Civil and Applicant Records Exchange (CARE)
Criminal Record Check
**There is no expedited or same-day service. Normal turnaround is 15 business days after we receive your mail.**
Civil & Applicant Records Exchange (CARE)
Virginia State Police
P. O. Box 85076
Richmond, VA 23285
The Virginia Department of State Police is prohibited from disseminating juvenile record information except as provided in VA Code §19.2-389.1.
There are two methods of obtaining a Virginia criminal history record check. This will entail Virginia conviction data only. For information regarding national fingerprint-based background checks for those providing care to children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities, see the information below.
NotaryCam is an available service for those who need access to an online notary for Virginia name search background checks. NotaryCam is not a viable option for those who need fingerprint-based searches. Access NotaryCam
To receive Virginia arrest/charge data, a fingerprint card must accompany form SP-167. Listed below are the forms:
Criminal history record dissemination is governed by VA Code §19.2-389.
Requests for criminal record searches must be executed by the submission of a signed and notarized "Criminal Record Name Search" form SP-167. Download the instructions for the completion of this form.
Examples of entities/individuals eligible to use this form are:
- General Public
- Private Companies
- Out-of-state agencies
NOTE: You MUST be an approved Virginia agency.
Criminal history record dissemination submitted on the SP-230 is governed by VA Code § 19.2-389. Pursuant to this section, the following non-criminal justice entities are empowered to receive criminal record name searches using the SP-230 form. This form does not require notarization.
- 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
- Licensed Assisted Living Facilities
The following agencies are entitled to receive complete criminal record information from CCRE as specified by law:
- 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
- Virginia Racing Commission*
- Depts. Social Services–Mental Health/Retardation Substance Abuse*
- Dominion Energy
*Statutes provide for submission of fingerprints for state and federal search of fingerprint files at a cost of $13.75 for CARE search and $13.25 for search of Federal Bureau of Investigation file; total $27.00 fee. Click Access information on how to obtain fingerprints for non-criminal purposes.
Since these entities are statutorily entitled to criminal name searches, the State Police has developed the Non-criminal Justice Interface (NCJI). This program is explained on the Central Criminal Records Exchange page, and a name search produces electronic responses within 72 hours, or less.
The National Child Protection Act/Volunteers for Children Act permits the use of a national fingerprint-based background check for the screening of prospective employees with access to children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.
Please call (804) 674-2131 for more information.
Background Check FAQ
To complete a Virginia criminal record background check on someone, a SP-167 form must be completed. Each individual must sign and have your signatures notarized. Please click on the following link to take you to the SP-167 form.
The processing time to complete a Criminal Record background check is approximately 15 business days after mail-in. If it has passed that time frame and your confirmed payment has been cleared, please email us at Background_Checks@vsp.virginia.gov. Please include the name and date of birth of the individual being searched, the date you submitted it and whether it was a $15 or $20 background check.
You must complete an SP-167 form. Please go to vspapps.vsp.virginia.gov, and where you see "form" please choose the correct form (either SP-167 for individual requests or SP-230 for acceptable businesses). After typing in the correct information, click "confirm." After you confirm all information is correct, click on submit. This will generate the form, which you will need to print. Have your signature notarized under "affidavit for release of information" and agency or individual receiving the results (mail reply to section) must also have signature notarized under "signature of person making request" (SP-167) and mail the form to us with payment. We recommend making a copy for yourself.
No, there is no same day or expedited service. If you live in the Richmond, Virginia, area, you may drop your form off at Virginia State Police Headquarters at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235. You must show two forms of ID and you may pay by Discover, MasterCard, VISA, cash, money orders, or company checks. You may also mail your form in by next day air (at your cost) and include a next day air return envelope (at your cost).
You may complete and drop off your form at the Virginia Department of State Police Headquarters at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235, but your form will not be processed the same day. The processing time to complete a background check is approximately 15 business days. You may choose to put your phone number along with a note on your form for us to call you to pick-up your form when completed.
The usual processing time takes about 15 to 20 business days from time of receipt after mail-in.
Please contact the arresting agency.
A fee is charged on all background checks to cover processing costs.
You must complete an SP-167 form. Please go to vspapps.vsp.virginia.gov and, where you see "form," please choose the SP-167. Choose "VISA" as the purpose (this will ensure you receive a notarized letter along with your background check). Please ensure that you choose the correct address and country code from the dropdown box. After typing in the correct information, click on "confirm." After you confirm all information is correct, click on "submit." This will generate the form, which you will need to print. Have your signature and agency signatures notarized (SP-167) and mail the form to us with payment. We recommend making a copy for yourself. If you cannot access a notary, www.notarycam.com provides online notaries.
No. Please contact the arresting agency. Virginia State Police arrest reports are not releasable to the public.
The following link will take you to the form that must be generated and printed online: vspapps.vsp.virginia.gov
The SP-167 runs a background check on Virginia Convictions only.
You must complete an SP-167 form. Please go to vspapps.vsp.virginia.gov and, where you see "form," please choose the SP-167. After typing in the correct information, click on "confirm." After you confirm all information is correct, click on "submit." This will generate the form, which you will need to print. Have your signature notarized under "affidavit for release of information" and agency or individual receiving the results (mail reply to section) must also have signature notarized under "signature of person making request" and mail the form to us with payment. We recommend making a copy for yourself. A certified letter will be sent along with your completed request.
Please go to the following link for a national background check through the FBI.
If you are hiring prospective employees or volunteers who will have access to children, elderly, or individuals with disabilities and want to request a national fingerprint-based background check under the National Child Protection Act, please contact our accounts section to set up a tracking number by emailing: ncjihelp@
Please click on the following link to generate and print the form: vspapps.vsp.virginia.gov. Please make sure you are an approved Virginia agency before submitting the form.
Clean out your temporary internet files and cookies. Try using a different browser. On a Windows desktop, click on my computer, then downloads and open the downloads file. You should see an Adobe icon for the form if it generated properly.