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Virginia Cultural Resources Information System



VCRIS is the Department of Historic Resources’ statewide electronic cultural resources GIS and database. It provides interactive views of information in the DHR Archives related to properties, historic districts, and archaeological sites, and presents evaluative information about the historic significance of resources.

Public Viewer

  • Architecture/above-ground points and historic district polygons
  • Limited information about each resource
  • Available to anyone
  • Does not meet requirements for Section 106/Project Review background research
  • No login required; free

Licensed VCRIS

  • Architecture/above-ground polygons
  • Archaeology polygons (for qualified registrants only)
  • Archaeological survey boundaries
  • DHR Easement boundaries
  • Detailed information about each resource
  • Digital photos, reports, and documents
  • Meets requirements for Section 106/Project Review background research
  • Fees apply

Full VCRIS help documentation

VCRIS Accounts

Searching for Information

Data Entry: Archaeology

Data Entry: Architecture

Architecture Data Entry Basics [pdf] explains the VCRIS workflow including how to obtain a DHR identification number for a new property and how to update an existing record at the reconnaissance and intensive level. Information about recording historic districts is also included.

Additional Information: 

FAQ & Troubleshooting

Sensitive Archaeological Data

Virginia’s archaeological data is sensitive and protected under the Code of Virginia §2.2-3705.7 (10), the National Historic Preservation Act 54 U.S.C. § 307103(a), and/or the Archaeological Resources Protection Act 6 U.S.C. §§ 470hh(a). DHR limits access to detailed archaeological data accordingly. DHR screens resumes or CVs for qualified individuals (SOI qualified archaeologists, historic preservation planners, agency or tribal cultural resource managers). Qualified individuals are responsible for ensuring that sensitive archaeological data is not misused or inappropriately distributed by any authorized VCRIS users in their organization.

If you or your organization does not meet these qualifications and you still need to conduct research with DHR information, DHR Archives staff can help you find what you need.

Technical Support

For questions, contact Jolene Smith.

Updated April 28, 2020