The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.

COVID-19 application modifications are listed in the charts below per application type.

July 2021 Bar Exam COVID-19 Application Modifications, Testing Conditions, Sample Declaration Survey, and FAQs -

Applications for the July 2021 Virginia Bar Exam:
The filing deadline for the July 2021 Virginia Bar Exam is Monday, May 10, 2021.

The Board realizes that some items required for July 2021 Bar Exam applications may be difficult to obtain at this time. Accordingly, the Board has modified some of the July 2021 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 2, 2021, please contact the Board for further instructions.

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

Required by the July 2021 Bar Exam Filing Deadline: May 10, 2021 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 Driver's 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
• Documentation 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 2021 Virginia 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 Documentation Copies or electronically generated forms accepted
Testing Conditions for the July 2021 Virginia Bar Exam:
  • Applicants will be assigned entrances/exits and staggered arrival times.
  • Applicants must submit to a temperature check before entry into the testing facility/area.
  • Applicants must reaffirm at the exam their COVID-19 Declarations remain true.
  • Applicants are required to maintain a six-foot distance between others at all times possible.
  • Applicants and all individuals involved in administering the exam will be required to wear masks at all times unless it is medically unsafe to do so and the applicant has submitted a Medical Accommodation Request Form, which has been approved by the Board.
  • All common areas of the exam site will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the exam.
  • The number of applicants allowed in the restrooms at one time will be monitored and limited.
  • Water fountains will be closed at the exam site. Water stations will be available.
  • Applicants will be seated at least six feet apart.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available as needed.
  • All other standard testing conditions apply.
  • Anyone attempting to enter the exam site in violation of these conditions will be denied entry.

To view a sample of the July 2021 Bar Exam Declaration, click here.

FAQs: Prior to the Exam

Are face masks required?
Yes. All applicants and individuals administering the exam will be required to wear masks at all times. Masks must cover your nose and mouth. Pursuant to CDC guidance, face masks with exhalation valves or vents are prohibited. If you have a medical condition that makes wearing a mask at all times unsafe, you must submit a Medical Accommodation Request Form no later than July 15, 2021 for the Board’s approval.

Will face masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) be supplied by the Board?
Hand sanitizer will be available in multiple locations in and around all exam rooms. No additional PPE will be provided by the Board.

May I bring my own PPE items?
In addition to wearing the required face mask, applicants are permitted to bring the following items to the exam:
      One additional cloth face mask
      One pair of disposable gloves
      One three ounce bottle of hand sanitizer
      One travel pack of disposable disinfecting wipes (25 count or less)

A complete list of allowed items is available in the Letter of Instruction for: Handwriting or Laptop

How often will the exam site be cleaned?
Exam tables will be disinfected prior to each day of the exam. Restrooms and all common and high-touch areas will be cleaned throughout the exam.

Am I required to sign a liability waiver?
No. The Board’s website provides details regarding the expected exam conditions as well as health and safety protocols to be followed. Also posted is a sample of the Bar Exam Declaration Survey that each applicant must submit prior to the exam and verbally reaffirm at the exam. The Board continues to update the Declaration based on guidance received from the Centers for Disease Control and from the Virginia Department of Health as they learn more and conditions change. The Declaration will be emailed to all applicants prior to the exam.

What if I am not comfortable taking the exam in July?
If you do NOT plan to sit for the July 2021 Virginia Bar Exam, and you are eligible to carry forward to the February 2022 Virginia Bar Exam, you should submit a Request To Carry Forward Form. Applicable fees to update your application to sit for the February 2022 Bar Exam are required. Laptop fees do not carry forward.

What should I do if the July 2021 Bar Exam is cancelled?
If the July 2021 Bar Exam is not possible, all applicants registered for the July 2021 Bar Exam will be automatically carried forward to the next administration of the Virginia Bar Exam.

FAQs: Entering the Exam

Will social distancing be maintained when applicants are entering the building?
6-feet markers will be placed at all designated entrances for applicants awaiting the required health and security screening. Applicants must adhere to these markings and remain at least 6 feet apart at all times.

Will my temperature be checked?
Yes. Applicants’ temperatures will be checked by touchless forehead thermometers. An applicant’s temperature must be below 100.4°F for entry into the exam site.

What if my temperature is 100.4°F or above?
Applicants with temperatures 100.4°F or above will be allowed to sit for a few minutes and then have their temperature rechecked. If the applicant’s temperature remains 100.4°F or above, they will be denied entry into the exam site.

What if I am denied entry based on fever or other symptoms?
Any applicant denied entry to the July 2021 Bar Exam due to fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 will be immediately removed from the exam site. The applicant will be automatically carried forward to the February 2022 Bar Exam.

What type of security check is involved?
After you have been cleared for entry into the exam site, a security check will be conducted via a walk-through metal detector and/or wand. Security personnel will remain on site throughout the exam for the safety of all applicants and staff.

What is the process after passing the security check?
After going through the security check, you will enter the exam room and immediately take your seat. After all applicants are seated, proctors will check your Photo ID and other items brought into the exam room. You will be required to remain in your seat throughout this process.

FAQs: During the Exam

How far apart will I be seated from other applicants?
All applicants will be seated at least 6 feet apart.

Will I be able to get up and use the restroom?
In order to limit the number of applicants in the restrooms at a given time, applicants will be required to request permission to go to the restroom.

Will water be available at the exam?
Water fountains are closed due to the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Water stations will be available to applicants.

What if I become sick during the July 2021 Bar Exam?
Any applicant who becomes ill or begins to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 during the July 2021 Bar Exam will be immediately removed from the exam site. The Virginia Department of Health, not the Board, is responsible for contact tracing. After the exam, if you are identified as having been potentially exposed, the Health Department will contact you.

Am I required to wear a tie for the July 2021 Bar Exam?
No. Due to COVID-19, the Board has waived the tie requirement for the July 2021 Bar Exam. All other dress code requirements remain in effect. Dress code requirements are available in the Letter of Instruction for: Handwriting or Laptop

How will we exit the exam room?
In order to maintain social distancing, applicants will be released for lunch and at the end of the day on a row-by-row basis. Applicants must maintain social distancing while exiting.

Please continue to check this website regularly for updated information regarding the July 2021 exam plans and procedures.

Admission Without Examination COVID-19 Application Modifications -

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)
• 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
• Documentation 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 Documentation Copies or electronically generated forms accepted

Virginia Corporate Counsel, Part I COVID-19 Application Modifications -

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 Original signed and notarized Employer Affidavit required before processing and provisional 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
• Documentation 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 Documentation Copies or electronically generated forms accepted