Virginia Public Records
The Virginia Public Records Act, found in Chapter 7, Section 42.1, established uniform procedures across the Commonwealth for the maintenance and availability of public records. The Act defines public records as recorded information in any medium documenting a transaction or activity involving a public officer or agency in the transaction of public business.
Restricted records can include personnel records, records protected by attorney-client privilege, tests and examinations, computer software, property appraisals, personal private information, security systems data, scholastic records, and medical records.
This page is devoted to statewide databases in Virginia. More resources are available via the left menu, such as licenses, city records, and county records.
- Court System - The Virginia court system has four levels. First are District Courts. General District Courts handle ordinance & traffic violations, misdemeanors, civil cases to $25K, and small claims cases. Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts handle matters involving children, parents, and spouses. Both types of courts can appoint Magistrates to handle certain matters. At the second level are Circuit Courts, the trial courts of general jurisdiction. They handle civil cases, divorces, adoptions, probate matters, felonies, and misdemeanor appeals. At the third level is the Court of Appeals, which reviews decisions by the lower courts. At the fourth level is the Supreme Court, which has discretionary review of Court of Appeals cases, and reviews all death penalty cases. Virginia Court Records
- Criminal Records - Traffic & ordinance violations, and misdemeanors are handled by the General District Courts. Felonies are handled by the Circuit Courts. For access to these databases, go to our Virginia Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – Order copies of birth, death, marriage & divorce certificates from the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, P.O. Box 1000, Richmond, VA 23218, (804) 662-6200. Visit our Vital Records page to review the Social Security Death Index for Virginia; historical statewide death indexes; death, cemetery, and obituary records from available cities & counties; historical statewide marriages, marriage notices from newspapers, Virginia Beach marriages; and divorce court record databases. We have not yet located any birth record databases online for Virginia. For information about ordering birth certificates, call the number listed above.
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|Administrative Code |
Search the Administrative Code of Virginia by key word or phrase. Database provided by the Virginia General Assembly and consists of regulations published in The Virginia Register of Regulations.
|Bible Records |
Search Virginia Family Bible Records by author, accession number, keyword, subject or title.
|Bills & Resolutions |
Search by key word or phrase for Virginia General Assembly Bills and Resolutions.
|Boat Registration |
This site provides access to the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries Boat Registration database. Access requires a subscription with VIPNET (instructions provided on the site).
|Burned Records County Collection |
Search this Library of Virginia database of chancery and other county court records that were burned / lost by fire or other disaster.
|Campaign Finance |
Search by election year, candidate name, office, and/or party to view candidate and political committee campaign finance disclosure reports in Virginia.
Search the Code of Virginia by key word or phrase. Database provided by the Virginia General Assembly.
|Companies and Corporations |
Virginia State Corporation Commission records. Search registered corporations, business trusts, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships.
|Corporate Commission Dockets |
Use this Virginia State Corporation Commision (SCC) service to search for SCC dockets by case number, name, case type, and/or date.
|Court Records | Burned Jurisdiction Database |
Search the Library of Virginia Burned Jurisdiction Database for court records that were kept in courts or jurisdictions that suffered losses of their records. Replacement records came from higher or appeal courts.
|Court Records | Chancery Index |
Search this Library of Virginia database of pre 1913 chancery reocords that were filed in circuit county clerk offices. Chancery causes include estate records, divorces, business partnership settlements, and resolution of land disputes.
|Court Records | Circuit Courts |
Search the Virginia Circuit Courts case management system by individual court for criminal, law, or chancery court record information in a number of city and county courts. Search by name, case number, or hearing date.
|Court Records | District Courts |
Search the Virginia Courts Case Information system by individual General District Court for civil, criminal and traffic court records, hearing dates, and service of process status.
|Court Records | U.S. District PACER Pay Site|
Register with the fee-based PACER system to search for Federal civil & criminal court records, and bankruptcy records by case number, party name, filing date, or last update in the Eastern and Western U.S. Districts of Virginia. Provides dockets and documents.
|Court Records| Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Pay Site|
Search the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals PACER database and obtain document copies. Access requires registration and a small fee per search. Covers Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
|Criminal Histories Information|
Information from the Virginia State Police on how to order criminal history records. The state has two methods of obtaining criminal histories-- and the form used depends on who does the search.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search Virginia statewide or nationwide for criminal records by name & DOB or age. Includes records not available from the State system (i.e. records with a partial date of birth or no date of birth).
|Dangerous Dog Registry |
Use this Virginia Animal Health and Welfare Registry to determine if dangerous dogs reside in your neighborhood. Also allows local animal control officials to post information about dogs that have been declared dangerous by the court.
|Death Records 1853-1896 |
Search Virginia 1853-1896 Death Records by name, keyword or subject. Provides name, date of death, source and other notes.
|Digital Library Program Online Catalog |
Search the Library of Virginia Digital Library Program Online Catalog by search type (author, call number, subject, title, etc.), or by key word or phrase.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Use Search Systems Eviction Records as part of your tenant screening. Search statewide in Virginia for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Farm Subsidies |
Search the EWG Farm Subsidy Database in Virginia for Farm Subsidies Statewide by name, or list by county, city, or zip code.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Virginia instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Inmates | Department of Corrections |
Search the Virginia Department of Corrections for Inmates in Virginia by DOC six digit Inmate Identification Number or by name, race, and/or gender.
|Land Office Patents & Grants |
Search this Library of Virginia database of land patents issued prior to 1779 and Northern Neck Surveys. Document images are available online.
|Legislative Petitions 1776 - 1865 |
Search this Library of Virginia Legislative Petitions database for Petitions to the General Assembly during the period 1776 to 1865. Excellent genealogy resource.
|Library of Virginia |
Search the Library of Virginia online catalog, archives, manuscripts, census records, election records, genealogical resources, and more.
|Licenses | Professional, Medical, Business |
Find and verify Virginia licenses for professionals and businesses. Includes accountants, attorneys, psychologists, physicians, contractors, dentists, insurance companies, and many more.
|Lobbyists - by Name |
Search by registration year, lobbyist name, and/or principal name for lobbyists registered with the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Provides the name, address & phone number of the Lobbyist and Principal, along with the Principal Statement.
|Lobbyists - Principals |
Search the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia Lobbyist database by registration year and principal name to identify which lobbyists are employed by that Principal organization.
|Map Collection Index |
Browse the Library of Virginia Map Collection index by geographic area. Provides cards that contain a map description and classification number. Collection includes maps from the 17th and 18th century.
|Marriage Records |
Search the Library of Virginia collection of marriage records by County. Card index provides groom name, bride name, and marriage date.
|Marriages 1785-1940 |
Search over 1.2 million Virginia marriage records filed between 1785 and 1940.
|Military - Deaths |
Search by name for Virginians who have died while in military service. Search by name, conflict and last name, or browse by conflict.
|Military Records |
Library of Virginia military record databases such as Revolutionary and Civil War records, the Confederate Navy Index, Confederate Rosters, Mexican War Soldiers, Korean War, Persian Gulf War, and the Virginia Military Dead database.
|Missing Children (missingkids) |
Browse this listing of missing children in Virginia to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Most Wanted |
Use this Virginia State Police service to browse by name and photo for VSP wanted persons.
Search VineLink for offenders/inmates in Virginia by identification code, social security number, name and date of birth or age range.
Search these Library of Virginia databases of photographic collections.
|Polling Places & Representatives |
Enter your address and this site gives you your polling place address and information on your representatives in the Virginia House and Senate and the U. S. House and Senate.
|Professional & Business Licenses |
Want to look up or verify a professional, medical, or business license? Go here for our full list of Virginia licenses or use the drop-down menu in the left-hand column.
|Regional Databases |
Search regional Virginia databases such as PACER U.S. District Court records.
|Registered Offenders |
Use this Virginia State Police service to search the statewide registry of offenders in Virginia by zip code or view photos & information about wanted offenders.
|Religious Petitions 1774-1802 |
Search this Library of Congress and The Library of Virginia collaborative project by keyword or browse by geographic location or date for Early Virginia Religious Petitions submitted to the Virginia legislature between 1774 and 1802.
|State Employees |
This is a searchable listing of Virginia state employees. Search by name and agency. Provides full name, phone number & email address.
|State Jobs |
Search the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management for employment opportunities by role title, job title, agency, location, recruit type, and/or keyword.
|Supreme Court Rules |
Search the Supreme Court Rules of Virginia by key word or phrase. Database provided by the Virginia General Assembly.
|Traffic Accident Reports |
Use this TRACview service to purchase a traffic accident report if you were involved in an accident in Virginia. Accounts are available for insurance companies. Law enforcement agencies can apply for free accounts.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search the VA Commonwealth's database for unclaimed property by name. You can submit an inquiry form to determine if any property you find may be yours.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Use this Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission service to search for Uniform Commercial Code or tax lien records by debtor, taxpayer, or document number.
|Vanity Plates |
Check the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Database for available vanity plates.
|Voter Registration |
Search for registered Virginia voters by name, date of birth and locality.
|Wills and Administrations |
Search this Library of Virginia database of "administrations, inventories, wills, and other documents relating to the estates of individuals for the period to 1800."
|Workers Compensation Opinions |
Using this search mechanism, you are able to find key words and phrases in Commission cases issued after 1995 and as many cases since 1990 that were electronically transcribed.
|WPA Life Histories |
Search this index to approximately 1,350 life histories, social-ethnic studies, and youth studies plus more than 50 interviews with former slaves which were created by the staff of the Virginia Writers Project.