Foreign Addresses

Proper formatting of foreign addresses

Applicants are required to provide addresses to the Board of Bar Examiners in their Application and Character & Fitness Questionnaire. These addresses include current and past addresses, employment, education, and other addresses. Some of these addresses may be outside the United States and since there are many formats for these foreign addresses, we have defined a method for obtaining consistent and correctly formatted foreign addresses.

The following directions will assist you in providing foreign addresses that are properly formatted for mailing inquires as required by the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners.


Since 1985, MelissaData has been providing global address verification services to the world. The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners is utilizing this free service to ensure that your foreign addresses are correctly formatted and verified.


Gather the foreign address you would like to submit

EXAMPLE: World Bank in China

Copy the address


Open your web browser to MelissData -

  • Select the "Country"
  • Paste or type the address in the "Address" area
  • Click the checkbox - "Output in Latin"
  • When all data is entered - Click the button - "Submit"

Blank Data Entered


Successful results will produce a formatted foreign address as shown below.

  • Copy the "Formatted Address"
  • A "Partially Verified" address is acceptable
  • If you would like to verify the location with a map, click the "View OpenStreet Map (Free)" button

Successful Output


VBBE Online Forms
Return to the online forms and paste the copied address into the Foreign Address space provided.

Documentation you are preparing for submission
Use this copied foreign address in the document you are preparing.