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A free public service, Virginia Relay enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or speech disabled to communicate with standard telephone users. The conversation is relayed between the two by a specially trained Virginia Relay Communications Assistant (CA).

Relay services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, with no limit on the number or length of calls a user may make. By law, every call is handled with the strictest confidentiality. Special features are available for speech-disabled, Spanish-speaking and sign language users.

To learn more about Virginia Relay and calling options, visit the Virginia Relay Homepage at or select from the following relay types:


Text-to-911 is the ability to correspond with the 911 center through text messages from your mobile phone or device. All four major wireless providers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, & T-Mobile) now offer the service, but current availability depends on the area of the state where you live.

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