Education about Virginia Certified Copies
What are Virginia certified copies?
Virginia certified copies are a true and correct copy of business filings, which can obtained from the Virginia State Corporation Commission. Articles of incorporation are the most commonly certified document. Articles of amendment or annual reports may also be certified.
The Virginia State Corporation Commission issues certified copies with an endorsement, stamp, or certificate. Certified copies are sometimes required to secure a bank loan, apply for a certificate of authority, and obtain business licenses.
What documents can be certified?
You can typically have most corporate filings certified, including:
- Articles of formation
- Articles of amendment
- Certificate of authority
- Annual filings, such as annual reports
- Fictitious name or DBA registration
- Dissolution and withdrawals
Where can I obtain Virginia certified copies?
Only the Virginia State Corporation Commission can issue Virginia certified copies. It is possible to obtain certified copies yourself using the contact information below.Virginia State Corporation Commission
Office of the Clerk - Tyler Building, 1st floor, 1300 E. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Office of the Clerk, P.O. Box 1197
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: 804-371-9733 or 1-866-722-2551 (toll free in Virginia)
Name Search: https://cis.scc.virginia.gov/EntitySearch/Index
Online Filing: https://cis.scc.virginia.gov/