Application Receipt/Status

Email Confirmation of Application Receipt

Please DO NOT call our office to inquire if we have received your application. If you sent your application by Priority, Express, Registered or Certified mail via the United States Postal Service or Next-Day Delivery by a third party commercial carrier, you can use those tracking numbers to determine date of delivery.

Once all applications have been received and entered into our database, an email (check your spam/junk mailbox) will be sent verifying receipt of your application as follows:

February Exam: On or about January 1.
July Exam: On or about June 1.

After the dates listed above, if you did not receive an email, check your spam/junk mailbox. If no email was received, fax a request for application receipt verification to 804-367-0416. Include your name, address, phone number, email address, last 4 of your social security number and signature.

Application Processing

All applications are assigned to a processor. Your processor will review your application for completeness and send you an email regarding the status of your application and any outstanding requirements. Your application status email will be sent by:

February Exam: No later than February 1.
July Exam: No later than July 1.

After the dates listed above, if you did not receive an email, check your spam/junk mailbox*. If no email was received, send an email to email@barexam.virginia.gov or fax a request for application status verification to 804-367-0416. Include your name, address, phone number, email address, last 4 of your social security number and signature.

*If your email was located in your spam/junk mailbox, you should set your preferences to accept emails from the domain address barexam.virginia.gov.

Instruction Letters

A Letter of Instruction, giving you VERY IMPORTANT details in regard to the upcoming bar exam will be available as follows:

February Exam: On or about January 1.
July Exam: On or about June 1.

Virginia Bar Exam Instructions (Handwriting) - more information
Virginia Bar Exam Instructions (Laptop) - more information

Laptop Registration

February Exam: Laptop Registration begins on the second Wednesday of January.
July Exam: Laptop Registration begins on the second Wednesday of June.

Click here for further information in regard to the laptop program.

Additional Information

Please Note: All timely filed applicants who have met the educational requirements as set forth in the Rules of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners are eligible to sit for the Virginia Bar Exam (unless you are under disbarment or suspension in any jurisdiction to which you are admitted). NO ADMISSION TICKETS ARE REQUIRED to enter the Virginia bar exam – but you MUST bring a Photo ID bearing your full legal name.