Special Conservator of the Peace
Applications may be submitted to the Department using one of the following options:
  • In-person at the Washington Building, 1100 Bank St., Richmond, VA 23219 (you may use the secure drop box located inside the main entrance)
  • Regular mail to this address: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, P.O. Box 1300, Richmond, VA 23218
  • Fax at 804-786-6344 (applications must have the Credit Card Authorization Form attached for processing)

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a minimum of 18 years of age;
  2. Successfully complete all initial training requirements for special conservator of the peace, including firearms verification of applicable, requested pursuant to the entry-level training standards in 6VAC20-230-160; and
  3. Be a United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.
  4. A properly completed application prescribed by the department;
  5. The applicable, nonrefundable application fee;
  6. Complete and pass a fingerprint based criminal history records search.
  7. Each individual applying for special conservator of the peace must submit to a drug and alcohol-screening test approved by the Department of Criminal Justice Services.
  8. Each applicant must submit proof of a surety bond or cash bond in the amount not to be less than $10,000 executed by a surety company authorized to do business in Virginia, or a certificate or insurance reflecting the department as a certificate holder, showing a policy of comprehensive general liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $10,000 issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in Virginia

Submit to the Department

Special Conservator of the Peace - REGISTRATION CHECKLIST

  • Special Conservator of the Peace Registration Application and Fee ($60.00) NOTE: If your current registration is expired, you may reinstate your registration providing all renewal requirements are met; and an additional, non-refundable reinstatement fee of $30.00 is submitted to the department within 60 days following the expiration date of your registration. After 60 days, you will not longer be eligible for renewal and all initial registration requirements will need to be met.
  • Fingerprint Processing Form and Fee ($50.00)
  • Fingerprint Card (FD-258)
  • Legal Presence Documentation
  • Proof of General Liability Insurance issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in Virginia and reflecting the Department as the Certificate Holder in the minimum amount of $10,000.00
  • Drug and Alcohol Test Completed (FOR INITIAL APPLICANTS ONLY)
    • Contact Nancy Brun at 1-800-732-3784 or by email at to have your results reported to DCJS. When contacting Nancy Brun, notify the receptionist that you are with the Special Conservator of the Peace program.
    • To locate the Labcorp site nearest you, please visit and go to the Patient Service Center locations. The cost for testing is $41.50. Payment methods are in the form of a money order, certified check or credit card.
  • Background investigation completed by a police department, sheriff's office or the Virginia State Police. (FOR INITIAL APPLICANTS, THOSE SEEKING A NEW APPOINTMENT, OR A RE-APPOINTMENT)
  • Completion of Training: Entry Level (Initial Applicants) or In-Service Training (Renewal Applicants)

    A temporary registration will be issued following completion of all registration requirements. This letter should be taken to the circuit court to petition for a SCOP appointment by the employing company. PLEASE NOTE: registration does not guarantee appointment and does not authorize you to engage in providing SCOP services without a court appointment order.

FINAL STEPS (to be completed after all of the above eligibility criteria have been met):

Mandatory Forms – As of July 1, 2015, if you are seeking a new appointment with a circuit court or a reappointment with a circuit court, the law requires you to submit two separate standardized forms, created by the Office of the Executive Secretary, to the circuit court: (#1) Application to the circuit court and the other is the (#2) Appointment Order signed by the judge.

  • On July 1, 2015, the new forms can be accessed at the Supreme Court of Virginia website:
  • Once the circuit court signs the order, you must return copies of both the (#1) Application and (#2) Appointment Order to DCJS in order to receive your registration documents.


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