Virginia State Police background checks have a few different options. The first is for the general public using form SP-167, and it is available both online or print version for mailing. Only individuals, the general public and private companies can use this form. This form allows anyone to receive a copy of someone else’s VA background report. The form must be signed and notarized before submission. Form SP-230 is for authorized agencies only and may be submitted without notarization. Some examples of authorized agencies are: “Domestic/ International Adoptions & Foster Care Agencies, Hospital Pharmacy Employees, Adult Home Care Facilities, Licensed Homes for Adults, District Homes for Adults., Adult Day Care Centers, Licensed Child Care Centers, Unlicensed Child Care Centers, Cities/Counties Under a Duly Enacted Ordinance, "
The fee for each state-level name search is $13.75 and then an additional $13.25 for federal records.
A VA background check will show basic personal details along with someone’s entire criminal history except for juvenile and expunged records. The personal details generally include name, address, date of birth, age, gender, race and physical description. The criminal information will consist of arrests, warrants, convictions, charges, and incarcerations. Often court dispositions, parole, probation, fees, fines, and bail will show as well.
The most common use of a Virginia background check is for employment. It encourages the use for many types of organizations especially those who serve children or vulnerable populations. Other purposes are for international travel, insurance, licensing, certifications, security clearances, housing, and credit.
Public background reports are also available that can be useful when trying to find someone online, checking into a neighbor or new love interest’s criminal history. Individuals use them before letting a new roommate move in or checking into their own public records.
The state offers a criminal background check in Virginia to the general public for a fee using their online system. The Judicial System also allows the public the ability to search criminal court records online from their website. This system is free to use for individuals or companies.
The state of VA requires all licensed gun dealers in the state to contact the Department of State Police (“DSP”) for a thorough background check before the sale of any firearms in the state. The gun dealers must have the buyer show them a valid, photo ID when applying and get them to sign a consent form. Private sellers are not subject to this law and do not have to perform a VA gun background check before selling to a buyer. During 2018, The state completed more than 423,818 background checks for the sale of guns in the state. Of that total, 227,615 were for handguns, 146,811 were for long guns, and only 17,343 were for permits.
On average 476,760 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
Some state-run organizations must use a Virginia state background check in their hiring process, examples are: Alcoholic, Beverage Control Board, Specific Volunteer Agencies, Foster Care Agencies, Domestic/International, Adoption Agencies, Gaming Commission, Office of Interdepartmental Regulations, State Lottery, Armed & Unarmed Security, Guard Companies, Court Order/Subpoena, Public School Boards, State Corporation Commission, State Board of Elections, Volunteer Fire & Rescue Depts, VISA/Passports for International Travel, the State Racing Commission, Depts. Social Services-Mental, Health/Retardation.Substance Abuse, Virginia Power.
The only Virginia background check law regarding how employers can use criminal background checks for someone during the hiring process it that they cannot ask about any expunged records and applicants do not have to answer questions about expunged records. Other than that, employers can use background checks any way they choose during the hiring process. They are still however bound by federal law and must comply with both The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when using background checks in Virginia during the hiring process.
According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background check report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use.
In 2017, there have been 384 victims of online romance scams in Virginia, resulting in $4.3 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||965||1,115,340|
|30 - 39||1,173||2,536,437|
|40 - 49||1,106||4,602,034|
|50 - 59||1,224||12,436,899|