Effective January 1, 2020, the Circuit Court Clerk's Office will no longer be recording trade name certificates. For information on how and where to file a trade name, please contact the State Corporation Commission Clerk's Office at 804-371-9733 or 866-722-2551.
Register a Corporation or Limited Partnership
All corporations (foreign and domestic) and limited partnerships conducting business in Virginia must register with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC). To become incorporated in Virginia, an organization must file articles of incorporation and amendments with the SCC.
All contractors must register with the State Board for Contractors. A Class A Contractor's License is required for applicants who bid upon or undertake single jobs of $120,000 or more with no limit on aggregate annual totals. A Class B Contractor's License is required if an applicant bids upon or undertakes single jobs of $10,000 or more but less than $120,000 with an aggregate total of $750,000. A Class C Contractor's license is required if an applicant bids upon or undertakes single jobs of $1,000 up to $9,999 with an aggregate annual total of $150,000.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control exercises a monopoly over the importation and sale of alcoholic beverages other than beer and wine. Licenses are issued for the manufacture of liquors, the wholesaling of beer and wine, the sale of beer and wine, and the sale at retail of spirits by the drink.