BizEX: Starting a Business Guide
Register Your Business in Virginia
Every business needs a legal structure. Examples include:
- Sole Proprietorship
- General Partnership
- Limited Partnership
- Limited Liability Company
Please consult with business advisors to determine which structure is in your best interest and register your business as appropriate with the State Corporation Commission (SCC). Free business counseling to discuss your particular needs is available through our entrepreneurship ecosystem partners; See Step 1: Plan and Research.
If your business operates under a trade name or a fictitious name, that name must be also registered with the SCC.
For any questions about any state requirements:
- visit Virginia’s Business One-Stop or
- call the Virginia Business Hotline at 804-786-6585.
Get Your Professional Licenses
Many professions have licensing requirements, which are managed by Commonwealth of Virginia. Check these agencies to determine whether your profession has licensing or registration requirements:
- Virginia Department of Health Professions (DHP)
- Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR)
As part of the county's permitting process, you may be required to demonstrate that you have your required professional license. Depending on your business type, there may be other Fairfax County permits, licenses or taxes required.
Business type not listed? Contact BizEX to be sure you understand your requirements.