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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice And Corrections

6VAC40. Department of Forensic Science




The Department of Forensic Science, a nationally accredited laboratory system, is authorized to provide forensic laboratory services in criminal matters, provide advanced training to law-enforcement agencies in the location, collection and preservation of evidence, and maintain and test the accuracy of equipment used to test the blood alcohol content of breath. It is also authorized to establish and maintain a DNA testing program to receive DNA samples taken pursuant to Virginia Code § 19.2-310.2 et seq., determine identification characteristics specific to an individual, and to store and maintain the resulting identification profiles in a DNA Data Bank. Code of Virginia, Title 9.1, Chapter 11, Article 1; Title 19.2, Chapter 18, Article 1.1. The Department is also authorized to (i) prescribe the methods for obtaining information from the DNA Data Bank, (ii) approve field test kits for the detection of controlled substances and marijuana, (iii) license persons to administer breath tests, and (iv) prescribe methods and equipment for breath tests. Code of Virginia, Title 19.2, Chapter 18, Article 1.1; Title 19.2, Chapter 12; and Title 18.2, Chapter 7, Article 2.

The Forensic Science Board is authorized to adopt regulations for all provisions of the Code of Virginia as they relate to the responsibilities of the Department. Code of Virginia, Title 9.1, Chapter 11, Article 2.

The Department operates under the supervision of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. Regulations are available at the Department's principal office at 700 North Fifth Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Internet address:

Rev. 09/2017


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