Recording phone calls in Virginia is allowed – as long as you’re one of the parties on the call.
Virginia is considered a one-party consent state, meaning that only one party needs to give permission for it to be recorded. So if you’re one of the parties on the call, and you consent to yourself, you’re free to record all of the other parties. No need to announce your intent to record or play a beep in the background. Just go ahead and silently record.
Now if you’re evesdropping on the call, then it becomes illegal for you to record that communication.
According to VA Statute 19.2-62, “It shall not be a criminal offense under this chapter for a person to intercept a wire, electronic or oral communication, where such person is a party to the communication or one of the parties to the communication has given prior consent to such interception.”
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Secure Speak is not a licensed lawyer and any statements do not constitute legal advice. Contact a lawyer for information pertaining to your specific case, and reference VA Statute 19.2-62 directly.