Start a New Business


Open for Business

Congratulations! We are here to guide you and answer your questions on how to register your business.
Step 1: Select a Business Type

This decision will impact both your legal protections and benefits. Learn the differences between the most common business types.

Step 2: Choose a Business Name

This distinct name is how others and the SCC will recognize your business. Check out our frequently asked questions to learn more.

Step 3: Select a Registered Agent

This person or company accepts official paperwork such as service of process (lawsuits) and annual registration fee notices.

Step 4: Register with the SCC

You’ll get approved quicker when you file online, in some cases the same day. While paper forms are acceptable, filing online will help you avoid common errors.

Out-of-State Businesses

Businesses that are formed in another state or jurisdiction must register with the SCC to transact business in Virginia. See our frequently asked questions for more information on Foreign Businesses.

Contacting Other Agencies

Depending on your business, you may need to contact other federal, state, and local agencies. We have provided a list of resources which may assist in your research and planning to launch a new business.

A Note to New Businesses

To ensure that you will operate your business within the law and in a manner to best protect your interests, you should seek legal or other professional advice as may be appropriate.

CTA-BOI Reporting Required

Beginning January 1, 2024, many companies will have to report information about their beneficial owners, i.e., the individuals who ultimately own or control the company, to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). These reporting requirements are associated with the federal Corporate Transparency Act and are unrelated to filings within the SCC's Office of the Clerk.

We have provided answers to Frequently Asked Questions as a courtesy. Visit FinCEN/BOI for complete information and filing compliance.