DFS Policy Notices
The Department of Forensic Science periodically disseminates policy notifications to all agencies served. Such notifications can be found below.
DFS Revised Controlled Substances Submission and Weighing Policies – December 1, 2017
DFS Policy Notice – “Trace” DNA Submission Policy Revised – June 9, 2017
Notes: “Trace” DNA was previously referred to as “Touch” DNA. All other DNA submission policies remain unchanged, but are restated in this Notice for convenience.
Revisions to Collection Time Periods for Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) Samples – effective September 16, 2016
DFS Policy Change – DUI/DUID Testing Protocol for Blood Samples in Implied Consent Cases – effective May 31, 2016
DFS Policy Change – NIBIN Association Reporting – effective July 9, 2015
Service Restoration Notices
Restoration of Trace Evidence Services in Explosives and Primer Residue (Gun Shot Residue) – effective July 1, 2016
Restoration of Video Analysis Services – effective June 23, 2015
Service Reduction Notices
Elimination of Questioned Documents Services – effective October 14, 2016
Reduction of Forensic Photography Services – effective November 4, 2014
Reduction of Digital and Multimedia Evidence Services – effective November 4, 2014 (services partially restored on June 23, 2015)
Evidence Submission Policies
Submission Policy for Plant Material in Simple Possession of Marijuana Cases – effective January 1, 2015
- Virginia Code §19.2-188.1(B) permits a law enforcement officer to testify as to the results of marijuana field tests in any trial for a violation of § 18.2-250.1.
- List of approved marijuana field test kits
- Link to Form DC-304 – Notice, Motion and Order for Chemical Analysis of Alleged Plant Material
- Frequently Asked Questions
Submission Policy for Safe Packaging of Syringes – effective April 17, 2013
Submission Policy for Familial DNA Searching – effective March 9, 2011
Submission Policy for Drug Residues – effective July 1, 2005