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Case Status and Information
Civil case files are open to the public with the exception of Adoption files, certain Juvenile files and files sealed by order of the Court. The public case status search allows searches of files by case number or name.
Concealed Handgun Permits
- New Concealed or Renewal – $50 (per 18.2-308.03 and 18.2-308.010)
- Replacement permits (lost/stolen/name change) – $5 (per 18.2-308.011(B))
- Update Address – $10 (per 18.2-308.011(A))
- You may visit the Virginia State Police website for more information about Concealed Handgun permits or to print out an application.
- Concealed Handgun Application
- Concealed Handgun Permit Change of Address
If you have questions about filing fees, please call us at (434) 455-2620. We require a civil coversheet indicating the type of case you are filing and the amount of damages requested.
Habitual Offender/Restoration of Driving Privileges
If you need to petition the Circuit Court to restore your driving privileges, bring a transcript and compliance summary from the DMV that is current within 30 days. Contact the Clerk’s Office for further information.
Name changes are filed with the Circuit Court in the jurisdiction where you live. The filing fee is $41 with cash or check and an additional $2 with debit or credit card. You must bring a photo ID with you to file a name change, or have the signatures notarized.
If your name change is filed pursuant to a divorce, the filing fee for recordation of the name change is $22. Contact the Clerk’s Office for further information.
We are prohibited by law from giving legal advice. The filing fee for a divorce is $86. Service fees are $12 per person and per document served. Below are some helpful resources if you are filing your own divorce:
- Virginia Legal Aid (434) 846-1326
- Petition for Proceeding in a No-Fault Divorce Without Fees or Costs
- Self-Help Forms VA Legal Aid
- VA Lawyer Referral Service
Expungements are filed with the Circuit Court where you were convicted. The petition should include your personal information, the charge or charges to be expunged and all other information pertaining to those charges. Be sure to include each charge to be expunged, case numbers for each charge and coinciding dates along with certified copies of warrants/indictments showing the final disposition of the case must be attached to the petition. A granted expungement removes your charge from the Court’s records. This may not remove your charge from local law enforcement agencies or some third party background investigation sites.
The filing fee is $98. This fee may be paid by check, cash or money order. Checks or money orders should be payable to Lynchburg Circuit Court. Please note that this process may take 3 to 6 months.
Restoration of Civil Rights
In Virginia, any person convicted of a felony is stripped of certain civil rights forever. New Virginia residents who have not restored their civil rights in the state of their conviction(s) also are stripped of their civil rights that include a right to vote, run for and hold public office, serve on juries or serve as a notary public. After the Governor has restored your civil rights, you may petition the Circuit Court where you live for restoration of your firearm privileges. If you live out of state, you may petition the Circuit Court where you were convicted. For information about restoring your civil rights you may contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth at (804) 786-2441 or Secretary of the Commonwealth Restoration of Rights.
- OCRA Link (for attorneys only, by subscription)
- OCRA Application
- NOMAD Training Module
- Virginia Code
Important Notice The Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court is committed to public service. We are dedicated to providing our patrons with excellent customer service and will assist you with any questions or concerns about our policies and procedures.
However, we are prohibited by law from giving legal advice, restating the law or recommending legal action. It is not the intention of our office, nor of this web site, to offer legal solutions. Questions regarding interpretation of the law should be directed to an attorney licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The purpose of this information is to better inform the general public of procedural matters. Nothing contained herein is intended to advise anyone as to legal remedies for a particular circumstance. Circuit Court Clerks and their Deputy Clerks cannot render legal advice.