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Fairfax County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Fairfax County Arrest Records?

Fairfax County arrest records are law enforcement reports that summarize the arrest history of individuals within the county boundaries. These reports detail the criminal incidents that lead to arrests, warrant information, personal data of the arrestee, and the apprehension. Fairfax County arrest records are created or collected upon questioning or booking of the arrestee by the County Sheriff, Police, or other agencies with arresting power in the county. Individuals can also find the same records at the arresting agency. However, note that these do not often provide information on prosecution and disposition of crimes. Therefore, a Fairfax arrest record is not synonymous with criminal history or conviction records.

Crime Statistics

Fairfax County recorded 19 homicides, 7,773 assaults, 286 forcible sex offenses, and 431 robberies in 2017, the most recent year with a complete set of crime data. Compared to crime statistics for the previous year, homicide and assault rates grew by 5.6% and 4%, respectively. Forcible sex offense incidents increased by 5.9% between 2016 and 2017, while the robbery rate shrank by the same percentage point.

The 2017 distribution of property crimes in Fairfax County includes 765 burglaries, 12,670 larcenies, 711 motor vehicle thefts, and 26 arsons. All of these crimes declined between 2016 and 2017. Burglary and larceny rates shrank by 7.8% and 2.6%, respectively, while the motor vehicle theft rate reduced by 16.2% and arson saw a 7.1% decline.

What are Fairfax County Criminal Records?

Fairfax County criminal records are documents that provide information on the criminal activities of convicted persons in the county. Also known as rap sheets, these are a combination of Fairfax arrest records and criminal case files that provide information of apprehensions and prosecution, as gathered from the county Sheriff’s Office, Police, Courts, and jail. Therefore, an individual’s Fairfax criminal records will contain available information on:

  • Personal information
  • Mugshot
  • Physical descriptions
  • Fingerprints
  • Warrants and arrests
  • Indictments
  • Judgment, sentencing, and correctional status

How Do I Get Fairfax County Criminal Records?

Individuals can also request their own criminal records for offenses committed within the county from the Central Records Section. To do so, download and complete the request form. Bring it to the Central Records Section along with two valid IDs (one of them must be a photo ID) and a check or money order for the $10 fee.

The CJIS Division of the Virginia State Police also issues criminal records. Name-based checks by individuals, private companies, and approved agencies only provide conviction information, while the provision of fingerprint cards will provide arrest/charge data. Interested parties should visit the website, fill the form on the online interface, or download and submit in person or via mail to the CJIS division. Fees range from $13 to $27, depending on the type of record requested.

The Fairfax County Police Department provides incident reports (for involved parties) and non-reportable crash reports upon request. To obtain one of these police reports, visit or send a mail request to the Central Records Section of the Fairfax County Police Department at:

12099 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

The Police Department charges no fee for crash reports requested by parties involved in car accidents or owners of involved vehicles. For other requesters, there is a $5 fee payable by cash, VISA, and MasterCard (for in-person requests); and check and money order made payable to the County of FairFax: (for mail requests). The fee for a police incident report is $10.

How to Find Fairfax County Sex Offender Information?

Chapter 9 of Title 9.1 of the Code of Virginia empowers the Virginia State Police to maintain a registry of sex offenders for all the counties and cities of the Commonwealth. Visit the Sex Offender Registry Search page of the Virginia State Police’s website to find registered sex offenders by name or location. Click the County tab and enter Fairfax to see all registered offenders living, working, and attending school in the county. The tool also allows visitors to restrict their searches to wanted, incarcerated, or civilly committed sex offenders.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Fairfax County Jail?

To visit the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, interested parties should schedule visits by filling the online inmate visit request form provided by the facility. Persons without email address should call the Sheriff’s Office at (703) 246-3430 on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., or schedule visits in person at the information booth of the facility located at:

10520 Judicial Drive,
Fairfax, VA 22030

Inmates can only be visited on Saturdays and Sundays but have only one 20-minutes visit per weekend. All visitors must consent to search and submit valid photo identification along with a completed visiting card before proceeding to the visiting area. Minors under 18 years old must come to the facility with a legal guardian or parent, while children between 15 and 17 have an additional option of submitting a notarized permission letter from parents and guardians instead.

Violations of jail rules may lead to termination of visits and other sanctions imposed on either the visitor or inmate. Interested persons can find the regulations for personal or professional visits online on the facility’s website.

Where and How to Find Fairfax County Inmate Information?

The main correctional facility in Fairfax County is the Adult Detention Center maintained by the Sheriff’s Office. Its records are available from the Virginia Department of Corrections. Therefore, the public can locate inmates in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center using the Offender Locator tool on the website of the Virginia Department of Corrections. Use it to find an inmate by searching by name or offender ID.

What are Fairfax County Court Records?

Fairfax County court records refer to the various types of documents that are created or maintained by a court in the county. These records contain information concerning the judicial proceedings and actions taken in the District or Circuit Court of the county. Examples of these documents include dockets, decrees, orders, case files, etcetera.

The General District Court hears most cases in Fairfax County. These include misdemeanor charges, traffic infractions, civil suits, and preliminary hearings for felony cases. It does not hear jury trials. The records of the Fairfax County General District Court are available online on the statewide District Court Case Information System.

The Fairfax Circuit Court represents the 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia and hears jury and non-jury civil and criminal trials, including felony cases and appeals from the General District and Juvenile Courts. Its vast records are stored in three locations: the Fairfax County Courthouse, the Offsite Records Center, and the Historic Records Center.

Visit the Criminal Division located on the fourth floor, Suite 409 of the Fairfax County Courthouse at 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax to view criminal case files. The Division opens to the public from Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Civil case files generated in the last five years are in the File Room on the third floor of the building. To view and request copies of Probate case files, call the Probate Department at (703) 246-4153.

The Historic Record Center (HRC) holds the records of county and circuit courts from 1742 to the early 1900s as well as Fairfax public records created before 1913. Those interested in viewing and obtaining copies of these records should visit the HRC at 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 1600, Fairfax, VA.

To request copies of civil case files, come to the Civil Records Division located at:

Fairfax Circuit Court
4110 Chain Bridge Road
3rd Floor/Suite 320 – Civil Records/File Room
Fairfax, VA 22030

The office is open to the public from Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. You can also request for Circuit Court records by mail. To do so, download, complete, and send a written request or applicable forms to:

Fairfax Circuit Court
Attention: File Room Copy Center
4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 320
Fairfax, VA 22030

Include a self-addressed stamped envelope and a certified check or money order made payable to the Clerk of the Court.

The Offsite Record Center houses District Court records for the years between 1977 and 1984 as well as some court records older than 5 years. To view and get copies of these records, visit the Offsite Record Center at One University Plaza, 4500 University Drive, Fairfax, VA. It is open to the public from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Location of All Courts in Fairfax County

Fairfax County Circuit Court -19th Judicial Circuit
Fairfax County Courthouse
4110 Chain Bridge Road,
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 691-7320 ext 3
Fax: (703) 591-2349

Fairfax County Circuit Court -19th Judicial District
Fairfax County Courthouse
4110 Chain Bridge Road,
P.O. Box 10157
Fairfax, VA 22038
Phone: (703) 246-3012 (Civil)
Fax: (703) 591-2349 (Civil)
Phone: (703) 246-3305 (Criminal)
Fax: (703) 591-2349 (Criminal)
Phone: (703) 246-2815 (Traffic)
Fax: (703) 352-7851 (Traffic)

Fairfax County Circuit Court -19th Judicial District (Herndon)
765 Lynn Street,
Herndon, VA 22070
Phone: (703) 246-3305 (Criminal)
Fax: (703) 591-2349 (Criminal)
Phone: (703) 246-2815 (Traffic)
Fax: (703) 352-7581 (Traffic)

Fairfax County Circuit Court -19th Judicial District (Vienna)
127 Center Street South,
Vienna, VA 22180
Phone: (703) 246-3305 (Criminal)
Fax: (703) 591-2349 (Criminal)
Phone: (703) 246-2815 (Traffic)
Fax: (703) 352-7581 (Traffic)

Fairfax County District Court - Juvenile and Domestic Relations Division
Fairfax County Courthouse
4110 Chain Bridge Road,
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 246-3367

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What are Fairfax County Vital Records?

Fairfax County vital records are recordings of vital events like births, divorces, deaths, and marriages that happen to individuals in the county. Like most Fairfax County public records, these also restrict sensitive information like social security numbers, medical details, and bank information. However, access to certain records or certified copies of the record may be restricted to persons who can present necessary information as well as provide proof of legitimate claims and interests on the document. Interested persons should note that divorce, marriage, and death records become public information after 25 years, while birth records take 100 years before being disclosed to the public. Moreover, different vital records have various county and state-run depositories.

Where and How to Get Fairfax County Divorce Records

The Virginia Department of Health is the statewide depository of divorce records, while the Circuit Court maintains the final divorce decree. Individuals can get documents from the Vital Records Office through online, mailed, or in-person application to:

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

Requesters of these Fairfax public records must provide valid photo identification (clear photocopy via mail), divorce description, and $12 processing fees in check, credit card, or cash.

For records from the Clerk of the Circuit Court, individuals should download, complete, and send a request form to:

Fairfax Circuit Court
Attention: File Room Copy Center
4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 320
Fairfax, VA 22030

Include a self-addressed stamped envelope and a certified check or money order of $3 made payable to the Clerk of the Court.

Where and How to Get Fairfax County Marriage Records

The Virginia Department of Health serves as the statewide depository of marriage records, while the Clerk of the Circuit Court maintains copies of marriage licenses. Individuals can get documents from the Vital Records Office through online, mailed, or in-person application to:

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

Requesters must provide valid photo identification (clear photocopy via mail), marriage description, and $12 processing fees in check, credit card, or cash.

To requests certified copies of marriage licenses from the Clerk of the Circuit Court, download and send a request form to:

Clerk of the Court
Fairfax Circuit Court
4110 Chain Bridge Road, Room 116
Fairfax, VA 22030
Attn: Marriage License Copies

Include a stamped self-addressed envelope and a cashier’s check or money order made payable to the Clerk of the Court. The fee for each certified copy of a marriage license is $2.50.

Where and How to Get Fairfax County Birth Records

The Virginia Department of Health is the statewide depository of birth records. Individuals can get documents from the Vital Records Office through online, mailed, or in-person application to:

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

Requesters must provide valid photo identification (clear photocopy via mail), birth description, and $12 processing fees in check, credit card, or cash.

Locally, the Fairfax County Office of Vital Records issues birth certificates for events occurring in the county. Residents can obtain certified copies of these records by visiting any of these two locations of the office:

Joseph Willard Health Center
3750 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 246-7122, TTY 711

Mount Vernon District Office
8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 233
Alexandria, VA 22309
Phone: (703) 704-6138, TTY 711

These offices open between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday but close for lunch breaks between 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Where and How to Get Fairfax County Death Records

The Virginia Department of Health maintains statewide death records. Individuals can get documents from the Vital Records Office through online, mailed, or in-person application to:

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

Requesters must provide valid photo identification (clear photocopy via mail), death description, and $12 processing fees in check, credit card, or cash.

Locally, the Fairfax County Office of Vital Records issues death certificates for events occurring in the county. Residents can obtain certified copies of these records by visiting any of these two locations of the office:

Joseph Willard Health Center
3750 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 246-7122, TTY 711

Mount Vernon District Office
8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 233
Alexandria, VA 22309
Phone: (703) 704-6138, TTY 711

These offices open between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday but close for lunch breaks between 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Are Property Records Open to the Public in Fairfax County?

Under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Fairfax County property records are open for access to the general public. Residents of the county can contact the custodian office to get copies of Fairfax County property records.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Fairfax County?

The Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration’s (DTA) Real Estate Division collects and records data of all real property in Fairfax County. Interested persons may request copies of property records from the DTA at:

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 223 and 357
Fairfax, VA 22035
(703) 222-8234

The Land Records Division of the Fairfax County Circuit maintains land records of Fairfax County land records. To obtain a copy of a land record, fill out the Request for Land Records Copies. Include payment and send it to:

Fairfax Circuit Court
4110 Chain Bridge Road
Suite 317
Fairfax, VA 22030
Attention: Land Records Division
(703) 691-7320

Copy page costs 50 cents per copy and $2 for a certified copy.

How to Look Up Fairfax County Property Records?

The DTA provides the public with online access to property records through the property search portal. The search provides search options such as an address, map number, and map search.

Location of Fairfax County Property Assessors

Department of Tax Administration
Real Estate Division
12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 357
Fairfax, VA 22035
(703) 222-8234