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Stafford County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

According to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) reports for 2018, law enforcement agencies recorded nine murders, 47 rapes, 32 robberies, and 198 aggravated assaults in Stafford County. The reports also revealed 119 burglaries, 306 larceny thefts, 72 motor vehicle thefts, and six arsons in the same year.

A quick comparison of crime data for 2014 and 2018 shows increasing murder (800%), rape (80.8%), robbery (6.7%), and aggravated assault (24.5%) rates at Stafford County in 2018. On the contrary, burglary (23.7%), larceny-theft (27.5%), motor vehicle theft (33.3%), and arson (14.3%) rates declined in the same year.

Criminal Records

The Record Division of the Stafford County Sheriff's Office processes requests for criminal history records. This service is only available to individuals requesting personal records. To request copies of this record, complete a Criminal Record Request and submit by mail or in-person to the Record Division. All mail requests must be notarized. Copy of valid government-issued identification is required to process each request.

When submitting a mail request, send a completed request and copy of identification to:

Stafford County Sheriff's Office
Records Division
1225 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 189
Stafford, VA 22554
Phone: (540) 658-4420

To request a criminal history record in-person, visit the address provided above. The office is open between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The Stafford County Sheriff's Office provides incident and accident reports for members of the public. To request copies of incident reports, visit the Stanford County Sheriff's Office at the address provided above. The office also offers incident reports daily and annually in the news section of the Sheriff's Office website. Visit the Stafford County Sheriff's Office, News Page to view these online incident reports.

To obtain an accident report for Stafford County, start by completing an Accident Report Request. The completed request should be submitted in-person or mailed to the Stafford County Sheriff's Office at the address provided above.

The Virginia State Police maintains a sex offender registry for all the counties in the state. To know the locations of sex offenders living in Stafford County, visit the Sex Offender Registry. The registry can be searched by address, zip code, county name, city name, and school. The search can also be restricted to include only wanted sex offenders, civilly committed offenders, or incarcerated offenders.

Jail Information

The Rappahannock Regional Jail serves as a detention facility for Stafford, Spotsylvania, and King George Counties and the City of Fredericksburg. It is located at:

Rappahannock Regional Jail
1745 Jefferson Davis Highway
Stafford, VA 22554
Phone: (540) 288-5245

Family and friends can deposit money into inmates’ accounts at the kiosk in the jail lobby. Credit/debit cards and cash are accepted for payment.

Inmates can also receive funds through money order or cashier’s check mailed to them. The money order or cashier’s check must contain the inmate’s name and I.D.number. To send money to an inmate through this method, mail a completed money order or cashier’s check to:

Inmate's Full Legal Name
Inmate's I.D.Number
Rappahannock Regional Jail
P.O. Box 3300
Stafford, VA 22555

Alternatively, inmates can receive funds through an online platform. To send money online, visit the Jail ATM website and follow the procedure.

Inmate Records

Detailed records of inmates’ information are available online at the jail website. To access the records of inmates currently incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail, visit the Inmates Public Website.

Court Records

The circuit court is the highest trial court in Stafford County. The address and contact information is as follows:

Stafford County Circuit Court - 15th Judicial Circuit
Judicial Center
1300 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 69
Stafford, VA 22555
Phone: (540) 658-8750
Fax: (540) 658-4653

Stafford County also has General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Below are the addresses and contact information of these courts:

Stafford County General District Court - 15th Judicial District
Judicial Center
1300 Courthouse Road
Stafford, VA 22554
Phone: (540) 658-8766

Stafford County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
Judicial Center
1300 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 400
Stafford, VA 22555
Phone: (540) 658-8775
Fax: (540) 658-4640

Stafford County court records are available from the courthouses. To view, inspect or obtain copies of the circuit and other court records in the county, contact the clerk of the courts by calling or visiting. The contact information and addresses of the courts are provided above.

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Vital Records

The Clerk of Circuit Court is the official custodian of divorce records in Stafford County. To obtain copies of divorce decrees and other divorce records, pay a visit to the Clerk of Courts at the address provided above. The Virginia Department of Health keeps statewide records of marriage, divorce, birth and death events. The department holds birth and death records from 1912 to the present. Divorce records from 1918 and marriage records from 1936 to the present are also available in this department. These vital records are restricted and provided for records owners or their relations. However, after 25 years, divorce, marriage, and death records become public documents, while birth records remain restricted until after 100 years.

To request divorce, marriage, birth, or death certificate in Stafford County, complete an Application for Vital Record Certificate. Each application is at $12 fee, payable by credit/debit card, money order, check, or cash. The check or money order must be made out to the State Health Department. A copy of an Acceptable Form of Identification is required for processing each request.

The Virginia Department of Health processes both in-person and mail requests. When requesting in-person, pay a visit to the Vital Records Office located at:

2001 Maywill Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: (804) 662-6200

The office is open from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.

For mail requests, send a complete application, acceptable identification, and payment to:

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

While the Virginia Department of Health provides marriage certificates, the Stafford Clerk of Circuit Court issues copies of marriage licenses on request. Each copy costs $2.50. Applicants can order copies by visiting or sending a request to the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court at the courthouse address provided above.

Are Property Records Open to the Public in Stafford County

Under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, all Stafford County public records, including property records are open to the public members. Interested persons can inspect and obtain copies of Stafford County property records from the custodial agency responsible for storing and generating the public documents.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Stafford County

The Stafford County Commissioner of the Revenue, via the Real Estate Division, is responsible for maintaining and documenting all real property records generated within the county. It maintains real property records for the purpose of taxation and assessment. In addition, it processes Deeds documents from the County Clerk of Courts. Record seekers can request and obtain property records in person at the:

Commissioner of the Revenue's Office
Real Estate Division
1300 Courthouse Road
2nd Floor
P.O. Box 98
Stafford, VA 22554
Phone: (540) 658-4132
Fax: (540) 658-4120

Likewise, Stafford County Circuit Court, via the Land Records Division, records all documents relating to real estate transactions. Besides recording real estate documents, the Land Records Division also issues copies of property records to interested parties. It provides access to land records and documents from 1699 to the present day. Record seekers may obtain Stafford County property records at the public computer terminals in the Clerk's Office. The Stafford County Circuit Court is located at:

The Land Records Division (Stafford County Circuit Court)
Stafford County Judicial Center
1st Floor
1300 Courthouse Road
Stafford County, VA
Phone: (540) 658-8752

Record seekers may access the computer terminals during the County Circuit Court's official working hours: Mondays to Fridays (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

As an alternative option for obtaining property records in Stafford County, record seekers may send a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request form to the Stafford County Clerk via mail, in-person, or email. To access property records via mail, record seekers must fill out and send the completed request form to the address below:

County Administrator’s Office
ATTN: Wendy Mallow, FOIA Officer
P.O. Box 339
Stafford, VA 22555.
Phone: (540) 658-8605
Fax: (540) 720-4572
Phone: (540) 658-8605

Record seekers may also access property records via mail. The completed request form must be sent to the email address: The County Administrator’s Office attends to record requests within five working days of receiving the request. To get an estimate of the search fee, record seekers must contact the County Administrator’s Office at (540) 658-8605.

How to Look Up Stafford County Property Records

Interested parties may lookup online copies of Stafford County property records via the Commissioner of Revenue's online searchable database. To get property records via the database, record seekers must one of the following details:

  • The tax map number
  • Property address

The online database does not allow record seekers to search by property owner's name. This helps to protect the identity of the county’s residents.

Similarly, the Stafford County Circuit Court provides access to land record documents via a remote access website. The website requires users to create an account or sign-in to access the search features.

Location of Stafford County Property Assessors

Commissioner of the Revenues
Real Estate Division
1300 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 98
Stafford, VA 22555-0098
Phone: (540) 658-4132