Lobbyists: Processes and Regulations
Virginia law requires registration with the Office of the Secretary of the
Commonwealth prior to engaging in lobbying, unless he or she satisfies one
of the exemptions set forth in statute. A lobbyist is any individual
who is employed in any manner or who is reimbursed for expenses, or who represents
an organization, association or other group for the purpose of influencing
or attempting to influence executive or legislative action through oral or
written communication with an executive or legislative official; this includes
anyone who solicits others to influence an executive or legislative official.
Register as a Lobbyist:
To register, one must complete a registration form available below and pay
a $50 registration fee per principal. You must register for each principal
on whose behalf you will be lobbying. All lobbyist registrations are
required annually and expire April 30. One who engages in lobbying entirely
outside the capital city must register within fifteen days of engaging in lobbying. One
may terminate a lobbyist registration by filing a lobbyist disclosure report
including information through the last day of lobbying activity.
LOBBYIST REGISTRATION MANUAL
Returning lobbyists can login and make changes to their account. If you have forgotten your password, click on the button below to reset your password.
Lobbyist disclosure forms must be filed with the Office of the Secretary of
the Commonwealth by July 1 for the twelve-month period beginning May 1 and ending April 30.
For online registration or online submittal of Disclosure
Statements, see below.
The publications below are available for viewing, downloading, and printing.
Please send all hardcopy registration and disclosure forms to:
Office of the
Secretary of the Commonwealth
1111 East Broad Street, 4th
Richmond, VA 23219
For further information contact:
Chris Frink, Lobbyist Specialist
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
1111 East Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
fax: (804) 371-0017
or use our Inquiry Form