Is the solicitor at your door licensed?


Who needs a Solicitors License?

Any individual who sells goods or services door-to-door or from a temporary location in Fairfax County is required to have a county-issued Solicitors License. Solicitors may sell goods such as books, magazine subscriptions, flowers, firewood, coupon books, frozen meat, ice cream, or ready-to-eat hot foods. They may also offer services such as tree work, driveway sealing, high-speed internet and cable service, free estimates for home improvements, or home security alarm systems.

Soliciting is regulated by Chapter 31 of Fairfax County Code. Soliciting without a license is a criminal offense and violators of Chapter 31 may be charged with a Class 2 Misdemeanor.

Who is exempt?

Solicitors who offer only the following goods or services do not need a license to solicit in Fairfax County: Fresh farm food products, including produce and dairy products; Newspapers or newspaper subscriptions; and Real Estate or Insurance, when the sales person is licensed by Virginia.

What rules must solicitors follow in Fairfax County?

  • Solicitors must have a county-issued license, and they must show it to you if you ask to see it.
  • A solicitor is not allowed to knock or ring the bell where a “No Soliciting” sign is posted.
  • Solicitors may knock on your door only between the hours of 9:00am and 8:00pm.
  • A solicitor must leave your property when asked to do so.

What should residents do when a solicitor knocks on their door?

  • You aren't required to open your door. If you do, ask to see their Fairfax County Solicitors License.
  • Never let a solicitor into your home. Remember, solicitors are strangers. Use the same caution that you would use with any other stranger at your door.
  • If you encounter a solicitor who does not have a county-issued license, or violates any of the other rules listed above, call Fairfax County Police non-emergency dispatch at 703-691-2131.

The Solicitors License is an individual license, not a business license. If a solicitor tells you that his or her business has a solicitors license, the solicitor is probably not licensed to solicit in Fairfax County. A legitimate Fairfax County Solicitors License matches the example shown below.

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