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Newport News County dates back to 1896.  In Virginia, vital records, like birth, death and marriage records, were required to be registered locally as early as 1853, although in 1896, this requirement was lifted until 1912.  Nonetheless, many vital records were still recorded during that time. Newport News County public records are available from different sources depending how historic the record is.

The Newport News Health Department houses some vital records, while those after 1912 are maintained by the Virginia Department of Health. Newport News County court records may be researched through the local Clerk of Circuit Court. Types of records include both civil and criminal records. These Newport News public records may be searched in person or through the free public access database operated by the Virginia Courts, but may be narrowed down to Newport News Circuit Court records.

  • Newport News County birth records become public record after 100 years. Prior to this point, they are restricted to the person of record or a family member.
  • Newport News County death records and marriage records become public record after 50 years. Before this period, they are restricted to person of record (marriage) or direct family members.
  • All Newport News County vital records may be requested by mail, in person or online through VitalChek from the Virginia Department of Health.
  • Newport News County court records, both civil and criminal, may be researched online through the Clerk of Circuit Court or in person at the courthouse.
  • About Newport News County Public Records

    Virginia restricts access to vital records according to the state’s privacy laws. Birth records are available after 100 years, and marriage and death records after 50 years. Often, when performing family history research, these public records in Newport News County are available earlier due to a family connection. Virginia public records, like court records, are readily available to the public, unless sealed by a judge. Virginia also restricts who can conduct criminal background checks, but searching Newport News County criminal records through the court system is an acceptable alternative.

    Accessing Newport News County Free Public Records Online

    Although vital records for Newport News County may be ordered online through VitalChek, they cannot be readily searched due to privacy laws. However, free public records online for Newport News County are available in the form of court records, and certain Newport News County military records are indexed online through the Virginia Library, which can also be visited in person in Richmond.

    Perform a Public Records Search in Newport News County

    A public records search for Newport News County, VA can largely be performed online, although visiting places like the Clerk of Circuit Court or the Virginia Library can be rewarding in a public records search.  Often, by having the physical records at hand, you may stumble upon facts and tidbits that you might have missed searching online.



     
    County of Newport News Resources & Statistics
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    Population:
    184,538

     
    Under 18:
    50,789

     
    Over 65:
    19,186

     
    Employed:
    118,234

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    68.29

     
    Acres of Farms:
    0

     
    Births:
    3,223

     
    Deaths:
    1,419

     
    Infant Deaths:
    43

     
     
    Murder:
    16

     
    Forcible Rape:
    105

     
    Robbery:
    542

     
    Assault:
    773

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    1,436

     
    Burglary:
    1,475

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    5,902

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    856

     
    Total Property Crime:
    8,233

     
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