Fighting discrimination: Effective July 1, 2020, the Virginia General Assembly instituted a way for property owners to release particular unconstitutional and discriminatory covenants from their property. (Any restrictive covenant restricting occupancy or ownership of property “on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap.”) A form for this Release is found at the link below. To record a Release, please submit an original signed and notarized form to the Land Records Office with the recordation fee of $31.00. Any new deeds presented for recordation containing such covenants should not be submitted and will be rejected. Reference: Virginia Code sections § 55.1-300 and § 55.1-300.1.
Location: 1425 N. Courthouse Rd., Suite 6200, Arlington, VA 22201
- Recording: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
- Record Room (open for research): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday
The Land Records Division is responsible for:
- Recording original, signed and notarized documents and maintaining the record of documents affecting the title to real property located in Arlington County and the City of Falls Church.
- Assessing and collecting required recordation taxes and fees for each document
- Filing and maintaining the record of judgments and financing statements
- All documents presented for recordation must be originals and must be signed and notarized prior to recordation.
- Land Records Services
The Division does not provide:
- Notary services
- Information on vital records. Go to Arlington’s Vital Records page for birth certificates, death certificates and marriage/divorce certificates
- Information on foreclosure sales
- Property surveys or plats.
- A home purchaser often receives a house location survey at the time of settlement. If you can’t locate your survey, contact the surveyor that prepared the survey, your settlement agent, attorney or lender to inquire if they have it.
- Obtain plats from the Zoning Division.
- Form deeds
- Legal advice (including advice involving what language should be included in a deed and an opinion on the legal implications of language contained in a recorded)
- Records and information regarding the assessed value of real estate
- Falls Church records prior to 1988. Documents involving real property located in the City of Falls Church were recorded in the Fairfax County Circuit Court prior to 1988 and remain there.
Find Answers at Frequently Asked Questions
Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for further information about the operation of the Land Records Division. The Frequently Asked Questions page provides information regarding recordation fees and requirements, documents available for research in the Land Records Division, and other questions that are commonly received by the Land Records Division.
Procedure for Recording Deeds Conveying Not More than 4 Residential Units
In an effort to reduce errors in deeds that are recorded in the Arlington County Circuit Court, beginning May 1, 2013, the Clerk of the Circuit Court requires that all deeds conveying not more than four residential units state on the first page of the document that it was prepared either by the owner of the real property or by an attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, consistent with Section 17.1-223 of the Code of Virginia. The attorney statement must include both the attorney’s name and Virginia State Bar number. Read the notice..