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Fauquier County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Fauquier County Public Records?

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act defines Fauquier County public records to include all writings and recordings that consist of letters, words or numbers, or other comparable materials generated and stored by a public body in connection with a public activity. They may be in the form of handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostatting, photography, magnetic impulse, optical or magneto-optical form, mechanical or electronic recording, or other forms. The following information are precluded from public access:

  • Personnel information concerning identifiable individuals
  • Information protected by the attorney-client privilege
  • memoranda and other work product compiled specifically for use in litigation or for use in an active administrative investigation
  • Records recorded in or compiled exclusively for use in closed meetings lawfully
  • Computer software developed by or for a state agency, public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth, or political subdivision of the Commonwealth.
  • Appraisals and cost estimates of real property subject to a proposed purchase, sale, or lease, prior to the completion of such purchase, sale, or lease.
  • Confidential information, proprietary information, trade secrets, and financial information
  • Information concerning security plans and specific assessment components of school safety audits
  • Records of active investigations
  • Health records
  • Reports and court documents required to be kept confidential

Fauquier County Crime Statistics

The Virginia State Police serves as the primary repository for crime statistics in the State. The office publishes these statistics annually. In 2019, there were 316 reported crimes in Fauquier county. Violent crimes included one murder case, 11 rapes, and 24 aggravated assaults. Property crimes reported were one arson, 20 burglaries, one robbery, 8 motor vehicle thefts, and 250 larcenies.

Between 2015 and 2019, the county recorded a 34.02% decline in total crimes. Murder incidences declined by 50%, aggravated assault by 20%, arson by 85.71%, robbery by 90%, burglary by 60%, larceny by 28.57%, and motor vehicle theft by 61.90%, while rape had a 22.22% jump.

Are Fauquier County Criminal Records Public?

In compliance with Virginia State Law, Fauquier County criminal records are public except for those pertaining to juveniles. Residents can obtain Fauquier County criminal record checks from the Virginia State Police. Anyone can obtain a name-based record check. Requesters are to mail a completed and notarized Criminal History Search Form (SP-167) to:

Virginia State Police Mailing Address
P.O. Box 27472
Richmond, VA 23261
Phone: (804) 674-2131
Email: ncjihelp@vsp.virginia.gov

Fauquier criminal records costs $15 per request, and an additional $5 is attached if the applicant is also requesting sex offender information. Acceptable forms of payment include money order, certified check, business check, credit/debit card. Notably, this service only provides conviction data of the subject. To obtain arrest data, submit a fingerprint card with the request form. Requesters can make more inquiries by email or phone.

Qualified agencies and certain employers may request name-based checks using the Criminal Record Name Search Form (SP-230). The form does not require notarization. It costs $15 per request and $20 for name-based and sex offender checks. Pay with a money order, certified check, business check, credit/debit card (Mastercard or Visa).

How to Obtain Fauquier County Police Reports and Arrest Records?

Fauquier County arrest records and police reports are kept and issued by the Office of the Fauquier County Sheriff. Faquier arrest records are displayed publicly on the Sheriff’s Office website, while residents can obtain their accident report by using the Accident Report Search feature. The search requires requesters to provide their first name, last name, driver’s license number, and the state where the license was issued. To get a crash and incident report through mail, complete and send the Freedom Of Information Request Form to the Sheriff’s office. This service attracts a $10 processing fee. For more information about Fauqier arrest records and police report, contact the Sheriff’s Office at:

Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office
78 West Lee Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 422-8600
Fax: (540) 422-8605
Email: Sheriff.FOIA@fauquiercounty.gov

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Fauquier County?

The Virginia State Police maintains a statewide Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. Individuals can search and view Fauquier County sex offender information. Search for offenders by name, address, zip code, county, city, and school. Parties have the option of including or excluding additional search parameters. County residents may also sign up for email notifications to get alerts when a sex offender moves into an area.

How to Find Fauquier County Inmate Records?

Interested persons can access Fauquier County inmate records by contacting the booking desk of the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center at:

Fauquier County Adult Detention Center
50 West Lee Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 422-8700

The booking desk only provides information like name, current charges, court of jurisdiction, and bonding information. The desk does not provide information on court dates due to security considerations. Residents may also get information on incarcerated inmates by accessing the Inmate Inquiry provided by the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office. Searches can be conducted by using the inmate’s last name.

Fauquier County is also a part of the Northwestern Regional Jail Authority located in Winchester, Virginia. This partnership allows the County to transfer inmates due to overpopulation, medical concerns or other security reasons. If an inmate has been transferred to the regional jail, contact the jail authority at (540) 665-6374.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Fauquier County Jail?

Residents can visit inmates at the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center located at:

Fauquier County Adult Detention Center
50 West Lee Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 422-8700

Visiting hours for male inmates are from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. while female inmates may receive visitors from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each inmate has a 20-minute minimum and 25-minute maximum visitation limit. For more visitation details, look up guidelines on the Adult Detention Center’s Web Page or contact the jail at the address above.

Court Records

Fauquier County court records are the official documentation of cases tried in the county’s courts. The Fauquier County court system comprises a Circuit Court, General District Court, and a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts. The Circuit Court has general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases but typically only handle cases beyond the jurisdiction of other courts that serve the county. The General District Court and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court have limited jurisdiction over certain types of cases. Records of the cases handled by courts are maintained and issued by the Clerk of the Fauquier Circuit Court.

Location of Courts in Fauquier County

Below are the locations of the courts in Fauquier County

Circuit Courts in Fauquier County

Fauquier County Circuit Court - 20th Judicial Circuit
29 Ashby Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 422-8100

General District Courts in Fauquier County

Fauquier County General District Court - 20th Judicial District
6 Court Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 422-8035
Fax: (540) 422-8033

Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts in Fauquier County

Fauquier County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
14 Main Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 422-8040
Fax: (540) 422-8041

Are Fauquier County Court Records Public?

Pursuant to Virginia state laws, Fauquier court records are public records. The court may however preclude a record from being public by making an order to that effect. Fauquier County court records are made available to interested residents by the Office of the Clerk of the Fauquier Circuit Court. The Clerk may set conditions for the release of these records. Conditions may range from filling out forms, to payment of certain fees to presenting valid government-issued ID.

Can You Look Up a Fauquier County Court Case Online?

Attorneys can access a Fauquier County court case online via the Court Remote Access (OCRA) provided by the Office of the Fauquier Circuit Court Clerk. The case of interest must have been filed after January 1, 2008, and this service requires an annual subscription of $120. At the state level, interested parties may search Fauquier County Court General District and Circuit Court case information on the statewide Online Case Information System provided by the Virginia Judiciary. Searches can be made by name, case number, or hearing date. However, this search is limited to criminal or traffic cases. A more intensive search for criminal and civil case files is provided for the Fauquier County Circuit Court and General District Court.

How to Obtain Fauquier County Civil Court Case Records?

To obtain Fauquier County civil court case records, mail in a request or visit the records room in the Clerk’s Office at the address below. The records room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fauquier County Circuit Court Clerk
29 Ashby Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 422-8100
Email: clerk@fauquiercounty.gov

It costs 50 cents per page for regular copies and $3 for certified copies. If the record is to be searched for, it costs $5 per name. These fees are payable by check or money order to Clerk, Circuit Court of Fauquier County. The Clerk’s Office also offers Court Remote Access (OCRA) to attorneys who want to access civil court cases filed after January 1, 2008. Similarly, Fauquier County civil court case records are available online at the state level via the Case Information System for the Fauquier County Circuit Court and General District Court.

How to Obtain Fauquier County Criminal Court Records?

To obtain court records in the county, mail in a request or visit the records room in the Clerk’s Office at the address below.

Fauquier County Circuit Court Clerk
29 Ashby Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 422-8100
Email: clerk@fauquiercounty.gov

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

It costs 50 cents per page for regular copies and $3 for certified copies. If the record is to be searched for, it costs $5 per name. These fees are payable by check or money order to Clerk, Circuit Court of Fauquier County. Email the Clerk for inquiries.

The Clerk’s Office also offers Court Remote Access (OCRA) to attorneys who want to access criminal cases filed after January 1, 20018. This service requires an annual subscription of $120.

Fauquier County criminal court case records are also available online at the state level via the Case Information System of the Virginia Judiciary. Requesters may need to provide information like name, case number, or hearing date of the record they search for.

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

What are Fauquier County Vital Records?

Fauquier County vital records are documentations of important events such as birth, death, marriage, and divorce. These records are maintained by the Clerk of Circuit Court who acts as records custodian in the county. The Fauquier County Circuit Court Clerk issues marriage records from 1759 to date, and birth and death records from 1853 to 1896, together with all divorce records. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records issues divorce records from 1918 to date, marriage records from 1936 to date, and birth and death records from 1912 to date. Fauquier vital records are closed in accordance with Virginia state law. Hence, only the record subject(s), immediate family members including parents, siblings (adult), spouse, and children (adult) may access the record. Nevertheless, vital records become public after 25 years from the date of the recorded occurrence.

Where and How to Obtain Fauquier County Divorce Records?

Fauquier County divorce records are maintained and issued at the county level by the Fauquier County Circuit Court Clerk, and at the state level by the Vital Records Office of the Virginia Department of Health. Like other Fauquier court records, to obtain copies of Fauquier County divorce records, applicants are to mail their requests or visit the records room in the Fauquier Circuit Clerk’s Office at:

Fauquier County Circuit Court Clerk
29 Ashby Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 422-8100
Email: clerk@fauquiercounty.gov

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Clerk’s office may require requesters to provide certain information about the divorce record they request like the names of the parties, and where the divorce took place. This is usually done to facilitate the search of the record.

To obtain Fauquier County divorce records, print, complete, and sign an Application for Certification of a Divorce Record (available in Spanish). Alternatively, create the application form online to order divorce records from the vital records office. This request may also be written. Applicants using the printable form or writing the request may order via mail with a copy of valid identification and required payment to the address below. Call the office on (804) 662-6200 for inquiries.

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

Each certificate and record search costs $12. Requesters are to make payments by check or money order payable to the State Department of Health. It takes 3 weeks to process a request. Requesters can track applications with their issued application numbers.

Where and How to Get Public Fauquier County Marriage Records?

Order certified copies of Fauquier County marriage records by mail or in-person from the Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office. It costs $3 per certified copy for records 75 years old to date. Older records cost $.50 per page and an additional $2 for certification. It costs $5 for record searches. Available payment methods include cash, check, or money order. Visit the office at the address below with the full names of both spouses and the marriage license number. Parties who do not know the aforementioned number are required to pay the search fee.

Fauquier County Circuit Court Clerk
29 Ashby Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 422-8100
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Residents may also obtain their Fauquier County marriage certificate from the VDH Office of vital statistics by filling out the Application for Certification of a Marriage Record (available in Spanish). Requesters must mail the completed form together with the stipulated fees and valid identification to:

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

Certificate and record search costs $12 each. Payments should be made by check or money order addressed to the State Department of Health. A request may require up to three weeks of processing. Requesters can follow up their applications with their record application numbers. Requests can also be made online by completing the Online Application for Certification of a Vital Record and following the instructions provided.

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Fauquier County?

Pursuant to Virginia state law, Fauquier marriage records are closed records, only to be available to eligible parties. They however become public records after 25 years after the date of the marriage.

Where and How to Find Fauquier County Birth Records?

Fauquier County birth records can be obtained from both the VDH Office of Vital Records and the Office of the Clerk of Fauquier Circuit Court. It costs $3 to order certified birth records through the Clerk’s Office and $12 to order through the vital records office. Record seekers are required to include a $5 search fee if details of the record are not known and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Acceptable forms of payment include check or money order made out to Clerk, Circuit Court of Fauquier County.

Fauquier County Circuit Court Clerk
29 Ashby Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 422-8100
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Applicants requesting Fauquier County birth certificates from the vital records office are required to complete and sign an Application for Certification of Birth Record Form (also available in Spanish) or generate the form online. Alternatively, write the request. Send the written request or application form by mail, include valid identification and the applicable fees. Below is the office’s address:

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

The office provides a website for requesters to track applications. The processing time per request is 3 weeks. Requesters may also order their birth records online. To do so, complete the Online Application for Certification of a Vital Record and follow the instructions on the website.

Where and How to Find Fauquier County Death Records?

Residents can request Fauquier County death certificates from the Office of the Circuit Court’s Clerk. To do so, requesters must visit the office in person or mail the request. The office charges $3 for certified copies and $5 to search Fauquier County death records. Make in-person or mail requests to the address below:

Fauquier County Circuit Court Clerk
29 Ashby Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 422-8100
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For mail requests, record seekers must include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Payments can be made by check or money order addressed to the "Clerk, Circuit Court of Fauquier County." To order a death record through the VDH, residents must complete and sign an Application for Certification of a Death Record (available in Spanish) or create the application form online. Applicants may also write the request. Submit the printable form or written request with proper identification and the applicable fee to the address below:

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

The office charges $12 per certified copy/search. It takes 3 weeks to process a request. Applicants may track requests with their application number. This number is generated automatically. Interested persons may also request death records online by filling out the Online Application for Certification of a Vital Record and proceeding with the instructions provided.