The Official Site of The Commonwealth of Virginia


  • Phone(804) 786-2281
  • Mailing Address
    Department of Forensic Science
    700 North Fifth Street
    Richmond, VA 23219

About the Agency

The Department of Forensic Science (DFS) is a nationally accredited forensic laboratory system, established by Virginia law, to provide forensic laboratory services to the Commonwealth’s state and local law enforcement agencies, medical examiners, Commonwealth’s Attorneys, fire departments, and state agencies in the investigation of any criminal matter. By law, DFS provides services to federal investigatory agencies to the extent its resources allow. DFS scientists provide technical assistance and training, evaluate and analyze evidence, interpret results, and provide expert testimony related to the analyses of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes and submitted for examination.

Locations & Additional Contacts

Main Location

700 North Fifth Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Services & Resources Offered