Virginia Public Records

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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.

Attorney General Opinions

Virginia Attorney General official opinions by year.

Bills & Resolutions

Search by key word or phrase for Virginia General Assembly Bills and Resolutions.

Boat Registration

Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries Boat Registration database.

Burned Records County Collection

Library of Virginia database of Chancery and other county court records that were lost by fire or other disaster.

Campaign Finance | Department of Elections

Candidate and political committee campaign finance disclosure reports from the Virginia Department of Elections.

Campaign Finance | VPAP

Non-profit Virginia Public Access Project access to campaign finance reports.


Search the Code of Virginia by key word or phrase. Database provided by the Virginia General Assembly.

Corporate Commission Dockets

Virginia State Corporation Commision (SCC) case docket search for public company filings.

Court Opinions | Supreme Court and Court of Appeals

Supreme Court of Virginia and Court of Appeals database of Opinions.

Court Opinions | U.S. 4th Circuit

U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals opinions for Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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 | Court of Appeals

Click on ACMS-CAV to search Virginia Court of Appeals case records.

Court Records | Eastern PACER Bankruptcy  Pay Site

U.S. Eastern District Court of Virginia bankruptcy record database. Requires PACER account.

Court Records | Eastern PACER Civil & Criminal  Pay Site

Login to the PACER system to search the system for Federal civil & criminal U.S. Eastern District Court of Virginia records.

Court Records | Supreme Court

Virginia Supreme Court case records. Click on the ACMS-SCV button to start your search.

Court Records | Western PACER Bankruptcy  Pay Site

U.S. Western District Court of Virginia bankruptcy records. PACER account required.

Court Records | Western PACER Civil & Criminal  Pay Site

Login to the Federal PACER system to search for U.S. Western District Court of Virginia civil & criminal court records.

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 historie and the form used depends on who does the search.

Dangerous Dogs

Virginia registry of dangerous dogs from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer services.

Deaths and Burials 1853-1912

Database of over 600,000 Virginia burial and death records filed between 1853 and 1912.

Historic Maps

Library of Virginia pre-20th century map collection.

Historic Photographs

Library of Virginia databases of photographic collections.

Inmates | VineLink

Virginia Department of Corrections, sex offenders, and County Jail inmates and offenders.


Virginia Department of Human Resource Management job postings.

Legislative Petitions 1776 - 1865

Library of Virginia Legislative Petitions database of Petitions to the General Assembly during the period 1776 to 1865. Excellent genealogy resource.

Library of Virginia Online Records

Library of Virginia online catalog, archives, manuscripts, census records, election records, genealogical resources, maps, photographs, 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.


Commonwealth of Virginia lobbyist registration records. Find lobbyists by name, principals by organization name, or search disclosure reports.

Lobbyists - Disclosure Reports

Search by registration year and Principal Name to view Virginia Lobbyist Disclosure Reports.

Marriages 1785-1940

Index of over 1.2 million Virginia marriages filed between 1785 and 1940.

Missing Children

Search the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Missing Kids database for Virginia missing children.

Missing Persons

Virginia State Police list of missing persons.

Most Wanted | Escapees

Wanted offenders who have escaped from Virginia Department of Corrections facilities.

Most Wanted | Fugitives

Probationers and parolees wanted by the Virginia Department of Corrections.

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.

Religious Petitions

Library of Congress index of early Virginia religious petitions submitted to the Virginia legislature between 1774 and 1802.

Reports to the General Assembly

Browse by year for Reports to the Virginia General Assembly or search for reports by keyword.

Roadside Attractions

Odd and interesting roadside attractions in Virginia from Roadside America.

Runaway Slave Advertisements

University of Virginia Runaway Slave Advertisements database. Provides the text and a photo of the advertisement.

Supreme Court Rules

Search the Supreme Court Rules of Virginia by key word or phrase. Database provided by the Virginia General Assembly.

Voter Record | Board of Elections

Find your Virginia voter record by name and date of birth or partial SSN.

Voter Registration | VERIS

Virginia voter registration records from the Virginia Election and Registration Information System (VERIS).

Workers Compensation Opinions

Virginia Workers Compensation judicial opinions database.

Virginia is located in the South Atlantic region of the United States. The Capital is Richmond and the largest city is Virginia Beach.  The Official Web Site is located at  Virginia is the 12th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 8,326,289 and the 2010 census population was 8,001,023.  The land area is 39,490.09 square miles and there are 202.6 persons per square mile.

70.8% of the population is White, 19.7% is Black or African American, 8.6% is Hispanic or Latino, 6.1% is Asian, 0.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.7% are two or more races. 87.5% are a high school graduate or higher, and 35.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $244,600. There are on average 2.60 persons per household, the per capita income is $33,493, the median household income is $63,907, and 11.3% of the persons in Virginia are considered below poverty level.

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