Virginia Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
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How To Get a Virginia Background Check Report

How To Get a Virginia Background Check Report

The Virginia State Police handle background checks for the state. They 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. 

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

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.

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

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. 

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests and Warrants
  • State Bankruptcy Filings
  • Legal Judgments
  • Liens
  • Birth Records
  • Marriages and Divorces
  • Property Records
  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
  • Current and Past Addresses
  • Phone and Email Address
  • Professional Licenses
    Relatives and Associates
  • Social Media Accounts and More

VA Criminal Background Checks

The state offers criminal background checks 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. 

Gun Background Check

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 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. 

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 476,760 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Virginia

State # of conducted handgun checks
Florida 590,140
Pennsylvania 534,653
California 433,106
Tennessee 290,067
Illinois 259,554

States With More Long Gun Checks than Virginia

State # of conducted long gun checks
Texas 442,626
California 395,145
Florida 278,908
Ohio 218,183
Tennessee 192,522

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

Some state-run organizations must use background checks 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.

Employment Protection

The only law that the state has 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 during the hiring process.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

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. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 384 victims of online romance scams in Virginia, resulting in $4.3 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 224 142,300
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
Over 60 1,272 8,603,744

State of Virginia

State of Virginia
  • Population: 84.70 million (2017)
  • Area (mi2): 42,775 SQ. MI.
  • GDP (millions of current dollars, 2017): $508,662 Billion
  • College Educated (bach. + masters deg.): 51.70%
  • Capital:Richmond
  • Median Income: $61,486.00

Government Offices

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