Prince William County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Virginia provides crime statistics by law enforcement agencies rather than county totals. The chief law enforcement body in Prince William County is the Prince William County Police Department. It recorded 4 murders, 113 rapes, 241 robberies, and 576 aggravated assaults in 2017. Incidents of property crimes reported that year include 21 arsons, 506 burglaries, 4,529 larcenies, and 396 motor vehicle thefts.
Compared to the 2013 crime statistics for the county, rape (162.8%, mostly due to the expanded definition of rape), aggravated assault (55.7%) arson (61.5%), and motor vehicle theft (26.1%) rates went up in 2017. On the other hand, the five-year crime trend also indicates that there were fewer cases of murder (33.3%), robbery (1.2%), burglary (28.3%), and larceny (18.3%) in Prince William County.
The State Police provides criminal history checks in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This service is available to the general public as well as private companies. To request for a background check, you have to complete and submit the SP-167 form and include a rolled fingerprint card too. Print the completed form and mail it to the office of the Virginia State Police. Fingerprinting service is also available from the State Police Headquarters located at:
7700 Midlothian Turnpike
North Chesterfield, VA 23235
Phone: (804) 674-2000
Visit the headquarters anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The fee for the first fingerprint card is $10. Each additional card costs $5. Cash and Visa/Mastercard payments are accepted.
Fingerprinting is also available from State Police Division and Area Offices in Prince William County. The Licensing Section of the Prince William Police Department offers this service at its office in Euclid Business Center, 8406 Kao Circle, Manassas. Fingerprinting is available from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. as well as 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The Police Department charges $5 for the first two cards and $5 for each additional card. Fees are payable with cash and credit/debit cards.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) covers the release of police reports, including incident and accident reports, by the Prince William County Police Department. You can submit a FOIA request for any of these records in person, by mail, and by email. Direct in-person and mail requests to:
Prince William County Police Department
Attn: Office of Professional Standards, FOIA Request
5036 Davis Ford Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192
For in-person request, visit this location during weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Send an email FOIA request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write “FOIA Request” in the subject line of the email.
The Virginia General Assembly empowers the State Police through Chapter 9 of Title 9.1 of the Code of Virginia to produce a central database of registered sex offenders in the state and make this resource available to the public. In accordance with these mandates, the Virginia State Police makes the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry searchable online.
You can find convicted sex offenders by searching through the database by name and zip code. Choose Prince William County from the County tab to restrict your search to this county. You can also find offenders living, working, and attending school in the cities and towns of the county by providing local addresses and zip codes.
The only correctional facility in Prince William County is the Adult Detention Center located at 9320 Lee Avenue, Manassas. To inquire about inmates in this facility, call 800-467-4943 or 804-674-3000. Friends and family members can fund inmates’ accounts with money orders, cashier’s checks, and certified checks. Mail these to the Adult Detention Center or place it in the drop box located in the jail lobby.
Prince William County has one courthouse and it is home toa Circuit Court, a General District Court, and a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The Circuit Court is the primary trial court. It holds jury trials and hears all cases involving criminal felonies, marriages and divorces, wills and estates, deeds and land records, and civil cases over $25,000. The General District Court handles misdemeanors and doubles as the traffic court as well as small claims court. The Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court is the family court and the juvenile court.
The address of these courts is:
Prince William County Justice Center
9311 Lee Avenue
Manassas, VA 20110
Below are the contact details of the Clerks of the Circuit Court, General District Court, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court:
Phone: (703) 792-6015
Civil: (703) 792-6029
Criminal Fax: 703-792-5746
Civil Fax: 703-792-7750
General District Court
Phone: (703) 792-6141
Phone: (703) 792-6149 (Civil Division)
Fax: (703) 792-6121
Fax: (703) 792-6646 (Civil Division)
Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
Phone: (703) 792-6160
Circuit Court records are available online on the website of the Virginia Courts Case Information. Make sure to select Prince William County Circuit Court to begin your search. The public can also view electronic court records using the computer terminals in the Public Service Center in Room 305, the Criminal Section in Room 310, and the Civil Section in Room 314 of the courthouse.
Contact the Clerks of Court about obtaining copies of court records. For Circuit Court records, download and complete the Court Case Copy Request form. Bring or mail this to the Clerk’s Office. For current or recently closed (within the last 3 months) court cases, return the form to Room 314 for civil cases and Room 310 for criminal cases. Request for older records go to Room 305. If you opt to submit a mail request, send the completed form to:
Clerk of Circuit Court
Public Service Center, Room 305
9311 Lee Avenue
Manassas, Virginia 20110
The fee for copies of court records is 50 cents per page and an additional $2 per document for certified copies. Include a check or money order for copy fee, as well as a stamped self-addressed envelope, with your mail request.
The Circuit Court Clerk also grants remote access to Prince William County’s land records via its online Land Records Management System (LRMS). This is a subscription service that costs $240 per person. To request access, send a completed Individual Subscriber Agreement for Remote Access to:
Clerk of Circuit Court
Attn: LRMS Web Subscription
9311 Lee Avenue
Manassas, VA 20110
The Clerk of the Circuit Court maintains divorce records in Prince William County. To obtain copies of your divorce decrees, come to the Clerk’s Office in Room 305 of the Public Service Center with a completed Court Case Copy Request form. You can also send a mail request to the Clerk’s address as outlined above. Copy fees for divorce decrees are the same as for other court records.
The Clerk of the Court also keeps marriage records for the county. Follow the same procedures to obtain certified copies of your marriage license. However, you need to bring or mail a Marriage License Copy Request form.
Certified copies of birth and death certificates for Prince William County are only available from the Virginia Department of Health. This agency also provides certified copies of marriage (not marriage license) and divorce (not divorce decree) records. It delivers these vital records via VitalChek. Use the VitalChek order page to place an order.
The Virginia Department of Health has birth and death records from June 1, 1912 to the present. Its marriage and divorce records date back to 1853 and 1918 respectively. The fee for each certified copy issued is $20.80.