Forensic Kits

Forensic Kits Distributed by the Department of Forensic Science

The Department provides law enforcement agencies with several forensic kits for evidence collection. Many of the kits are available for pickup at all four laboratories (Richmond, Norfolk, Manassas and Roanoke).  Forensic kits are mailed only when the driving distance from the requesting agency is 2 or more hours to the laboratory that will distribute the kits.

Forensic kits will be mailed within 5 business days of receipt of request.

NOTE:   It is common for the courier service delivering the requested kits to provide them to a law enforcement agency representative versus the individual listed on the mailing label. Therefore, if the requested kits have not been received within 10 business days of the request, please verify that the kits have not been received by a representative within your agency prior to contacting the local laboratory.

Contact Information for Distribution of Kits by Mail

To receive forensic kits by mail, please utilize the link below for an online order form or contact the local laboratory serving your agency:

http://www.dfs.virginia.gov/field-test-kits/forensic-kits/forensic-kitform-order-requests/

  • Richmond Laboratory – 804-588-4074 (direct line)
  • Norfolk Laboratory – 757-683-8327, then dial “0”
  • Manassas Laboratory – 703-335-8100, then dial “0”
  • Roanoke Laboratory – 540-561-6600, then dial “0”

The following information will be collected:

  • Name of requesting agency representative
  • Requester’s phone number
  • Requester’s e-mail address
  • Address where kit should be shipped
  • Type of kit(s)
  • Number of kits requested (the number of kits provided will depend on the average number of kits submitted by the agency to the Department of Forensic Science annually)

Types of Forensic Kits

The following kits are available for personal pickup at the Department’s Richmond, Norfolk, Manassas, and Roanoke Laboratories:

Victim PERK – This kit is used to collect potential evidence (body fluids, hairs, etc.) transferred from a suspect to an alleged sexual assault victim.

 

 Victim PERK
Suspect PERK – This kit is used to collect potential evidence (body fluids, hairs, etc.) transferred from an alleged sexual assault victim to a suspect. This kit is to be used for suspects within 24 hours of the alleged sexual assault.

 

 Suspect PERK
Suspect Standards Kit – This kit contains swabs used to collect a known standard (buccal sample) from an alleged suspect of a sexual assault. This kit is to be used for suspects after 24 hours of the alleged sexual assault.

 

 Suspect Standard
Primer Residue Kits – This kit is used to collect possible primer residue samples from an alleged suspect involved in the discharge of a firearm. This kit should only be used to collect a sample within 8 hours of the shooting event.

 

 Primer Residue Kit
Convicted Offender/Arrestee Buccal Collector Kits – This kit contains a device designed to collect cellular material from the mouth area for DNA testing.  Convicted Offender-Arrestee Buccal Kit
DUI/DUID Kits – This kit is used to collect a blood sample from an individual believed to be impaired and under the influence of alcohol and/or drug(s).

 

 DUI-DUID kit