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Message from Clerk of Circuit Court re: COVID-19

Friday, March 13, 2020  
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Dear Arlington County Bar members,
 
Recognizing the current public health emergency, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the Arlington Circuit Court Clerk’s offices (Land Records, Probate, Civil and Criminal divisions) will not be open to walk-in business; however, essential operations will continue. During this time, receptacles for in-person filings will be available outside each division’s door and will be processed throughout the business day. If requested, courtesy copies or copies of receipts will be placed in another box in the hallway for pickup or will be mailed to the filer if a self-addressed envelope is provided with the filing. Summons can be placed in a box in the hallway for pick up upon request. We are recommending electronic recording and electronic filing for fastest service.
 
In an effort to simplify access to documents, we will be waiving secure remote access fees for court and land records for the next 30 days. Enrollment paperwork is required. Please see the Circuit Court website for subscription information for each system.

We will continue to issue marriage licenses but only by appointment to applicants who have submitted their forms electronically.  Other services that require in-person interactions with Deputy Clerks, specifically concealed handgun applications and notary oaths, will be available daily from 11 am to 1 pm at the General District Clerk’s office on the 2nd floor
 
Last but not least, the Law Library will be closed starting on Monday, March 16, 2020.
 
We understand that these changes will be inconvenient but we request your patience and understanding. These measures are intended to help ensure that the Clerk’s offices can continue to provide essential services during this health crisis. If you have any suggestions on how we can best serve your needs remotely, please let me know.

Paul Ferguson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Arlington County