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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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|Companies and Corporations |
Virginia State Corporation Commission records. Search registered corporations, business trusts, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships.
|Court Records | District Courts |
General District Court online traffic, criminal, and civil case searches, hearing dates, and service of process search for Virginia cities and counties.
|Employee Directory |
This is a searchable listing of Virginia state employees. Search by name and agency. Provides full name, phone number & email address.
|Marriage Records |
Library of Virginia collection of marriage records by County. Card index provides groom name, bride name, and marriage date.
|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.
|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.
Virginia State Corporations Commission records of registered trademarks and service marks.
|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 |
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Database of available vanity plates.
|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.
|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.
Search the Code of Virginia by key word or phrase. Database provided by the Virginia General Assembly.
|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| 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.
|Historic Maps |
Library of Virginia pre-20th century map collection.
|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.
|Missing Children |
Search the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Missing Kids database for Virginia missing children.
|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.
|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 Registration | VERIS |
Virginia voter registration records from the Virginia Election and Registration Information System (VERIS).
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 http://www.virginia.gov/. 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.