The Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) oversees State operations involving:
- National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS)
- National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
- Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN)
These systems provide criminal justice agencies throughout Virginia with rapid access to local, state and national files related to:
- wanted or missing persons
- stolen property including motor vehicles
- hazardous material spills
- severe weather conditions
- airplane crashes
CJIS also operates the Central Criminal Records Exchange, Sex Offender Registry, Missing Children Information Clearinghouse, Automated Fingerprint Identification System, and the Firearms Transaction Center. Additional information on these programs, including references to statutes contained in the Code of Virginia, are available via the links provided at the top of this page. Please e-mail specific questions to: Lt.CJIS@vsp.virginia.gov .
The following forms can be viewed, downloaded and/or printed from the Virginia State Police Forms page:
- SP-24, National Criminal Background Check For Employees or Volunteer Providing Care To Children, the Elderly and Disabled
- SP-167, Criminal History Record Request
- SP-230, Name Search Request Form for Criminal History Record and/or Sex Offense and Crimes Against Minors Registry Search
- SP-266, Name Search Request Form for Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Search
- SP-69, Firearms Dealer Registration
- SP-190, Firearms Show Notification Form
- SP-115, Application for Machine Gun Registration
- State application for employment
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How long does it take to receive a response when a Criminal Record and/or Sex Offender Name Search Request form is submitted?
The average response time to a request is 12-15 business days. If somewhat more time has elapsed, you may call (804) 674-2024 to request a status check of your submission. Responses to telephone inquiries are returned at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.
What is the procedure for a person living outside of U. S. to obtain a copy of their criminal record?
You may obtain a copy of your criminal record by submitting a Criminal History Record Request (SP-167) form which can be downloaded from this Web site. The form requires a notarized signature and a fee of $15.00 is assessed for each request. Allow approximately 12-15 business days for processing.
Can I obtain criminal history information on someone else?
In order to obtain criminal history information on another individual, you must obtain their consent for release of the record by completing a Request for Criminal History Information Form (SP-167) which can be downloaded from this Web site. The form requires the notarized signature of the requestor, as well as the person named in the record, and a fee of $15.00 is assessed for each request. The results will contain conviction information maintained in Virginia’s files. Please allow approximately 12-15 business days to receive your response.
We need to conduct numerous employee criminal record name searches in the state of Virginia. How can we be authorized to request criminal record electronically?
There is a program called the Non-Criminal Justice Interface (NCJI). The agency must be a Virginia based company, have a PC with access to the Internet, and enter into an agreement with State Police. To initiate this service or request additional information, please write to the Department of State Police, Criminal Justice Information Services Division, P. O. Box 27472, Richmond, Virginia 23261-7472 or you may call (804) 674-6721 for instructions.
What do I need to do to get a copy of my criminal history for employment purposes?
To obtain criminal history information you must authorize the Department to provide your record by completing a Request for Criminal History Information Form (SP-167). The form requires your notarized signature and may be downloaded from this web site. A fee of $15.00 is
assessed for each request. The response will contain only conviction information maintained in Virginia's files. Please allow approximately 12-15 business days to receive your response.
What are the laws concerning knives; specifically, the carrying of a non-concealed knife, and are there knife designs, blade sizes, etc. that are prohibited?
Virginia Code Section 18.2-311 describes certain weapons, including some knives, which are illegal to possess in Virginia. Additionally, refer to Virginia Code Section 18.2-308 for specific prohibitions concerning concealed weapons. It is suggested that you contact your county or city authorities to inquire as to whether or not there are applicable local ordinances.
Are law enforcement officers subject to the background check when purchasing firearms?
Law enforcement offices are not exempt from the federal misdemeanor crime of domestic violence disqualification and therefore, must consent to a background check when purchasing firearms. The exception to this requirement is the purchase of a duty weapon from a licensed firearms dealer on behalf of an Employer’s Certification Letter.
Is a concealed handgun permit issued in another state valid or recognized in Virginia?
States with which Virginia has entered into concealed handgun permit reciprocity agreements, or which Virginia will grant recognition, are listed on our Reciprocity and Recognition page.
Are Virginia concealed handgun permits issued to non-Virginia residents?
Virginia Code Section 18.2-308.06 authorizes the issuance of concealed handgun permits to non-Virginia residents. Please refer to Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits in this web site.
The address on my Resident Concealed Handgun Permit is no longer correct. Is my permit still valid?
Yes, but you may request a replacement permit if you wish. The clerk of a circuit court that issued a valid concealed handgun permit shall, upon presentation of the valid permit and proof of a new address of residence by the permit holder, issue a replacement permit specifying the permit holder's new address. See 18.2-308.011.
The address on my Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permit is no longer correct. Is my permit still valid?
Yes. Virginia Code Section 18.2-308.06. which governs the issuance of nonresident concealed handgun permits, makes no provisions for changes of address. A permit once issued remains valid until the expiration date is met, or upon suspension or revocation, regardless of the change of address. However, the Virginia State Police will issue change of address cards upon request. Holders of nonresident permits are requested to notify the Virginia State Police, Firearms Transaction Center (FTC) in writing at P.O. Box 85141, Richmond, VA, 23285-5141 or on-line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available at http://www.vsp.virginia.gov/Firearms_NonresidentConcealed.shtm.
Are military personnel considered residents or nonresidents for the purpose of a concealed handgun permit?
Active military personnel, 21 years of age and older, assigned to a Virginia duty post or the Pentagon may apply for a Virginia resident permit, which are issued by the circuit court of the county or city in which the applicant resides. Virginia Code Section 18.2-308.02 (B.5.) authorizes current military service to be considered proof that the applicant has demonstrated competence with a handgun.
I am a new resident to Virginia and possess a concealed handgun permit issued by a permit-reciprocal state. Will my permit still be honored in Virginia?
A permit issued by a state in which Virginia has established concealed handgun permit reciprocity or recognition will be honored in Virginia as long as the permit remains valid regardless of the change of address. It is suggested that you confirm the validity of the permit with the issuing agency in this instance.
In the instance of a traffic stop, should I advise the police officer that I have a concealed handgun permit?
Virginia law does not require you to notify the officer that you have a permit. However, Section 18.2-308.01. of the Code of Virginia, requires you to be in possession of the permit whenever you are carrying a concealed handgun and to display the permit and a government-issued photo-identification upon demand by a law-enforcement officer .