Virginia Statewide Offices

  • Attorney General

    The Office of the Attorney General is the Commonwealth's law firm. Its clients are the Virginia state government and the state agencies, boards and commissions that compose that government. One thing the Attorney General cannot do is give legal advice to private citizens.

  • Auditor of Public Accounts

    The Auditor of Public Accounts (APA) is the independent auditor serving the Commonwealth of Virginia. APA serves Virginia citizens and decision-makers by providing unbiased, accurate information and sound recommendations to improve accountability and financial management of public funds.

  • Commonwealth of Virginia

    The Commonwealth of Virginia is a U.S. state on the Atlantic Coast of the Southern United States. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" and sometimes the "Mother of Presidents" because it is the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents.

  • Governor

    The Governor of Virginia serves as the chief executive of the Commonwealth of Virginia for a four-year term. The Governor is required to live in the seat of government of Virginia. At every regular session, he must report the state of the Commonwealth to the General Assembly, Virginia's legislature. He must also convene the legislature when two-thirds of each house calls for a special session. The Governor must ensure that the laws of the Commonwealth are faithfully executed and is responsible for the safety of the state, as he serves as commander-in-chief of the Virginia Militia.

  • Lt. Governor

    The Lt. Governor and Governor are elected separately. The Lt. Governor serves as the President of the Virginia Senate and is first in the line of succession to the governor, in the event the governor dies, resigns, or otherwise leaves office, the Lt. Governor becomes governor.

  • Secretary of the Commonwealth

    The Secretary of the Commonwealth serves as the Keeper of the Seal of the Commonwealth; assists the Governor in the appointment of thousands of individuals to serve on state boards and commissions; issues the Commissions of Notaries Public; authenticates documents; registers lobbyists; issues the "Bluebook"; issues a State Government Organization Chart; and handles the paperwork on behalf of the Governor for pardons and clemencies, restoration of civil rights of former felons, extradition, and service of process.

  • State Treasurer

    The State Treasurer is the head of the Department of Treasury, which is responsible for the investment of state monies, issuance and management of the short and long-term financing needs of the Commonwealth, administration of the state’s unclaimed property and escheat laws, administration of insurance and risk management programs, management of the state’s banking network, development of cash management programs, and check issuance services. Treasury has six service area divisions: General Management, Debt Management, Risk Management, Operations, Cash Management and Investments and Unclaimed Property. The State Treasurer reports directly to the Secretary of Finance, which is a cabinet position reporting directly to the Governor.

  • Virginia Forms

    Provides links to forms from various government agencies.

Virginia Legislative Branch

  • Joint Commission on Technology and Science

    The Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS) was created by the 1997 Virginia General Assembly as a permanent legislative commission. The Commission is charged to generally study all aspects of technology and science and to promote the development of technology and science in the Commonwealth of Virginia through sound public policies.

  • Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

    The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) is a key component of the legislative oversight function in Virginia. The objectives of the legislative oversight function performed by JLARC are: Program and Agency Savings; Improved Efficiency and Effectiveness; An Informed Legislature; and Compliance with Legislative Intent.

  • Virginia General Assembly

    The Virginia General Assembly dates from the establishment of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown in 1619. It is heralded by Virginians as the "oldest continuous law-making body in the New World." The present legislature is bicameral, consisting of the House of Delegates and the Senate. The General Assembly's chief responsibilities are to represent citizens in the formulation of public policy, enact laws of the Commonwealth, approve the budget, levy taxes, elect judges and confirm appointments by the Governor.

Virginia Court Rules and Forms

Virginia Judicial Branch

  • Judicial System

    Virginia's Judicial System is comprised of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Court of Appeals of Virginia, circuit courts in thirty-one judicial circuits, general district and juvenile and domestic relations district courts in thirty-two districts, and magistrates in offices in thirty-two districts. The administrative office of the courts, known in Virginia as the Office of the Executive Secretary, supports the administration of the court system under the direction of the Chief Justice and the Executive Secretary.

Virginia Executive Branch

  • Commonwealth of Knowledge: Virginia's Site for Educators

    Commonwealth of Knowledge is Virginia's online website for Educators. The site is packed with valuable information about education and helping students achieve the Standards of Learning. It also provides many links to other web sites that may be helpful resources.

  • Department for the Aging

    The Virginia Department for the Aging (VDA) works with 25 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) as well as various other public and private organizations to help older Virginians, their families and loved ones find the services and information they need. The Department is a central point of contact for information and services. VDA is designated by the federal government as the agency to oversee all state programs using funds provided by the federal Older Americans Act and the Virginia General Assembly.

  • Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

    The mission of the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) is to empower blind, visually impaired, and deafblind individuals to achieve their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence. DBVI provides an array of specialized services to blind Virginians of all ages to assist them in attaining the skills, confidence and positive outlook that are critical to independence.

  • Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) works to reduce the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who are hearing, including family members, service providers, and the general public.

  • Department of Accounts

    The Department of Accounts is responsible for: providing a unified financial accounting and control system for state funds; developing a comprehensive system of checks and balances between state agencies entrusted with the collection, receipt and disbursement of state revenues; and maintaining a central accounting system for all state agencies and institutions.

  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is located within the Governor's Secretariat of Agriculture and Forestry and has both economic development and regulatory responsibilities under state law. VDACS is organized into five units: the Commissioner's Office; Division of Animal and Food Industry Services (AFIS); Division of Charitable Gaming; Division of Consumer Protection; and Division of Marketing.

  • Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

    The mission of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is to control the distribution of alcoholic beverages; operate efficient, conveniently located retail outlets; enforce the laws of the Commonwealth pertaining to alcoholic beverages and youth access to tobacco products; and provide excellent customer service, a reliable source of revenue, and effective public safety.

  • Department of Aviation

    The Virginia Department of Aviation is a state transportation agency whose mission is to cultivate an advanced aviation system that is safe, secure, and provides for economic development; promotes aviation awareness and education; and provides executive flight services for the Commonwealth leadership.

  • Department of Behavorial Health and Developmental Services

    The Virginia Department of Behavorial Health and Developmental Services is Virginia's public mental health, intellectual disabiity and substance abuse services system. It is comprised of 16 state-operated facilities and 40 locally-run community services boards (CSBs). The CSBs and facilities serve children and adults who have, or who are at risk of, mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities, or substance use disorders.

  • Department of Business Assistance

    The Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA) provides a one-stop-service for technical assistance related to business formation, access to capital, and workforce development. VDBA works with existing businesses as they grow their workforce and mentors entrepreneurs from ideas to launching their first business venture.

  • Department of Conservation and Recreation

    The Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) mission is to conserve, protect, enhance and advocate wise use of the commonwealth's unique natural, historical, recreational, scenic and cultural resources. DCR identifies, inventories and protects rare plants, animals and communities. It also protects and manages water and soil resources across the commonwealth.

  • Department of Correctional Education

    The Department of Correctional Education (DCE) is an independent school district with its own school board that operates in cooperation with the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice. DCE Juvenile Schools are accredited by the Virginia Department of Education.

  • Department of Corrections

    The Virginia Department of Corrections provides custody, supervision, and programs for offenders. The Department's mission is to enhance public safety by providing effective programming and supervising sentenced offenders in a humane, cost-efficient manner, consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional standards.

  • Department of Criminal Justice Services

    The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is a regulatory agency. Its mission is to provide comprehensive planning and state of the art technical and support services for the criminal justice system to improve and promote public safety in the Commonwealth. DCJS provides operational and support services to promote and enhance public safety in Virginia through education, standards, forensic laboratory services, grant funding, information and more.

  • Department of Education

    The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. Therefore, the mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.

  • Department of Emergency Management

    The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) protects the lives and property of Virginia's citizens from emergencies and disasters by coordinating the state's emergency preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery efforts. VDEM works with local government, state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise necessary to fulfull its mission.

  • Department of Environmental Quality

    The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) administers state and federal laws and regulations for air quality, water quality, water supply and waste management. In addition, other programs cover a variety of environmental activities, such as improving the ability of businesses and local governments to protect the environment, and offering technical and financial assistance for air and water quality improvements. Through its seven regional offices, DEQ issues permits, conducts inspections and monitoring, and enforces regulations and permits.

  • Department of Fire Programs

    It is the mission of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) to provide funding, training and educational programs to enhance public safety throughout the Commonwealth; and to enforce building code, statewide fire prevention code, and life safety code compliance. VDFP provides funding; professional development; higher education opportunities; public fire and life safety education; research; operational support; advocacy; and technical assistance.

  • Department of Forestry

    The Virginia Department of Forestry carries out forestry activities on state-owned lands, manages State Forests, enforces forestry laws, protects forests from fire and forest pests, performs statewide forest resource planning and forestry outreach education in forest stewardship, urban and community forestry and forest industry economic development.

  • Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

    The mission of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is: to manage Virginia's wildlife and inland fish to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth; to provide opportunity for all to enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating and related outdoor recreation and to work diligently to safeguard the rights of the people to hunt, fish and harvest game; to promote safety for persons and property in connection with boating, hunting and fishing; to provide educational outreach programs and materials that foster an awareness of and appreciation for Virginia's fish and wildlife resources, their habitats, and hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities.

  • Department of General Services

    The Department of General Services (DGS) provides a wide array of services for other state agencies, local governments, and citizens. It serves as the infrastructure for state government by serving in a support capacity with four separate divisions and eight business units.

  • Department of Health

    The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) oversees public health throughout the Commonwealth.

  • Department of Health Professions

    The mission of the Virginia Department of Health Professions is to ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public.

  • Department of Historic Resources

    The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is the State Historic Preservation Office. The Department's mission is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of Virginia's significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources.

  • Department of Housing and Community Development

    The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is committed to creating safe, affordable, and prosperous communities to live, work and do business in Virginia. DHCD partners with Virginia’s communities to develop their economic potential, regulates Virginia’s building and fire codes, provides training and certification for building officials, and invests more than $100 million each year into housing and community development projects throughout the state, the majority of which are designed to help low-to-moderate income citizens.

  • Department of Human Resource Management

    The mission of the Virginia Human Resource Management (DHRM) is to address the diverse human resources needs of its customers through guidance, consultation, and training. DHRM provides leadership in human resources management, which is responsive to the goals and needs of the Commonwealth and its workforce.

  • Department of Juvenile Justice

    The mission of the Department of Juvenile Justice is to protect the public through a balanced approach of accountability and comprehensive services that prevent and reduce delinquency through partnerships with families, schools, communities, law enforcement, and others, while providing opportunities for delinquent youth to become responsible and productive citizens.

  • Department of Labor and Industry

    The mission of the Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) is to make Virginia a better place to work, live and conduct business. DOLI strives to achieve this goal by promoting safe, healthful workplaces and best employment practices; job training opportunities through registered apprenticeships; protecting children from hazardous employment; and safe operation of boiler and pressure vessel devices in the Commonwealth. As part of this effort DOLI provides a broad range of programs to employers and workers.

  • Department of Lottery

    The Florida Lottery was created to allow the people of the state to benefit from significant additional moneys for education while playing lottery games. The mission of the Florida Lottery is to maximize revenues in a manner consistent with the dignity of the state and the welfare of its citizens.

  • Department of Medical Assistance Services

    The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is the agency that administers Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Virginia. The CHIP program in Virginia is called Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS). The mission of DMAS is to provide a system of high quality and cost effective health care services to qualifying Virginians and their families.

  • Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

    The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) serves a large and varied group of people, organizations and agencies throughout the Commonwealth. Through its six divisions, the agency regulates the mineral industry, provides mineral research and offers advice on wise use of resources. Its programs directly serve the citizens who live near mining operations, mining labor groups, other regulatory agencies, the educational community, the mineral industry, and environmental, consumer and industry special-interest groups.

  • Department of Minority Business Enterprise

    The Department of Minority Business Enterprise is dedicated to enhancing the participation of Virginia's small, women- and minority-owned businesses in Virginia’s procurement process. DMBE administers two certification programs: the Small, Women- and Minority-owned Businesses under Virginia’s “SWaM” Procurement Initiative, and the federal U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) Program. DMBE also provides management and technical support to our certified businesses through one-on-one business development and procurement advocacy.

  • Department of Motor Vehicles

    Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) serves Virginia's licensed drivers, ID card holders and registered vehicle owners. DMV also serves a wide array of businesses, including dealers, fuels tax customers, rental companies, driving schools, other state agencies, local governments and non-profit organizations. DMV's responsibilities include vehicle titling and registration, driver licensing and maintenance of driver and vehicle records. The agency also collects Virginia's fuel tax and car rental tax, monitors the state's trucking industry and serves as Virginia's Highway Safety Office.

  • Department of Planning and Budget

    The Department of Planning and Budget (DPB) advises the Governor on how to wisely use public resources for the benefit of all Virginians by analyzing, developing, and implementing various fiscal, programmatic, and regulatory policies.

  • Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

    The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation's (DPOR) mission is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by licensing qualified individuals and businesses and enforcing standards of professional conduct for professions and occupations as designated by statute. DPOR licenses or certifies over 300,000 individuals and businesses ranging from architects and contractors to cosmetologists and professional wrestlers.

  • Department of Rail and Public Transportation

    The mission of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is to improve the mobility of people and goods while expanding transportation choices in the Commonwealth. DRPT works closely with VDOT, which is responsible for highways, as well as other transportation agencies responsible for aviation and ports. Each of DRPT's three primary areas of activity (rail, public transportation, and commuter services) focus on the movement of people and goods throughout Virginia.

  • Department of Rehabilitative Services

    In partnership with people with disabilities and their families, the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services collaborates with the public and private sectors to provide and advocate for the highest quality services that empower individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and full inclusion into society.

  • Department of Social Services

    The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) provides assistance to citizens of Virginia to help them live their best lives. One child, one senior citizen, one person at a time, VDSS programs and services help people triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect, achieve self-sufficiency and shape strong futures for themselves, their families and their communities.

  • Department of Taxation

    The goals of the Department of Taxation are to maximize operational efficiency and effectiveness; develop, attract, and retain a capable, motivated, and diverse workforce; achieve a culture based on TAX's core values; and ensure customer satisfaction.

  • Department of Transportation

    The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for building, maintaining and operating the state's roads, bridges and tunnels. And, through the Commonwealth Transportation Board, it provides funding for airports, seaports, rail and public transportation. VDOT's mission is to plan, deliver, operate and maintain a transportation system that is safe, enables easy movement of people and goods, enhances the economy and improves our quality of life.

  • Library of Virginia

    The Library of Virginia preserves and provides access to the state's incomparable printed and manuholdings. The Library's collection, which has grown steadily through the years, is the most comprehensive resource in the world for the study of Virginia history, culture, and government.

  • Office of Commonwealth Preparedness

    The Office of Commonwealth Preparedness was created in the Office of the Governor to work with and through others, including federal, state, and local officials, as well as the private sector, to develop a seamless, coordinated security and preparedness strategy and implementation plan. The office also serves as the liaison between the Governor and the federal Department of Homeland Security.

  • Science Museum of Virginia

    The Science Museum of Virginia is the premier center for hands-on science education in Virginia. Permanent exhibitions include interactive exhibits on a wide range of science topics. Additional museum programs include visiting exhibitions, educational programming, overnight adventures, lectures, demonstrations, live theater and summer camps.

  • Secretary of Administration

    The Secretary of Administration is a member of the Governor's cabinet. The Secretary oversees a number of state agencies, including the Department of General Services, the State Board of Elections, the Department of Minority Business Enterprise and the Department of Human Resource Management.

  • Secretary of Commerce and Trade

    The Secretary of Commerce and Trade is a member of the Governor's Cabinet. The Secretary oversees the economic, community, and workforce development of the Commonwealth.

  • Secretary of Education

    The Secretary of Education is a member of the Governor's Cabinet. The Secretary assists the Governor in the development and implementation of the state's education policy. The Education Secretariat provides guidance to the 16 public universities, the Virginia Community College System, five higher education and research centers, the Department of Education, the state-supported museums.

  • Secretary of Finance

    The Secretary of Finance is a member of the Governor's Cabinet. The Secretary provides guidance to the four key agencies within the Finance Secretariat. These agencies handle all the financial transactions of the Commonwealth, from collecting taxes to paying bills to distributing aid to localities. Their responsibilities include: forecasting and collecting revenues; managing the Commonwealth’s cash and investments; selling bonds; overseeing internal audits; making strategic financial plans; and preparing and executing the Commonwealth’s budget.

  • Secretary of Health and Human Resources

    The Secretary of Health and Human Resources is a member of the Governor's Cabinet. The Secretary oversees twelve state agencies which provide often-vital services to Virginians. Individuals with disabilities, the aging community, low-income working families, children, caregivers and the provider network are supported through the work of this Secretariat. In addition, its agencies license health practitioners and ensure safe drinking water in the Commonwealth.

  • Secretary of Natural Resources

    The Secretary of Natural Resources is a member of the Governor's Cabinet. The Secretary advises the Governor on natural resources issues and works to advance the Governor's top environmental priorities. The Secretary oversees six agencies that protect and restore the Commonwealth’s natural and historic resources.

  • Secretary of Public Safety

    The Secretary of Public Safety is a member of the Governor's Cabinet. The Secretary manages the Office of Public Safety. There are 14 state agencies within the Office. The responsibilities of these agencies include enforcing criminal, highway safety, and alcoholic beverage laws; protecting the public through confinement, treatment and re-entry preparation; training fire fighters, Army and Air National Guard members; and planning and coordinating the state's emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation efforts.

  • Secretary of Technology

    The Secretary of Technology is a member of the Governor's Cabinet. The Secretary and its agencies are responsible for the efficient and effective use of information technology to simplify government operations, advance technology applications to improve public services, and drive the innovation economy through the Commonwealth's leadership. The Secretary oversees two agencies: Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA).

  • Secretary of Transportation

    The Secretary of Transportation is a member of the Governor's Cabinet. The Secretary ensures the Commonwealth has a safe and efficient transportation system to support and improve every Virginian's quality of life. Agencies that are part of the Transportation Secretariat provide a wide array of products and services including road construction and repairs, rest area maintenance, regulating sea ports, airports and rail, and issuing license plates and driver's licenses.

  • Virginia Assistive Technology System

    The Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS) is a statewide program authorized and funded by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004. VATS was established in 1990 with commitment to increasing awareness, accessibility and acquisition of assistive technology. The program is guided by an Advisory Council composed of individuals with disabilities, family members and representatives from Virginia's disability service agencies. One of VATS priorities’ is to establish assistive technology recycling programs across the State.

  • Virginia Economic Development Partnership

    The Virginia Economic Development Partnership was created to better serve those seeking a prime business location and increased trade opportunities and, therefore, to foster increased expansion of the Commonwealth's economy. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life and raise the standard of living for all Virginians, in collaboration with Virginia communities, through aggressive business recruitment, expansion assistance, and trade development, thereby expanding the tax base and creating higher-income employment opportunities.

  • Virginia Employment Commission

    The mission of the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) is to promote economic growth and stability by delivering and coordinating workforce services to include: policy development; job placement; temporary income support; workforce information; and transition and training services.

  • Virginia Information Technologies Agency

    The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) is the Commonwealth's consolidated information technology organization. VITA's responsibilities fall into four primary categories: governance of the Commonwealth's information security programs; operation of the IT infrastructure; governance of IT investments; and procurement of technology for VITA and on behalf of other state agencies and institutions of higher education.

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    With a collection of art that spans more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. It is one of the first museums in the American South to be operated by state funds

  • Virginia Museum of Natural History

    The Virginia Museum of Natural History, located in Martinsville, Virginia, is a place where scientific research about the Commonwealth of Virginia's natural history and public understanding merge and is an agency of the Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Exhibits, outreach programs, and publications translate the findings of the Museum curators' scientific research into easily understood language and concepts. The Museum curators 'speak to the earth' and teach its lessons to all Virginians.

  • Virginia Resources Authority

    The Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) supports community investments in the following areas: Public Safety; Transportation; Wastewater; Flood Prevention & Dam Safety; Solid Waste; Water; Federal Facility Development; Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment; Airports; Land Conservation & Preservation; Broadband; Parks and Recreation; Local Government Buildings; Energy; Site Acquisition & Development for Economic & Community Development; Administrative & Operations Systems; Oyster Restoration; and Defective Drywall Correction & Restoration.

  • Virginia Retirement System

    The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) administers a defined benefit plan, a group life insurance plan, a deferred compensation plan and a cash match plan for Virginia's public sector employees, as well as an optional retirement plan for selected employees and the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program for state employees.

  • Virginia State Police

    The Virginia Department of State Police is the state police force for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The agency originated out of the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles as a vehicle inspection agency and an enforcer of highway laws. It is currently one of fourteen agencies within the Cabinet Secretariat of Public Safety. From Virginia's highways to within the communities, the Virginia State Police is recognized nationally for its superior enforcement, investigative, educational, technological, and analytical resources.

  • Virginia Tourism Corporation

    The Virginia Tourism Authority, doing business as the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) is an organization of more than 70 professionals working in the Richmond office and at 10 Welcome Centers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The overriding goal of all of VTC’s activities is to “serve the broader interests of the economy of Virginia by supporting, maintaining and expanding the Commonwealth’s domestic and international inbound tourism and motion picture production industries in order to increase visitor expenditures, tax revenues and employment.”

  • VISIT Virginia

    VISIT Virginia is the Official Tourism Website of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Boards and Commissions

  • Board for People with Disabilities

    The Board serves as the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, addressing the needs of people with developmental disabilities as established under the federal "Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act" and the state "Virginians with Disabilities Act". The Board's purpose is to engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systems change activities that contribute to a coordinated consumer and family centered, consumer and family directed, comprehensive system of services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that enable individuals with DD to exercise self-determination, be independent, be productive, and be integrated and included in all facets of community life.

  • Board of Accountancy

    The Virginia Board of Accountancy was established in 1910 to regulate Certified Public Accountants (CPA’s), which includes individuals and businesses who practice public accountancy or who provide assurances about financial statements.

  • Commission on Local Government

    The Commission on Local Government assists counties, cities, and towns in the Commonwealth in the following ways: reviews and publishes advisory reports on boundary change and governmental transition issues; provides technical assistance; develops and distributes annual reports; develops and distributes an annual catalog of state and Federal mandates on local governments; oversees the executive agency assessment of state and federal mandates on local governments; publishes an annual report on local government utilization of cash proffers; examines proposed state legislation for its potential fiscal impact on the state’s localities; and assists with duties relating to the oversight of Virginia's planning district commissions.

  • Commonwealth Competition Council

    The Commonwealth Competition Council (CCC) is an outgrowth of the Commission on Government Reform. CCC recommends to the Governor and General Assembly alternative ways of providing traditional government services. CCC also suggests ways of minimizing any adverse impact of privatization upon state employees.

  • Council on Human Rights

    The Virginia Council on Human Rights enforces the Virginia Human Rights Act. It serves to safeguard all individuals within the Commonwealth from unlawful discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, disability, in places of public accommodation, including educational institutions and in real estate transactions; in employment; to preserve the public safety, health and general welfare; and to further the interests, rights and privileges of individuals within the Commonwealth; and to protect citizens of the Commonwealth against unfounded charges of unlawful discrimination.

  • NewWell Fund

    The NewWell Fund offers low interest loans for a variety of special equipment to eligible applicants. An eligible applicant is any resident of Virginia with a disability or who has a family member with a disability. The interest rate is normally well below normal market rates, and loans are available with no down payment and longer terms which reduces monthly payments.

  • State Board of Elections

    The State Board of Elections (SBE) is responsible for ensuring uniformity, fairness, accuracy and purity in all elections in the Commonwealth of Virginia. SBE promotes the proper administration of election laws, campaign finance disclosure compliance, and voter registration processes in Virginia by promulgating rules, regulations, issuing instructions, and providing information to local electoral boards and general registrars. In addition, SBE maintains a centralized database of state-wide voter registration and election related data.

  • State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

    The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) makes higher education public policy recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly in such areas as capital and operating budget planning, enrollment projections, institutional technology needs, and student financial aid.

  • Virginia Charitable Gaming Board

    The purpose of the Virginia Charitable Gaming Board is to advise the Division of Charitable Gaming on all aspects of the conduct of charitable gaming in Virginia. The Charitable Gaming Board replaced the Charitable Gaming Commission effective July 1, 2003.

  • Virginia Commission for the Arts

    The mission of the Virginia Commission for the Arts is to support and stimulate excellence in all of the arts, in their full cultural and ethnic diversity, in order to enhance the quality of life, to stimulate economic development, to support educational advancement, and to make the arts accessible to all Virginians.

  • Virginia Council on Indians

    The duties of the Virginia Council on Indians include studies and research regarding the Indian Tribes in the Commonwealth, and making recommendations to the Commonwealth on issues regarding Virginia Indians. The Council is affiliated with the Secretary of Natural Resources.

  • Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care

    The Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC) seeks through its research, recommendations, and legislative actions to "ensure that the Commonwealth as provider, financier, and regulator adopts the most cost-effective and efficacious means of delivery of health care services so that the greatest number of Virginians receive quality health care."

  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission

    Established in 1875 as the Virginia Fish Commission, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) is one of the oldest agencies in Virginia State Government. Since its creation, the Commission's duties and responsibilities have grown and expanded considerably. The Agency's Divisions include Fisheries Management; Habitat Management; Law Enforcement; and Administration and Finance.

  • Virginia State Corporation Commission

    The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) strives to apply law and regulation to balance the interests of citizens, businesses, and customers in regulating Virginia's business and economic concerns and work continually to improve the regulatory and administrative processes.


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