COVID-19 Procedures: All business with the Commission should be through electronic filing systems, email, or by telephone. For public health safety, in-person visits to SCC offices are suspended. Filings or other deliveries are permitted by drop off at main entrance. On-site staff is minimal and processing of such deliveries may be delayed.
Open for Business
This decision will impact both your legal protections and benefits. Learn the differences between the most common business types.
This distinct name is how others and the SCC will recognize your business. Check out our frequently asked questions to learn more.
This person or company accepts official paperwork such as service of process (lawsuits) and annual registration fee notices.
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.
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.
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.
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.