and obtain them within 25 years.

    By adm
    Jul 12, 2016
  • Q: How can I see arrest records without having to pay for it
    By Tina
    Dec 17, 2015
    Reply:

    Depends on where you are looking for the records. There are departments which list their recent arrests online for public view, take fairfax county for example. You will need to look into individual counties'/cities' jails to see persons in custody of the police. If you need the official reports, the department's website will have a process to obtain them. However, if you just need the information, you will need to located them at all levels, including courts and statewide incarceration.

    By ted
    Jan 26, 2016
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Virginia Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

Virginia Most Wanted and Warrants

View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

  • Capias from James City County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court for failure to appear (original charge is domestic assault and battery)
    October 11, 2018
    Source: jamescitycountyva.gov
  • Capias from James City County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court for failure to report to CCC (original charge is grand larceny)
    September 26, 2018
    Source: jamescitycountyva.gov
  • breaking and entering, obtaining money by false pretenses and petit larceny
    September 17, 2018
    Source: jamescitycountyva.gov
  • Capias from Williamsburg-James City County General District Court for failure to report to jail (original charge is driving suspended, 3rd)
    September 05, 2018
    Source: jamescitycountyva.gov
  • grand larceny, carrying a concealed weapon and brandishing a firearm
    August 27, 2018
    Source: jamescitycountyva.gov
  • Robbery, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, violate a protective order, domestic assault and battery, drive suspended and preventing another person from summoning law enforcement
    August 22, 2018
    Source: jamescitycountyva.gov

Virginia Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Dejour Mack
    Dejour Mack, Age Now: 16, Missing: 10/13/2018. Missing From Stafford, Va. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Stafford County Sheriff's Office (virginia) 1-540-658-4400.
    October 17, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Sherrell Thorpe
    Sherrell Thorpe, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/24/2018. Missing From Charlottesville, Va. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Charlottesville Police Department (virginia) 1-434-970-3280.
    October 05, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Elizia Thomas
    Elizia Thomas, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/24/2018. Missing From Fredericksburg, Va. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Stafford County Sheriff's Office (virginia) 1-540-658-4400.
    October 05, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Megan Gibbs
    Megan Gibbs, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/15/2018. Missing From Richmond, Va. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Chesterfield Police Department (virginia) 1-804-748-1251.
    October 04, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Mariana Cerda
    Mariana Cerda, Age Now: 12, Missing: 08/19/2018. Missing From Fredericksburg, Va. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office (virginia) 1-540-582-7115.
    September 19, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Imani Perry
    Imani Perry, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/22/2018. Missing From Norfolk, Va. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Norfolk Police Department (virginia) 1-757-441-5610.
    September 14, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com

Virginia Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Virginia Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Sharmika Doyle • Richmond, Virginia • 34 Years Old
    January 20, 2018
    Source: missing.report
  • Updated: Missing Person • Sharmika Doyle • Richmond, Virginia • 34 Years Old
    January 20, 2018
    Source: missing.report
  • Missing Person • Hope Randall • Fredericksburg, Virginia • 49 Years Old
    December 19, 2017
    Source: missing.report
  • Missing Person • Mark Middlebrooks • Colonial Heights, Virginia • 38 Years Old
    December 02, 2017
    Source: missing.report
  • Updated: Missing Person • Mark Middlebrooks • Colonial Heights, Virginia • 38 Years Old
    December 02, 2017
    Source: missing.report
  • Missing Person • Keeshae Jacobs • Richmond, Virginia • 22 Years Old
    November 26, 2017
    Source: missing.report

Virginia Latest Crime Records (Updated 10/22/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    16,340
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    338
  • Rape:
    2,310
  • Robbery:
    4,292
  • Aggravated Assault:
    9,400
  • Total Property Crime:
    160,720
  • Burglary:
    23,122
  • Larceny Theft:
    129,933
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    7,665

Virginia Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    8,001,024
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    7,079,048
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    13%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    922,509
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    7,078,515
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    533,143
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    1,847,182
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    23%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    12%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    960,090
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    5,486,852
  • State's black resident population
    1,551,399
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    29,225
  • State's Asian resident population
    439,890
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    5,980
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    233,400
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    631,825
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    5,186,450
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    69%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    19%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    6%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    8%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    65%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Virginia
  • Births
    108,884
  • Deaths
    58,225
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    848
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    83%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Virginia Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    10%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    13%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    86%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    33%
  • Total number of Veterans
    748,345
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in Virginia
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    27 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    3,330,465
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    426,024
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    15%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    69%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $247,100
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    21%
  • Total number of households
    2,936,634
  • Average size of households
    3
  • Virginia Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $31,606
  • Statewide income of median households in Virginia
    $59,372
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    11%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $321,245
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $41,727
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    4,173,723
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    277,562
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    7%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    4,936,137
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    528,813
  • People employed by the government
    865,871
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    252,275,298
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    51,108
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    197,716
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    494,516
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    15,340,483
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Virginia
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    638,823
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    10%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    6%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    5%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    30%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    92,417,797
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    60,513,396
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    105,663,299
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    13,687
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Virginia territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    21,452
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    3,172,837
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    8,103,925
  • Size in square miles of land
    39,594
  • Population per square mile
    202
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