Background Checks

Conducting Background Checks & Procedures for Screening

Praesidium Background Check
A Praesidium background check can include a credit report, reference checks of former employers and educational institutions, and a criminal search history.

To initiate this background check, complete the form above. If you have any questions please contact Gloria Parham, Assistant for Episcopal Ministries.

State Police Criminal Background Check
This check is limited to identifying records in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The fee for a criminal history records check is around $15. Initiate a state police criminal history and/or sex offender check by going to and filing form SP-167. This is not required for “Sunday Morning Only” workers (e.g., Sunday school teachers), but the parish may elect to do so. (Please note that the State Police Background Check may not be used for clergy and those in the ordination process, who should follow the guidelines for the Oxford and Praesidium checks, above.)