Virginia Business Licensing Information for Contractors


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Tradesman Licensing Requirements in Virginia for Contractors, Electricians and Plumbers

In the state of Virginia, those individuals or businesses that wish to obtain licensure for contracting, electrical or plumbing work must obtain a Tradesman license. Tradesman licenses are regulated by the Board of Contractors. The tradesman exam and license application can be found here.

For more information, you can contact the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation by calling 804-367-8500.

Additional Business Licensing for All Businesses in Virginia

Business and Occupational Licenses

Information for business and occupational licenses in the state of Virginia can be obtained from the website for the Business One Stop. There are many professions in Virginia that require licensure by businesses operating in the state.

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Virginia Business Tax Information

Business Tax Registration

Any business operating in the state of Virginia must register for a tax identification number, licenses or applicable permits, sales tax accounts and unemployment insurance tax using the website for the state’s Department of Taxation. To determine your tax liability or to make online payments, consult the website linked. This website can also be used for general tax information and forms related to taxes.

Insurance Requirements for Businesses in Virginia

Unemployment Tax Requirements

Unemployment insurance is required to be paid by every business operating in Virginia. This process is managed and regulated by the state’s Employment Commission. In addition, employers and businesses can use this section of the website to register the business, pay premiums and report wages.

Under certain conditions, your business may need to remit payment for unemployment insurance taxes.

Workers’ Compensation Requirements

With very few exceptions, employers in the state of Virginia who employ more than one worker must get and maintain Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Using the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s website, you can obtain coverage, report your intent to self-insure and verify that a company has the necessary insurance to meet the state’s requirements.

Under the law, the premiums paid for this type of insurance coverage is always paid for by the employer and should never be deducted from the employee’s earnings.

For more information, contact can be made with the Workers’ Compensation Commission using the address below:

Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission

1000 DMV Drive

Richmond, VA 23220

Phone: 877-664-2566

New Hire Reporting Requirements for Businesses in Virginia

Reporting New Hires

Under federal law, employers are required to report newly hired employees within 20 days of their hire date. The following information can be reported using the New Hire Reporting Center:

  • Employee’s name
  • Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Hire date
  • Employer’s name
  • Payroll address
  • Federal identification number (FEIN)

Employers may use the website for reporting or fax the information to 800-688-2680.

Licensed Contractors in Virginia

In order to verify licensure in the state of Virginia, the State Corporation Commission provides a search.