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About Virginia Open Public Record

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.
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Virginia Free Public Records Directory

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

Virginia Free Court Records Search

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Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Virginia
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  • How do I get details on a shooting in Virginia that happened in the past without having the names?
    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
    Open-Public-Records.com (Staff)
  • How do I get access to my late husband's mugshot in Virginia?
    Check old newspapers and articles at the library local to where his arrest occurred.
    Open-Public-Records.com (Staff)
  • How can I find out in Virginia, if someone has a building permit?
    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.
    Open-Public-Records.com (Staff)
  • How do I find a copy of a marriage certificate in Virginia?
    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.
    Open-Public-Records.com (Staff)
  • How do I convince the state of Florida that I have no criminal history in Virginia?
    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
    Open-Public-Records.com (Staff)
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