What we do

The Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth is responsible for assisting the Governor in a number of different capacities.


Facilitate appointments to state boards and commissions

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Authenticate documents for foreign use

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Executive Clemency

Process and review pardon petitions

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Manage extradition requests

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Notary Public

Commissioning of Notaries Public in Virginia

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Restoration of Rights

Manage the restoration of civil rights process

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Service of Process

Assist Virginians who have incurred financial loss and are pursuing civil remedies through the legal system

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Virginia Indians

Liaison to Virginia's 11 state recognized Indian tribes

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Keeper of the Seal

Authorize the use of the state seal

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State Org Chart / Bluebook

Publish the state organizational chart and yearly report of all appointments to state government

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Constituent Services

Facilitates communication with the Governor

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Advisory Boards

Virginia African American Advisory Board
Virginia Asian Advisory Board
Council on Women
Virginia Latino Advisory Board
LGBTQ+ Advisory Board