NIBIN Searches

Please use the table below to determine the NIBIN sites searched by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science. The date at the top of the Certificate of Analysis (CoA) is used to determine the extent of the NIBIN database search.

CoA Date(s)Locations included in routine NIBIN searches
Effective December 4, 20201. Virginia Department of Forensic Science

2. Local: Virginia

a) All local NIBIN sites located in Virginia

3. Cases entered by the ATF for Zone 1*

Note: As of December 4, local Virginia NIBIN sites include Richmond Police Department, Newport News Police Department, and Norfolk Police Department. If other local agencies become NIBIN entry sites, they are automatically added to the DFS search algorithm.

For jurisdictions served by the Northern Laboratory, manual searches are also performed and include the District of Columbia (DC) Department of Forensic Sciences and Prince George’s County Police Department (Maryland).
Effective August 31, 2020 – December 4, 20201. Virginia Department of Forensic Science

2. Local: Virginia

a) Richmond Police Department
b) Newport News Police Department
c) Norfolk Police Department

3. Local: Out-of-State

a) DC Department of Forensic Sciences
b) Montgomery County Police Department (Maryland)
c) Prince George’s County Police Department (Maryland)

4. Cases entered by the ATF for Zone 1*
Effective September 11, 2019 – August 31, 2020 1. Virginia Department of Forensic Science

2. Local: Virginia

a) Richmond Police Department
b) Newport News Police Department

3. Local: Out-of-State

a) DC Department of Forensic Sciences
b) Montgomery County Police Department (Maryland)
c) Prince George’s County Police Department (Maryland)

4. Cases entered by the ATF for Zone 1*
Effective April 25, 2018 – September 11, 20191. Virginia Department of Forensic Science

2. Local: Virginia

a) Newport News Police Department

3. Local: Out-of-State

a) DC Department of Forensic Sciences
b) Montgomery County Police Department (Maryland)
c) Prince George’s County Police Department (Maryland)

4. Cases entered by the ATF for Zone 1*
Effective February 21, 2018 – April 25, 20181. Virginia Department of Forensic Science

2. Local: Virginia

a) Newport News Police Department

3. Local: Out-of-State

a) Metro Police Department (Washington DC)
b) Montgomery County Police Department (Maryland)
c) Prince George’s County Police Department (Maryland)

4. Cases entered by the ATF – Washington DC and Maryland
Prior to February 21, 2018Cases entered by Virginia Department of Forensic Science laboratories were routinely included in a NIBIN search result.

*ATF Zone 1 generally includes agencies within Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia, but not all agencies in these states submit cases to the ATF.