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Alexandria Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Alexandria Public Records?

Alexandria public records are non-confidential documents that contain written, typed, or electronically recorded information generated and stored by local or state-run agencies. These records are public because they are not under any legal restriction on disclosure or have sensitive content like:

  • Health or medical reports, including mental health assessments of a violent predator
  • Information termed confidential under the Freedom of Information Act or other laws
  • Information that violates personal privacy
  • Records of ongoing prosecution or investigations
  • Sensitive security and financial information
  • Proprietary information, trade secrets, and so on

Alexandria Crime Statistics

According to the crime statistics reported by the Virginia State Police, the City of Alexandria recorded 3,086 arrests and 6,671 offenses in 2019. The report revealed that the total arrest figure comprised 2,793 adult arrests and 293 juvenile arrests, while 1,939 out of 100,000 residents were arrested this year.

Relatively, the offense data consisted of 1,772 crimes against persons, 4,335 crimes against property, and 564 crimes against society. The more popular crimes included simple assaults, vandalism, and motor vehicle theft with 1,299, 797, and 575 recorded incidents. There were also two arson incidents, two incidents of murder/nonnegligent manslaughter, 15 forcible rapes, 80 robberies, 120 burglaries, and 490 other larcenies, amongst others.

Are Alexandria Criminal Records Public?

Alexandria criminal records fall under the category of public records according to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. These records may include information such as the description of criminal activity, date and location of the alleged crime, investigative officer’s name, mugshot, and other identifiable details. Other information is under discretionary or prohibited release, depending on the confidentiality of the record.

Residents can conduct local criminal background checks from the Alexandria Police Department (APD) and statewide checks through the Virginia State Police (VSP). For local criminal history, take along two forms of identification, $10 per check, and proof of current of past residency in the city to the Information Services Section of the APD at:

3600 Wheeler Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: (703) 746-4444

For statewide checks, individuals may make online background check requests or contact the VSP at (804) 674-2000 for additional information.

How to Obtain Police Reports and Arrest Records

The Alexandria Police Department generates, maintains, and issues various police reports and records, like crime/arrest reports and crash reports, according to state laws. Access to some information is limited, but individuals can get traffic, crash, or accident reports online and use the crime database search tool to get information on arrests for free.

For Alexandria arrest records, users should provide known crime details like dates, location, case details, and select ‘arrest’ under the disposition section. The search results will provide a list of relevant incidents with case numbers, report dates and time, disposition, location, and crime classification. For other reports or additional information, contact the APD at:

3600 Wheeler Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: (703) 746-4444

Note: Information on individuals who are currently incarcerated in the Alexandria Detention Center is available at the Sheriff’s Office.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Alexandria

Interested persons can find information on sex offenders who are living, working, schooling, or incarcerated in the City of Alexandria through the sex offender and crimes against minors registry provided by the Virginia State Police. Users can use the search tools on the registry to find offenders by name, city, county, school, address, or zip code, depending on the available or required information.

Search results can also be structured to include or exclude wanted offenders, incarcerated offenders, civilly committed offenders, or neighboring zip codes. Additionally, individuals can check the supplementary registry or listing of wanted offenders, as well as register for community notifications on the website.

How to Find Alexandria Inmate Records

The Alexandria Sheriff Office is in charge of the operations and records of the Alexandria Detention Center. These records are available at the Custodian of Records for the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office. However, access or disclosure of Alexandria inmate records has certain limitations. Individuals interested in obtaining these records should contact the Sheriff’s Office at:

2003 Mill Road,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 746-5000 (during business hours)
Phone: (703) 746-5050 (after business hours)

Requesters may need to provide valid photo identification and inmate details like full name, race, inmate number, or date of birth for the search and release of the record.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Alexandria City Jail?

Inmate visits at the Alexandria Detention Center can be made either through video or in-person. Visits occur every day, excluding Tuesdays and Fridays. Inmates may have two visit sessions weekly, which are pre-scheduled and initiated by the inmate. The inmate is also responsible for letting potential visitors know the appropriate time slots. The detention center is located at 2001 Mill Road, Alexandria, and all visitors, except minors under the age of 13, should provide proper identification. Other visitation rules to note include:

  • Visitors and their properties are subject to search
  • A parent, guardian, or adult relative must accompany or supervise
  • A maximum of three persons are permitted per session, including children
  • No eating, smoking, or drinking on the premises
  • No phones or recording devices in the visitation area
  • No contraband or prohibited items allowed
  • Visitors must dress suitably

There are some exceptions to these rules for professional and special visits. For additional information on the visitation rules, dress code, prohibited items, and more go to the visitation page or call (703) 746-5044 or (703) 746-4099.

Court Records

Alexandria court records are documents that contain information on the judicial proceedings, legal actions, and administrative works that happen in courts located in the city. These records are gathered by the court clerk or administrator and often include case files, transcripts, dockets, judgment rolls, video/audio recordings, and so on.

Locations of Courts in Alexandria

Alexandria Circuit Court - 18th Judicial Circuit
Alexandria Courthouse
520 King Street,
Third and Fourth Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 746-4044

Alexandria General District Court - 18th Judicial District
Alexandria Courthouse
520 King Street,
Second Floor
Alexandria, VA 22320
Phone: (703) 746-4021 (Civil)
Phone: (703) 746-4030 (Criminal)
Phone: (703) 746-4041 (Traffic)

Alexandria Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
Alexandria Courthouse
520 King Street,
Alexandria, VA 22320
Phone: (703) 746-4141
Fax: (703) 838-4092

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse
401 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 299-2100

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
200 South Washington Street,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 258-1200

Are Alexandria Court Records Public?

Like most public records, the release of Alexandria court records also depends on the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and the kind of information contained within the requested document. Certain information that is considered confidential may be redacted from the copies given to the public or withheld entirely, following state laws. These include:

  • Information on minors, or juvenile and child custody cases
  • Records on ongoing criminal investigation or prosecution
  • Medical records, including mental health reports
  • Financial, security, and private personal details
  • Records sealed by court order
  • Other information considered confidential by law

Can You Look Up an Alexandria Court Case Online?

Not all information on cases held in an Alexandria Court is accessible online. However, individuals may conduct searches by using the Virginia General District Court Information System. Users should select “Alexandria General District Court” and provide information like the party's name, case number, service/process, case type, or hearing date to commence the search. For Circuit Court case information, visit the AJIS system to subscribe or get immediate access to various search tools and indexes. Individuals can also use the above-mentioned details to find relevant information.

How to Obtain Alexandria Civil Court Case Records

Individuals may obtain information on civil cases that took place in Alexandria General District Court online by using the Virginia General District Court Information System and Circuit Court civil cases from January 1983 to date with the AJIS system. Users should select ‘civil’ as case type when required and may use court name, parties' names, case number, service/process, or hearing date to commence the search.

Other ways to obtain case records include sending mailed requests or making them in person with the clerk of the appropriate court where cases were filed. Like with online searches, requesters should provide case or record descriptions. Additionally, the custodian may require acceptable means of identification and fees for searching or duplicating records.

How to Obtain Alexandria Criminal Court Records

Individuals may obtain information on criminal cases that took place in Alexandria General District Court online by using the Virginia General District Court Information System and Circuit Court criminal cases from July 1987 to date with the AJIS system. Users should select 'criminal' as case type when required and may use court name, parties' names, case number, service/process, or hearing date to commence the search.

Other ways to obtain case records include sending mailed requests or making them in person with the clerk of the appropriate court where cases were filed. Like with online searches, requesters should provide case or record descriptions. Additionally, the custodian may require acceptable means of identification and fees for searching or duplicating records.

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

What are Alexandria Vital Records?

Alexandria vital records are categories of public records that contain details of life events like divorces, births, deaths, and marriages, which took place within the city. These records include certificates, licenses, and decrees that can be copied and used for official or informational purposes.

However, Alexandria vital records have partial restrictions, depending on the year of the event and the requester's authorization or relationship to the document. For instance, members of the public have to wait until the 100th anniversary of a birth to obtain copies of the birth certificate from the city or state-run custodian, and 25 years for divorce, marriage, and death record. During this restricted period, these documents are strictly accessible by the record registrants, close relatives, and other authorized persons.

Where and How to Obtain Alexandria Divorce Records

The Vital Record Office of the Virginia Department of Health maintains and issues records of divorces that took place in Alexandria and other areas of the state from 1918 to the present. Individuals can get copies of Alexandria divorce records by sending completed request forms, clear copy of valid identification, and required fees to:

Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, VA 23218-1000
Phone: (804) 662-6200

The office charges $12 per requested copy. Fees should be in a money order or check and made payable to the ‘State Health Department’. Requesters should note that records of divorces that have not reached their 25th anniversary are available to the divorced party, direct relatives, and other authorized persons. For additional information, contact the Alexandria Health Department at (703) 746-4991.

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Alexandria

The Vital Record Office of the Virginia Department of Health maintains and issues records of marriages that took place in Alexandria and other areas of the state from 1936 to the present. Eligible persons like the married couple, close relatives, and other authorized parties can get copies of Alexandria marriage records by sending completed request forms, clear copy of valid identification, and required fees to:

Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, VA 23218-1000
Phone: (804) 662-6200

The office charges $12 per requested copy. Fees should be in a money order or check and made payable to the ‘State Health Department’. Copies of Alexandria marriage certificates are also obtainable from the Clerk of the Circuit Clerk. Individuals should make requests in person or via mail with the date of marriage, names of both parties at the time of the marriage, fees, and stamped, self-addressed envelope (mail only) at:

Alexandria Circuit Court - 18th Judicial Circuit
Alexandria Courthouse
520 King Street,
Third and Fourth Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 746-4044

The Clerk charges $2.50 per certified copy. Fees can be in cash or money order made payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Nonetheless, members of the public can obtain basic information of marriages that occurred since July 1983, including marriages that happened in Alexandria within 25 years with the marriage license search tool. These details include file number, parties’ full name, date of license collection, and date of marriage.

Where and How to Get Public Alexandria Marriage Records

The Vital Record Office of the Virginia Department of Health maintains and issues records of marriages that took place in Alexandria and other areas of the state from 1936 to the present. These records are closed until the 25th anniversary of the marriage, from which individuals can request copies of Alexandria marriage records by sending completed request forms, clear copy of valid identification, and required fees to:

Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, VA 23218-1000
Phone: (804) 662-6200

The office charges $12 per requested copy. Fees should be in a money order or check and made payable to the ‘State Health Department’. Furthermore, members of the public can obtain basic information on marriages that occurred since July 1983 by using the marriage license search tool. These search details may include file number, parties’ full names, date of license collection, and date of marriage.

Where and How to Find Alexandria Birth Records

The Vital Record Office of the Virginia Department of Health maintains and issues records of births that took place in Alexandria and other areas of the state from 1912 to the present. Individuals can get copies of Alexandria birth records by sending completed request forms, clear copy of valid identification, and required fees to:

Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, VA 23218-1000
Phone: (804) 662-6200

The office charges $12 per requested copy. Fees should be in a money order or check and made payable to the ‘State Health Department’. Requesters should note that Alexandria birth certificates that have not reached their 100th anniversary are strictly available to the adult subject of the record, direct relatives, and other authorized persons. For additional information, contact the Alexandria Health Department at (703) 746-4991.

Where and How to Find Alexandria Death Records

The Vital Record Office of the Virginia Department of Health maintains and issues records of deaths that took place in Alexandria and other areas of the state from 1912 to the present. Individuals can get copies of Alexandria death records by sending completed request forms, clear copy of valid identification, and required fees to:

Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, VA 23218-1000
Phone: (804) 662-6200

The office charges $12 per requested copy. Fees should be in a money order or check and made payable to the ‘State Health Department’. Requesters should note that records of deaths that have not reached their 25th anniversary are available to the deceased’s spouse, direct relatives, and other authorized persons. For additional information, contact the Alexandria Health Department at (703) 746-4991.