The Landes Letter - December 2020 Edition


   I hope this email finds everyone doing well and staying safe. My focus this month is to provide updates from the Clerk's Office including upcoming changes to the Concealed Handgun Permit Training and a grant received.

   I have also included the latest photos from the Augusta County Courthouse virtual photograph tour.

   The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk's Office will be closed on Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

   The Clerk's office will also be closed on January 1st in observance of New Year's Day.

Concealed Hangun Permit Training Must Be In-Person In 2021

   Beginning January 1, 2021, the training requirement to apply for a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit must be in-person, and will no longer be allowed to be completed online.

   The 2020 Virginia General Assembly passed House Bill 264 and Senate Bill 263, which were signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam. The legislation changes Virginia Code §§ 18.2-308.02, and 18.2-308.06 and removes the option of the online training certification and requires that the training certification be in-person. This change takes effect January 1, 2021.I encourage citizens applying for a Concealed Handgun Permit to go to the Virginia State Police Website.

   New permit applications must be brought to each Clerk’s Office, but renewal permit applications may be mailed to the Clerk’s Offices, with the appropriate documentation and fee. In addition, each Clerk’s Office may be called for information regarding lost or destroyed permits, or for change of addresses, or to request a replacement permit.

Read the Press Release Here

Augusta County Clerk's Historic Records Grant Approved

   My office received notification of the approval of a Virginia Circuit Court Records Preservation Program (CCRP) grant application for the conservation and preservation of four historically significant records in the amount of $12,598. The notification was received from the Library of Virginia, who administers the program.

   The Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is extremely pleased to have been successful in once again obtaining a Circuit Court Records Preservation Program Grant so that these four important records can be preserved for future generations. I am committed to preserving and conserving Augusta County’s historic records during my tenure as Clerk.

Read the Press Release Here

Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk's Staff Celebrates Christmas All Year

   During this Christmas Season the Augusta County Circuit Court Clerk’s Staff selected children and seniors to support through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program as part of the staff’s yearlong work to support charities and families in need for 2020.

   The Clerk’s Staff purchased gifts for 10 seniors and 3 children from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, which benefits members of our local community. Other charities the staff has supported throughout this year include donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Walk, provided meals and support for an Augusta County employee facing health challenges, aided with funeral expenses for a Craigsville family, and provided a Thanksgiving meal for a family in need.

Administering Oath to New Craigsville Town Council Members

   I had the honor of administering the oaths to two re-elected and one newly elected Craigsville Town Council Members. Cynthia Doyle and Harvey Sprouse are returning Members, and Brad Ingram is the newest Member.


Donate Today

   Donate today to help cover the costs of this newsletter along with future campaign initiatives. Your contributions help keep Augusta County citizens and the Clerk's office connected.

   If you would like to mail your donation, please make checks payable to: Steve Landes for Clerk of Court Committee.

P.O Box 12

Verona, VA 24482

Donate Here

Virtual Photograph Tour

   This is week thirty-two of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the Jury Room Restroom area, located between the Jury Room and the Clerk's Office. We offer coffee and water to our Jurors located in this area.

   This is week thirty-three of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is the Back Main Entrance to the Augusta County Court House. You will note on the left our brand new Virginia Historic Landmark, and National Register of Historic Places Designation Plaque.

   This is week thirty-four of our Augusta County Court House virtual photograph tour. This is a closer look at our brand new Virginia Historic Landmark and National Register of Historic Places Plaque made possible by two very generous donors. The Augusta County Court House was designated a Virginia Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Thanks to the Augusta County Maintenance Staff for its installation.

Clerk of Court Contact Information

Please visit my website at for the latest news regarding the Augusta County Clerk of Circuit Court Office.

The Honorable R. Steven Landes, Clerk

Augusta County Circuit Court

[email protected]

540-245-5321 Ext. 100

Augusta County Website


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