Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Child Protective Services [22 VAC 40 ‑ 705]
Remove Notary Requirement for Consent to Central Registry System Check
Action 5959
General Information
Action Summary The Department of Social Services (DSS) Office of Background Investigations (OBI) Central Virginia Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry Unit (CRU) performs searches at the request of individuals who seek to provide services or care to children to determine if those individuals have a founded case of child abuse or neglect. The current regulation requires, in part, that an individual’s consent for a search of the Central Registry System (CRS) be notarized. This regulatory action will remove the notary requirement in order to expedite the search process and make it less burdensome for individuals who wish to provide services or care to children through employment, foster care, adoption, or volunteer opportunities.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [7198]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9618 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. Emergency regulation superseded by final permanent regulation.
9933 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 10/13/2023.
10249 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 05/22/2024.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kristen Eckstein 
Address: 801 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
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