The Online Records Issue in Virginia
The Virginia legislature has voted to allow our personal records which are recorded in the circuit court clerk’s offices to be accessed over the internet.
Personal records like the following:
Final divorce decrees, marriage licenses, name change documents
All types of deeds, deeds of trust (mortgage papers), credit line deeds of trust
Wills, lists of heirs, lists of inventories of estates (all probate)
Tax liens (state and federal), child support enforcement liens, student loan liens
Judgments (like for traffic fines, etc.)
Uccs (financing statements)
Powers of attorney
The clerks call those records “land records” which is totally a misnomer!
Our records were filed in the clerk’s office for “safe-keeping” but it turns out the “images” of those records will be put on the internet for “anyone” who wants to get to them 24/7. In some places they are already online such as Fairfax County, Prince William County, Arlington County, Loudoun County, City of Danville, City of Martinsville, Carroll County, Pulaski County, Wise County, City of Norton, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and possibly a couple of others like Rockingham and Stafford. It’s a safe bet that the majority of the citizens in those counties/cities don’t even know it….
Six items that should not be (but are) on the internet in those records are: ssns, minor children’s names, mother’s maiden names, date of birth, signatures, or financial account/loan #s. The clerk’s claim they don’t have the money to redact those items out of millions of records.