Fairfax County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

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 robbery rate shrank by the same percentage point.

The 2017 distribution of property crimes in Fairfax County includes765 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 motor vehicle theft rate reduced by 16.2% and arson saw a 7.1% decline.

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.

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.

Criminal Records

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.

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.

Court Records

The General District Court hears most cases in Fairfax County. These include misdemeanor charges, traffic infarctions, 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 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 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 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 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. You can also request for Circuit Court records like Final Divorce Decree by mail. To do so, 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 made payable to the Clerk of the Court. The fee for each certified copy of a Final Divorce Decree is $3.

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 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Public Records

The Fairfax County Office of Vital Records issues birth and death certificates for events occurring in the county. Residents can obtain certified copies of these vital 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 and 1 pm.

Requests for certified copies of marriage licenses go to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. To obtain copies of a marriage license, 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.