Due to the sheer volume, Circuit Court records are available for review at three different locations. These locations include the Fairfax County Courthouse, Offsite Records Center and the Historic Records Center.
Want to request to review a file? Try our Online File Review Request Form.
More current Criminal files are available for review at the Fairfax County Courthouse in the Criminal Division on the fourth floor in Suite 409. See our Criminal page for information about how to request copies.
Only the most recent Civil files (approximately 5 years) are located in the File Room on the third floor of the Fairfax County Courthouse. Please check with staff for the location of any file over 5 years old at (703) 691-7320, press 3, 1, 4.
Caution - Cases With Upcoming Trial Cases scheduled on an upcoming trial docket or Friday motions docket are pulled in advance of that date and may be unavailable. If your case is being appealed on the state level, the case file will have been sent to Richmond and will be unavailable until returned to this court.
Restrictions - Sealed Files All Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court appeals and all "Sealed" files can only be viewed by the parties involved and/or their attorneys of record. There may be even further restrictions imposed by the court order that sealed the record. To view these files, a photo ID is required and checked against the sealing order.
Due to their sensitive nature, all adoption files are sealed and, in addition, all inactive adoption files will require a court order for access.
If you need a recent Probate file and/or copies of a Probate file, please contact the Probate Department at (703) 246-4153. If you need an older Probate document from 1742 to the early 1900s, please contact the Historic Records Center.
Copies - In Person
If you would like to request copies in person, our office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can request copies in person at:
Fairfax Circuit Court 4110
Chain Bridge Road
3rd Floor/ Suite 320- Civil Records/File Room
Fairfax, VA 22030
Copies up to 10 pages will be made while you wait. Copy requests for more than 10 pages will be sent to the Copy Center and will be made within 5 working days. The fee for copies is $0.50 per page.
If you need your copy to be certified (stamped and signed by a deputy clerk with a seal attached) there is an additional fee of $2.00 per document. If you need a triple seal copy (signed and sealed by the Clerk of Court and a Judge), the fee is $2.50 per document in addition to the copy fee. Please allow up to 5 working days for a triple sealed copy.
Copies - Requests By Mail
Please see the attached document for requesting a copy of your Final Divorce Decree and other orders by mail.
Offsite Records Center
Older Law, Chancery, and Fiduciary files, and all very large Law and Chancery (box files) are located at the Offsite Records Center in Fairfax City. General District Court files, for the years 1977 to 1984 only, are also located there. Please check with staff for the location of any file over five years old.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday.
Contact Us: (703) 246-6656
Parking: Available on University Drive or in the lot behind the Records Center and Department of Housing building. The entrance is located along University Drive.
Location:One University Plaza, 4500 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030