Virginia Clerk

Find Virginia clerk, including county, city, and circuit clerk, and clerk of court. Clerks provide information on public court records and legal documents, criminal, jail, and arrest records, marriage licenses, divorce, judicial, and probate records, businesses liens, notary services, real estate taxes and voter registration services.


Clerks by County

Accomack County Alexandria Alleghany County Amelia County Amherst County Appomattox County Arlington County Augusta County Bath County Bedford County Bland County Botetourt County Bristol Brunswick County Buchanan County Buckingham County Buena Vista Campbell County Caroline County Carroll County Charles City County Charlotte County Charlottesville Chesapeake Chesterfield County Clarke County Colonial Heights Covington Craig County Culpeper County Cumberland County Danville Dickenson County Dinwiddie County Emporia Essex County Fairfax County Fairfax Falls Church Fauquier County Floyd County Fluvanna County Franklin County Franklin Fredericksburg Galax Giles County Gloucester County Goochland County Grayson County Greene County Halifax County Hampton Hanover County Harrisonburg Henry County Highland County Hopewell Isle of Wight County King George County King William County King and Queen County Lancaster County Lee County Lexington Loudoun County Louisa County Lunenburg County Lynchburg Madison County Manassas Park Manassas Martinsville Mathews County Mecklenburg County Middlesex County Montgomery County Nelson County New Kent County Newport News Norfolk Northampton County Northumberland County Norton Nottoway County Orange County Page County Patrick County Petersburg Pittsylvania County Poquoson Portsmouth Powhatan County Prince Edward County Prince George County Prince William County Pulaski County Radford Rappahannock County Richmond County Richmond Roanoke Rockingham County Russell County Salem Scott County Shenandoah County Smyth County Southampton County Spotsylvania County Stafford County Staunton Suffolk Surry County Sussex County Tazewell County Virginia Beach Warren County Washington County Waynesboro Westmoreland County Williamsburg Winchester Wise County Wythe County York County

What is a Clerk?

A Clerk is the official keeper of public records for a county or local government. Clerks ensure that public records are retained, archived, and made accessible to the public in accordance with all laws and regulations. Clerks also support the elections process and provide a variety of transactional services. The Clerk's duties are established and regulated through a combination of state statutes, local ordinances and charters, and other regulations.

The Clerk's Office contains a range of public records. Clerks keep vital records, such as birth, marriage, and death certificates. Clerks also keep documents involving land or land transactions, including deeds, mortgages, attachments, tax liens, judgments, maps, floor plans, probate certificates, variances, and all other legal documents pertaining to land use and transfers. Clerks are responsible for posting public meetings records, such as meeting notices, agendas, and minutes, in accordance with local governing laws and regulations that state when and how long these records must be made public. Clerk's Offices also register business names for businesses operating within their jurisdiction's boundaries.

In addition to keeping public records, the Clerk's Office issues a variety of licenses and permits to the public. Clerk's Offices issue dog licenses, hunting and fishing licenses, marriage licenses, liquor licenses, parking permits, and permits for special events. Many Clerks also process passport applications, provide notary services, and handle other transactions of convenience.

Clerks support the elections process by providing assistance to candidates filing elections paperwork and individuals submitting petitions, and by working with the Board of Elections. Clerks administer the oath of office to elected officials. The Clerk's Office may also help register voters.

Clerk's Offices handle and store a large volume of documents, often dating back to the founding of their county or local government. Clerks are increasingly using electronic documents and specialized software to efficiently manage these records. However, state laws often require that Clerks maintain hard copies of certain documents, which limits the extent to which Clerks can digitize their archives.