Virginia Public Records

The Virginia version of the freedom of information act, the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Virginia Code § 2.2-3700 et seq. guarantees Virginia citizens and media representatives access to public records held by public bodies, officials, and employees. It defines public records as any writing or recording, regardless of type, which is prepared by, owned by, or in possession of a public body, official, or employee, in the transaction of public business. In Virginia, all public records exempt for those exempted under the stature are presumed open. Virginia citizens can inspect or receive copies of public records, to be informed of the charges in advance, and to have those requests answered in a timely manner.

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More About Virginia

One of the thirteen original colonies, Virginia remains an important part of the United States. The 35th-largest state by area, it is the 12th largest state by population, with a population estimated at over 8,400,000 in 2017. It has been the home to more U.S. Presidents than any other state. Virginia’s proximity to the nation’s capital makes it a very important location in terms of all types of government communities. Many communities in Virginia are bedroom communities for the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and others contain important military bases or government offices. It should come as no surprise that the population of Virginia is very fluid and that it has many residents that are not Virginia natives. If you are looking for the background of a person currently in Virginia, keep in mind that Virginia background check information will be limited to their time within the state.


VA Vital Records

The Virginia Department of Health is responsible for collecting, maintaining, and making available to the public vital statistics for the state. In Virginia, vital statistics include:

Birth Records

In Virginia, you can order a birth certificate online, through the Office of Vital Statistics, or through the local Vital Records Office. To obtain a birth certificate, you may be asked to show identification to prove a relationship.

Death Records

In Virginia, you can order a death certificate online, through the Office of Vital Statistics, or through the local Vital Records Office. To obtain a death certificate for a death that occurred more than 40 years ago, you need to look for genealogical records rather than vital statistics.

Marriage Records

In Virginia, you may request marriage records and civil union records through the Office of Vital Statistics or the local Vital Records Office.

Divorce Records

Many of Virginia’s legal filings are available online at the Virginia Court’s website, but if you are unable to find records online, you can go to the Clerk of the Court that granted the divorce.

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