COVID-19 Notice as of May 1, 2020:

Please do not call the office asking for more information, as none is available at this time.

  • The Board of Bar Examiners remains committed to administering the Virginia Bar Exam in July 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic presents numerous challenges, and we appreciate your patience as we consider how to administer the bar exam safely.
  • Final decisions and details regarding the July Bar Exam will be made as soon as possible based upon available information, including guidance from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, state and local restrictions on gatherings, and test venue availability. Any changes to the July 2020 Virginia Bar Exam will be announced here, so you should continue to monitor this page for additional information.
  • Ultimately, the Board’s top priority is the protection of the public, including the health and safety of bar applicants and of our employees and volunteers. Thank you for your patience.

COVID-19 Application Modifications

The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. The Board’s top priority is the protection of the public, which includes the health and safety of bar applicants and of our employees and volunteers. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

The Board is unable to accept hand deliveries of applications at this time. The Board strongly recommends that applicants send application materials using a trackable delivery method without requiring a signature. The Board cannot confirm receipt of application materials by phone or email.

The modifications are listed in the charts below per application type.

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Applications for the July 2020 Virginia Bar Exam:
The filing deadline for the July 2020 Virginia Bar Exam is Monday, May 11, 2020 (statutory date of May 10, 2020 is a Sunday).

The Board realizes that some items required for July 2020 Bar Exam applications may be difficult to obtain at this time. Accordingly, the Board is modifying some of the July 2020 Virginia Bar Exam application requirements, as set forth in the chart below. The applicant’s goal should be to submit as complete an application package as possible. Most of the documents required to be submitted by the filing deadline can be obtained through online requests. If you are unable to obtain a Required by Filing Deadline item by May 1, 2020, please contact the Board for further instructions.

Please Note: Not all items listed are required by every applicant

Required by the July Bar Exam Filing Deadline: May 11, 2020 Modification from Rules
• Application for Examination Electronic Notarization accepted or Applicant Declaration, Authorization & Release*
*A separate Applicant Declaration is required for every place a signature and notary are required.
• Character & Fitness Questionnaire/Update Form Electronic Notarization accepted or Applicant Declaration, Authorization & Release*
*A separate Applicant Declaration is required for every place a signature and notary are required.
• Petition for Non-Standard Testing Electronic Notarization accepted or Applicant Declaration, Authorization & Release*
*A separate Applicant Declaration is required for every place a signature and notary are required.
• Fees (Only Certified Check, Cashier's Check, or Money Order)
• Exam Identification Photos In lieu of passport photos, a personal photo, resembling passport-type photos (above shoulders, plain background) may be accepted. Your photo must be clear, 2x2 inches and attached on the photo ID page. If your personal photo is not acceptable, you will be required to submit professional passport photos.
• Confirmation of NCBE Number Can be requested online
• Copy of your Drivers License, Passport, Govt ID, etc., to be used for admission into the exam
• Credit Report Can be requested online
• DMV Records Uncertified record accepted - Can be requested online
Please note: Those requesting Virginia DMV records should select “View Record Only.” You will be able to view and print all pages of your driving record.
• Birth Certificate/Naturalization/Immigration documentation Copy of document accepted - Can be requested online
• Documents verifying current legal name if other than birth name (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, name change order, etc.) Copy of document(s) accepted
May be submitted AFTER the filing deadline but MUST be received prior to taking the July Bar Exam Modification from Rules
• Fingerprint Card May be received after filing deadline, but prior to taking the exam.
• Completed C&F Healthcare Form Electronically generated forms accepted
• Educational Verification of Juris Doctor Degree Electronically generated forms accepted
• Certificates of Good Standing Electronically generated forms accepted
• Option 3 - Verification of Bar Passage Form Electronically generated forms accepted
• Verification of Military Service Documentation Copies or electronically generated forms accepted
• Court Records for Felony charges Copies or electronically generated forms accepted
• Court Orders-creditors, tax liens and judgments Copies or electronically generated forms accepted
• Bankruptcy Petition Copies or electronically generated forms accepted
• Defaulted student loan documents Copies or electronically generated forms accepted

The Board realizes that some items required for Admission Without Examination applications may be difficult to obtain at this time. Accordingly, the Board is modifying some of the application requirements, as set forth in the chart below. The applicant’s goal should be to submit as complete an application package as possible. Most of the documents required for us to process your application can be obtained through online requests. After exhausting all attempts to obtain a required item for us to begin processing your application, you may contact the Board for further instructions.

Please Note: Not all items listed are required by every applicant

Required for VBBE to begin processing your application Modification from Rules
• Application for Admission Without Examination (AWE) Electronic Notarization accepted or AWE Declaration, Authorization & Release*
*A separate AWE Declaration is required for every place a signature and notary are required.
• Character & Fitness Questionnaire Electronic Notarization accepted or AWE Declaration, Authorization & Release*
*A separate AWE Declaration is required for every place a signature and notary are required.
• Fees (Only Certified Check, Cashier's Check, or Money Order)
• Verification of Reciprocity Electronically generated forms accepted
• Completion of Rule 1A:1 Reciprocity Course
• Résumé of past practice of law
• Self-Employment Tax Returns, K1 or W2 Electronically generated forms accepted
• Certificates of Good Standing Electronically generated forms accepted
• Certificates of Discipline Electronically generated forms accepted
• Authority permitting practice of law without a law license in the jurisdiction where office is located Electronically generated forms accepted
• Transcript from ABA approved law school Unofficial accepted for processing. Official transcript may be required prior to approval.
• Affidavit of Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct Electronic Notarization accepted or AWE Declaration, Authorization & Release*
*A separate AWE Declaration is required for every place a signature and notary are required.
• Authorized Person Form Electronic Notarization accepted or AWE Declaration, Authorization & Release*
*A separate AWE Declaration is required for every place a signature and notary are required.
• Confirmation of NCBE Number Can be requested online
• Credit Report Can be requested online
• DMV Records Uncertified record accepted - Can be requested online
Please note: Those requesting Virginia DMV records should select “View Record Only.” You will be able to view and print all pages of your driving record.
• Birth Certificate/Naturalization/Immigration documentation Copy of document accepted - Can be requested online
• Documents verifying current legal name if other than birth name (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, name change order, etc.) Copy of document(s) accepted
Required before approval Modification from Rules
• Completed C&F Healthcare form Electronically generated forms accepted
• Verification of Military Service Documentation Copies or electronically generated forms accepted
• Court Records for Felony charges Copies or electronically generated forms accepted
• Court Orders-creditors, tax liens and judgments Copies or electronically generated forms accepted
• Bankruptcy Petition Copies or electronically generated forms accepted
• Defaulted student loan documents Copies or electronically generated forms accepted

The Board realizes that some items required for Virginia Corporate Counsel, Part I, applications may be difficult to obtain at this time. Accordingly, the Board is modifying some of the application requirements, as set forth in the chart below. The applicant’s goal should be to submit as complete an application package as possible. Most of the documents required for us to process your application can be obtained through online requests. After exhausting all attempts to obtain a required item for us to begin processing your application, you may contact the Board for further instructions.

Please Note: Not all items listed are required by every applicant

Required for VBBE to begin processing your application Modification from Rules
• Application for Virginia Corporate Counsel (VCC), Part I Electronic Notarization accepted or VCC Declaration, Authorization & Release*
*A separate VCC Declaration is required for every place a signature and notary are required.
• Character & Fitness Questionnaire Electronic Notarization accepted or VCC Declaration, Authorization & Release*
*A separate VCC Declaration is required for every place a signature and notary are required.
• Fees (Only Certified Check, Cashier's Check, or Money Order)
• Certificates of Good Standing Electronically generated forms accepted
• Certificates of Discipline Electronically generated forms accepted
• Transcript from ABA approved law school Unofficial accepted for processing. Official transcript may be required prior to approval.
• Affidavit of Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct Electronic Notarization accepted or VCC Declaration, Authorization & Release*
*A separate VCC Declaration is required for every place a signature and notary are required.
• Affidavit of Employer Electronically generated signed Employer Affidavit without notarization is accepted for processing.
Original signed and notarized Employer Affidavit required before approval.
• Confirmation of NCBE Number Can be requested online
• Credit Report Can be requested online
• DMV Records Uncertified record accepted - Can be requested online
Please note: Those requesting Virginia DMV records should select “View Record Only.” You will be able to view and print all pages of your driving record.
• Birth Certificate/Naturalization/Immigration documentation Copy of document accepted - Can be requested online
• Documents verifying current legal name if other than birth name (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, name change order, etc.) Copy of document(s) accepted
Required before approval Modification from Rules
• Completed C&F Healthcare form Electronically generated forms accepted
• Verification of Military Service Documentation Copies or electronically generated forms accepted
• Court Records for Felony charges Copies or electronically generated forms accepted
• Court Orders-creditors, tax liens and judgments Copies or electronically generated forms accepted
• Bankruptcy Petition Copies or electronically generated forms accepted
• Defaulted student loan documents Copies or electronically generated forms accepted

COVID-19 Notice as of March 17, 2020:

  • The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners' office and phone lines are open. Should this office be required to close, Notice will be posted on this webpage and on our phone lines.
  • Mail and third-party delivery service continues at this time. The Board discourages in-person visits or the hand delivery of any applications until further notice.
  • The filing deadline for the July 2020 Virginia Bar Exam is Monday, May 11, 2020 (statutory date of May 10, 2020 is a Sunday).
  • The Board realizes that some items required for July bar exam applications may be difficult to obtain at this time. We request that you continue to try to obtain all items prior to submitting your application. After May 1, 2020, if you are unable to obtain a required item, you may call the office for further instructions.