Frequently Asked Questions

The time commitment for each board differs and can range from quarterly meetings each year to dozens of meetings yearly. Interested applicants are encouraged to research the board for which they are applying to, by visiting the board’s website and the Virginia Blue Book to learn more about the board’s specific requirements.

Additionally, while most boards meet in Richmond, Virginia, others host meetings around the state

Board member responsibilities vary by statute and by type of board. Interested applicants are encouraged to research the board for which they are applying by visiting the board’s website and the Virginia Blue Book to learn more about the specific responsibilities.

Since each board differs, the requirements for serving will be different. In general, individuals must be Virginia residents and meet the eligibility requirements of the particular vacancy/board seat they’re seeking to serve in. Interested applicants are encouraged to research the board for which they are applying by visiting the board’s website and the Virginia Blue Book to learn more about the specific eligibility requirements for serving.

In general board members are not compensated; however, travel reimbursement is available for eligible board members. Interested applicants are encouraged to research the board for which they’re applying by visiting the board’s website and the Virginia Blue Book to learn more about the specific requirements of that board.

Additionally, interested individuals are encouraged to contact the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth or the respective board administrator for more information on travel reimbursement.

While the vacancy list has the most up to date list of board and commission openings, applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be considered as openings become available.

Individuals are encouraged to research the specific board for which they’re interested in or serving on for the specific term and reappointment conditions. Additionally, individuals will be contacted by the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth and/or the board administrator to inquire about interest in reappointment.

No, you do not need to reapply. Individuals that are interested in boards other than ones they’re currently serving on or have applied for should contact the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth so that this information can be updated in the individual’s file.

Individuals selected for appointment will be contacted by the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Individuals not selected for appointment for the specific boards for which they applied may not be contacted but may still be considered for service on other boards and commissions.

While most boards require Virginia residency not all boards and commissions do. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the Virginia Blue Book for specific information and requirements for the boards for which they are interested in serving on.

Information about Virginia’s approximately 300 boards and commissions can be found in a number of different places including the Virginia Blue Book, Regulatory Town Hall, and on respective boards’ websites. Most of this information can be found via an online search.