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  • 511 Virginia

    Department of Transportation

    511 offers real-time traffic information. Anytime you need it, anywhere you are.

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  • Apply for a License

    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

    Applicants seeking licensure (or certification) must meet certain entry qualifications—education, exam and/or experience—that vary depending on the type of credential sought. In some cases, holding a valid license issued from another state will satisfy some entry requirements. The DPOR website offers information, forms, and instructions on how to apply or contact a specific board with questions.

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  • Apply for Insurance Agent License

    State Corporation Commission

    The SCC provides insurance licenses for Life and Annuities, Health, Personal Lines, and Property and Casualty.

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  • Apply for Money Transmitter License

    State Corporation Commission

    The SCC regulates companies licensed to sell money orders or transmit funds by wire or other electronic means in Virginia. For money orders or transmitters, the SCC also requires a Transaction Report of Money Order Sellers and Money Transmitters by the respective companies.

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  • Apply for Payday Lender License

    State Corporation Commission

    The SCC regulates payday lender companies, and administers applications for licensing payday lenders.

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  • Apply for Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)

    State Corporation Commission

    The SCC is the central filing office for UCC documents, which evidence a security interest in personal property securing payment or performance of an obligation and their amendment, assignment, and termination.

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  • Apply to be Motor Vehicle Title Lender

    State Corporation Commission

    The SCC keeps record of Motor Vehicle title lenders licensed in Virginia, and provides applications for licensing motor vehicle title lenders.

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  • Apply to Register Securities

    State Corporation Commission

    All broker-dealers, agents, investment advisors, and investment advisor representatives must register with the SCC before conducting business in the State of Virginia.

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  • Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety

    Department of Labor and Industry

    Boiler Safety Compliance Division enforces and oversees the provisions of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Act. The primary objective is to protect life and property through regular inspections of boiler and pressure vessel equipment and to ensure compliance with state laws, rules and regulations governing the construction, installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of boilers and pressure vessels.

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  • Business Opportunity & Workforce Development

    Department of Transportation

    The Virginia Department of Transportation Business Opportunity and Workforce Development (BOWD) Center receives funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to implement the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Services Program. The primary purpose of the DBE/SS program is to provide training, assistance and services to disadvantaged business enterprises to help these businesses grow, become self-sufficient, more competitive in pursuing federally funded contract opportunities, move into non-traditional areas of work and compete in the marketplace beyond the DBE program. The BOWD Center provides a variety of supportive services to DBE firms to help strengthen their infrastructure, increase capacity and profitability and the ability to move to the next level.

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  • Business Tax Center

    Department of Taxation

    Visit the Virginia Department of Taxation to learn about the various business taxes, find tax forms, view available online services, sign-up for e-alerts and more.

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  • Check the Status of a Refund

    Department of Taxation

    Check the status of your Virginia state tax refund.

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  • Downtown Revitalization

    Department of Housing & Community Development

    DHCD works across the commonwealth to support and promote healthy, vibrant and sustainable downtowns and business districts.

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  • eForms

    Department of Taxation

    eForms are a fast and free way to file and pay state taxes online.

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  • Employer Services

    Virginia Employment Commission

    The VEC has one of the largest pools of qualified workers in the Commonwealth--from experienced executives and skilled managers, to youths looking for their first job. Post job openings online or through the local VEC offices; search locally, statewide, and nationally for job candidates, and schedule automated searches using Virtual Recruiter; save time and money by having the VEC screen and refer job applicants for you; receive Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) information.

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  • Employer's Application for Hearing

    Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission

    In Virginia, when a claimant is under an open or ongoing Award of compensation benefits, an employer who wishes to suspend or terminate the payment of such benefits must file an application and/or termination of wage loss form with the Commission. Failure to do so could result in the employer/insurer being required to pay additional compensation benefits along with penalties and/or other sanctions.

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  • File & Pay Employer Withholding

    Department of Taxation

    File and pay employer withholding if you own a business in Virginia.

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  • File a Claim for Benefits

    Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission

    The injured worker must file a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission in order to protect their right to benefits under Virginia law, even if there have been payments by the employer or claim administrator for time missed from work because of the injury or for medical treatment for the injury.

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  • File a Complaint

    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

    DPOR processes complaints involving individuals or businesses that are subject to the laws and regulations under its jurisdiction. The complaint form is available on the DPOR website can be submitted electronically or by mail.

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  • File a Federal Tax Lien

    State Corporation Commission

    The SCC handles the recordation of notices of liens upon personal property for obligations payable to the United States and certificates and notices affecting the liens, if the person against whose interest the lien applies is a corporation or a partnership whose principal executive office is in the Commonwealth. The public may also search an electronic mainframe database that contains most information on file at the Commission for Uniform Commercial Code financing statements and federal tax liens.

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  • File a Return

    Department of Taxation

    Get information on how to file your Virginia state tax return.

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  • Homeowner Assistance

    Department of Housing & Community Development

    DHCD has several programs that can help a homeowner.

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  • Industrial Location or Expansions

    Department of Housing & Community Development

    DHCD has several programs that can assist when a business or industry is locating or expanding.

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  • Jack A. Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy

    Department of Housing & Community Development

    The Jack A. Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy delivers administrative and technical code training programs for mandated certification requirements for over 3500 statewide professional certifications in various code enforcement disciplines including code official, inspection and plan review. Most of the programs required for certification are multi-day and are offered throughout the calendar year in various locations across the state.

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  • Job Seeker Services

    Virginia Employment Commission

    The VEC offers many services that can assist job seekers in their search for employment. Look for and apply for jobs online; make a resume and cover letter and advertise your job skills on the web; find information on upcoming job fairs, career planning, training opportunities, and skill requirements; receive career guidance and placement if you are a high school graduate or a high school dropout.

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  • Labor and Employment Law

    Department of Labor and Industry

    The Labor and Employment Law Division administers and enforces the laws of the Commonwealth that govern pay, assignment of wages, minimum wages, employment of children, the right to work, human trafficking poster requirements, and other labor laws. The division also provides consultation services to the public concerning garnishments and other court orders concerning wage withholdings.

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  • Landlord Tenant Handbook

    Department of Housing & Community Development

    The Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (VRLTA) handbook has been prepared to provide information on the rights, remedies, and responsibilities of landlords and renters concerning the rental process. Before signing a lease, prospective tenants should read and understand the terms of the contract. Consulting a lawyer or the landlord for clarification of the rental agreement is advisable.

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  • Licenses Professional Forms/Applications

    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

    Access forms and application on the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation's website. Popular forms include address change, name change, certification requests and more.

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  • Look Up a Licensee

    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

    The public is able to verify the license status of DPOR-regulated individuals and businesses, as well as see any disciplinary actions, using License Lookup.

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  • Pay a Tax Bill

    Department of Taxation

    Submit payment for a tax bill.

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  • Regional Development

    Department of Housing & Community Development

    From Southwest Virginia to the Eastern Shore, each of Virginia’s regions has its own distinct character, a rich and complex suite of traits shared across communities. By partnering its resources with those of other state, local, regional and federal partners, DHCD supports strategic, coordinated planning for development at the regional level.

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  • Register a Franchise

    State Corporation Commission

    All franchises offered or sold in Virginia must either be registered with the SCC or exempt from registration.

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  • Register a Trademark or Service Mark

    State Corporation Commission

    The SCC’s registration of trademarks/service marks is designed to prevent customer confusion and unfair competition by providing public notice of the use of a particular mark.

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  • Register as a Broker-Dealer

    State Corporation Commission

    The SCC requires all broker-dealers, agents, investment advisors, and investment advisor representatives to register before conducting business in the state of Virginia.

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  • Register as a Check Casher

    State Corporation Commission

    The SCC monitors all companies that have registered as check cashers in Virginia, and provides applications for registering as a check casher.

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  • Register as an Investment Advisor

    State Corporation Commission

    The SCC requires all broker-dealers, agents, investment advisors, and investment advisor representatives to register before conducting business in the state of Virginia.

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  • Register Your Business Name

    State Corporation Commission

    If your business will be operating as a corporation or limited liability company or other business entity type recognized under Virginia corporate law, you must apply for such legal structure with the SCC. The first step is to determine whether the name for your business is distinguishable upon the records of the Commission from the names of all active business entities, except general partnerships, and from names that have been designated, registered, or reserved for use by other persons.

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  • Registered Apprenticeship

    Department of Labor and Industry

    Registered Apprenticeship combines carefully defined and employer-specific training under the guidance of a highly skilled mentor at the worksite. On-the-job training is supplemented with related classroom instruction. Upon successful completion, apprentices are awarded a Certificate of Completion.

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  • Renew a License

    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

    Licenses and certifications must be renewed—either using Online Services or by regular mail—prior to their expiration dates. Renewal notices are mailed to the official address of record, but failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve a licensee of the obligation to renew. If renewal payment is received more than 30 days after the expiration date, a reinstatement (late) fee will apply.

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  • Safety Service Patrol

    Department of Transportation

    Safety Service Patroller is to provide short-term traffic control and scene management. This promotes the safe movement of people and commerce, and reduces congestion and delays. SSP units primarily patrol interstate highways and controlled-access primary routes.

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  • Search Credit Counseling Agencies

    State Corporation Commission

    The SCC monitors credit counseling services, and keeps a record of all businesses licensed as credit counseling agencies in Virginia.

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  • Search Insurance Companies

    State Corporation Commission

    The mission at the SCC’s Bureau of Insurance (BOI) is to ensure that citizens of the Commonwealth are provided with access to adequate and reliable insurance protection; that the insurance companies selling policies are financially sound to support payment of claims; that the agents selling company policies are qualified and conduct their business according to statutory and regulatory requirements, as well as acceptable standards of conduct; and that the insurance policies are of high quality, are understandable and are fairly priced.

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  • Search Mortgage Lenders & Brokers

    State Corporation Commission

    The SCC keeps record of all mortgage lenders and/or brokers licensed in Virginia.

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  • Starting or Expanding a Business

    Department of Housing & Community Development

    DHCD has several programs that can help develop a new business or expand your current business.

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  • State Building Codes

    Department of Housing & Community Development

    Virginia’s state building codes and regulations are administered through the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), and its associated standards and regulations for industrialized or modular buildings, manufactured homes and amusement devices.

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  • SWaM and Micro Certification

    Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity

    The Small, Women-owned and Minority-owned Business state certification program works to enhance procurement opportunities for businesses participating in state-funded projects.

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  • Telecommunications Assistance

    Department of Housing & Community Development

    The availability of telecommunications is considered critical in creating sustainable and competitive communities. DHCD has several programs to address telecommunications needs in communities.

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  • Unemployment Insurance (UI) Services

    Virginia Employment Commission

    UI services, available 24 hours a day, are administered by the VEC to help alleviate hardship for unemployed individuals by providing income support. File a new claim, reopen a claim, or file a partial claim; access forms for filing appeals; watch helpful videos explaining UI qualification and benefits; register for job services.

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  • VDOT Customer Service Center

    Department of Transportation

    Call VDOT's Customer Service Center to report any unsafe and hazardous road conditions or work requests for state-maintained roads.

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  • Virginia Homeless Solutions Program

    Department of Housing & Community Development

    The Virginia Homeless Solutions Program (VHSP) is a state- and federally-funded program funded by the State General Fund and the federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) to support Continuum of Care (CoC) strategies and homeless service and prevention programs.

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  • Virginia Housing Trust Fund

    Department of Housing & Community Development

    The Virginia Housing Trust Fund is intended to create and preserve affordable housing and to reduce homelessness in the commonwealth.

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  • Virginia Main Street

    Department of Housing & Community Development

    The Virginia Main Street Program is a preservation-based economic and community development program that follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach™ developed by the National Trust Main Street Center.

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  • Virginia Occupational Safety and Health

    Department of Labor and Industry

    The VOSH Safety Compliance Division enforces the state unique and federal identical laws and regulations that address the occupational safety and health of workers employed in general industry and construction, agriculture, the public sector and public sector maritime industries. VOSH conducts safety inspections in response to accidents, complaints, referrals, and randomly scheduled inspections of high hazard industries.

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  • VVF Claim Form

    Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission

    If someone has been an innocent victim of a crime, the Virginia Victims Fund (VVF) can provide financial reimbursement for crime-related expenses to ease some of the financial burdens you may face.

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  • Water and Sewer Assistance

    Department of Housing & Community Development

    DHCD works across the commonwealth to provide clean, safe and reliable water and sewer systems.

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