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Virginia Beach Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Statistics

The Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) provides access to crime maps and city-wide crime statistics. It also publishes annual reports each year. Records released in 2017 reveal that the city recorded a total of 9,584 reported crime incidents, made up of 8,790 cases and 625 reports of violent crime.

Compared to data released in 2016, the total number of crimes in Virginia Beach slipped by 9.4%. Reports of larcenies dropped by 9.3%, burglaries dipped by 12.3% and cases of aggravated assault decreased by 12.9%. Overall, with 5.68 daily crimes per 100.000 residents, the annual crime rate in the city was 25% lower than the national average, making Virginia Beach safer than 58% of the cities in the U.S.

Police Reports and Arrest Records

The Virginia Beach Police Department provides public access to a myriad of records, including arrest warrants, sex offender information, accident reports, police reports, incident reports, crime statistics, and cold case files.

Who Can Request a Report?

In compliance with Virginia state laws, access to some police reports may be restricted to only authorized applicants. Requests can be made by witnesses or victims of a crime, insurance carriers, or legal representatives of victims. Requests for juvenile information will require the permission of the presiding judge of Juvenile court.

How to Obtain Public Police Records

The VBPD provides online access to incident reports and accident reports via its ePRO web application. It provides basic information like the date and location of an incident, status on arrest warrants and statistics on neighborhood crimes. Reports not provided on the ePRO portal may be accessible by submitting an online Police Freedom Of Information Act request (FOIA). Interested parties must provide their full name and contact address.

How to Find Information on Arrest Warrants

Data on arrest warrants can be accessed on the police department's arrest warrants search page. Searches can be made using the subject’s last name, other names, warrant type and charge code. Search results produce information about warrant number, issue date, case number, and the full name on the warrant.

How to Obtain Sex Offender Information

The Virginia State Police provides online access to sex offender information via its sex offender registry search. Searches can be conducted by name, using the zip code, address, county or city.

In addition, residents can search for registered offenders currently enrolled at an institution of higher education. Information about wanted sex offenders is also provided, giving details of their full name, photograph, address, city, county, state and zip code.

Obtaining Court Records

Virginia’s Judicial System provides online access to court records via several platforms. Members of the public can search for information on court cases heard at the Supreme Court of Virginia via the appellate case management system. Requesters can conduct searches using a known SCV record number or by combining different search criteria, such as the name, case type and tribunal case number. Access to case information heard at the Court of Appeals of Virginia can be done using its case management system.

Residents can also obtain court records from the circuit court using its records indexing search system. It provides court information about deeds, lands, and wills. However, registration is required to gain access. The General District Court maintains a case management system that provides data about service of process and reports, while the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court offers court information through the use of its court payment name search.

Note: Information about juvenile cases is restricted and cannot be accessed by the public.

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

VITAL RECORDS

Vital records can be obtained at the county and state level. Eligible members of the public may apply for birth certificates, death certificates, and records of domestic partnership. A government-issued I.D may be required for most records.

How to Find Divorce Records

Divorce record can be obtained at the Virginia Department of Health Vital Records. The office processes any request made in person or by mail. To obtain a record by mail, eligible parties must send a completed application or letter in addition to a government-issued photo I.D and applicable fees to the:

Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, Virginia 23218-1000

How to Find Marriage Records

Copies of marriage certificates can be obtained from the Virginia Beach Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Requests can be made in person or by mail. All applications should include a completed certified copy of marriage license request form. In addition to the completed form, mailed requests should a check or money order payable to ‘Circuit Court Clerk’ and should be enclosed in a self-addressed, stamped envelope sent to:

Virginia Beach Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
Attention Marriage Licenses
2425 Nimmo Parkway
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456

In-person applications can also be made at the same address.

How to Obtain Birth Records

The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health processes requests for birth records. To be eligible for application, the birth must have occurred in Virginia. Immediate family members, including spouse, child, sibling, parent, and grandparent, are allowed to obtain a birth certificate on behalf of the registrant. Legal guardians are also authorized to obtain a birth certificate if they show documentation of custody. All birth certificate applicants must include a government-issued photo identification as part of their request.

Note: Non-immediate family members such as cousins, in-laws, aunts, and uncles are not authorized to obtain a birth certificate on behalf of a registrant.

Requests can be made in person at:

Virginia Beach Department of Public Health
Pembroke Corporate Center III
4452 Corporation Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

How to Obtain Death Records

The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health processes requests for death certificates. It restricts access to authorized copies to only the deceased’s immediate family members, including spouse, child, sibling, parent, and grandparent. All death certificate applications must include a government-issued photo identification of the applicant. Non-immediate family members of the deceased such as cousins, in-laws, aunts, and uncles are not authorized to obtain a death certificate. Requests can be made in person at the:

Virginia Beach Department of Public Health
Pembroke Corporate Center III
4452 Corporation Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23462