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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


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.

Ask Questions, About Virginia

  • Can I get access to my late husband's mugshot?
    Check old newspapers and articles at the library local to where his arrest occurred. (Staff)
  • How to get details on a shooting 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 (Staff)
    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. (Staff)
  • Is a drvers license a public record?
    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. (Staff)
  • 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?
    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. (Staff)

Virginia Arrest Records


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

  • Deborah Allen
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    Weight: 120
    Hair: Bro
    January 24, 2020
  • Brian Backues
    Height: 509
    Weight: 155
    Hair: Bro
    January 24, 2020
  • Anthony Best
    Height: 6 0
    Weight: 198
    Hair: Blk
    January 24, 2020
  • Shelvonte Blue
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    January 24, 2020
  • Dominique Brown
    Height: 510
    Weight: 185
    Hair: Blk
    January 24, 2020
  • Samuel Bynum
    Height: 507
    Weight: 180
    Hair: Blk
    January 24, 2020

Virginia Most Wanted and Warrants


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

  • Maxfield Lednik
    Height: 504
    Weight: 180
    Hair: Bro
    January 24, 2020
  • James Askew
    Height: 600
    Weight: 210
    Hair: Blk
    January 24, 2020
  • Sade Fergus
    Height: 505
    Weight: 190
    Hair: Bro
    January 24, 2020
  • Vonda Bracey-visovahi
    Height: 505
    Weight: 103
    Hair: Bro
    January 24, 2020
  • Shontella Gregory-weah
    Height: 505
    Weight: 150
    Hair: Blk
    January 24, 2020
  • James Oneal
    Height: 601
    Weight: 175
    Hair: Bro
    January 24, 2020

Virginia Missing Children


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

  • Missing: Anthony Vasquez
    Anthony Vasquez, Age Now: 17, Missing: 11/27/2019. Missing From Alexandria, Va. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Alexandria Police Department (virginia) 1-703-746-4444.
    January 21, 2020
  • Missing: Katerin Lizardo Gonzales
    Katerin Lizardo Gonzales, Age Now: 16, Missing: 01/15/2020. Missing From Leesburg, Va. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Loudon County Sheriff's Office (virginia) 1-703-777-1021.
    January 17, 2020
  • Missing: Daniel Grady
    Daniel Grady, Age Now: 16, Missing: 11/29/2019. Missing From Charlottesville, Va. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Albemarle Police Department (virginia) 1-434-977-9041.
    January 10, 2020
  • Missing: Sade Haley
    Sade Haley, Age Now: 16, Missing: 01/06/2020. Missing From Manassas Park, Va. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Manassas Park Police Department (virginia) 1-703-361-1136.
    January 09, 2020
  • Missing: Tanya Flores-depaz
    Tanya Flores-depaz, Age Now: 15, Missing: 01/01/2020. Missing From Centreville, Va. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Fairfax County Police Department (virginia) 1-703-691-2131.
    January 09, 2020
  • Missing: Kristine Abuel
    Kristine Abuel, Age Now: 13, Missing: 12/09/2019. Missing From Prince George, Va. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Prince George County Police Department (virginia) 1-804-733-2773.
    January 09, 2020

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

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

Virginia Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/25/2020)

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Virginia American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/25/2020)

  • Virginia's demographic and housing ACS survey of 8,185,131 being 2.61 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.1% males and 50.9% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Virginia social characteristics data of 3,041,710 households, which make up 2.62 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 2,047,106 families with and without children. There are 2,156,878 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Virginia American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 6,531,424 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 2.63 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 4,229,948 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Virginia housing characteristics are collected from 3,403,241 dwellings making up 2.56 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 3,041,710 or uninhabited 361,531 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 3,041,710 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Virginia Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Virginia
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Virginia Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • 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
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • 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
  • Statewide income of median households in Virginia
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Virginia
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Virginia territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile