Overview of the Commission
The State Corporation Commission is a state agency with regulatory authority over many business and economic interests in Virginia. Created in 1902, its powers are outlined in the state constitution and state law. These include regulation of public utilities, insurance, state-chartered financial institutions, securities, retail franchising, and railroads. It is also the state's central filing office for corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and Uniform Commercial Code liens.
The SCC's structure is unique – it is Constitutionally-organized as an independent department of state government with delegated administrative, legislative and judicial powers. Commission decisions may be appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court. The SCC has three commissioners, and 675 full-time staff.
To obtain general information about the SCC, contact the Division of Information Resources. This division has publications available about the SCC. It can answer general questions about the SCC’s various divisions and areas of jurisdiction. Information Resources also serves as the media relations representatives for the Commission. The division arranges speakers by request, and works with student groups. To contact the Information Resources Division please call (804) 371-9141 or 1-800-552-7945.