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Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP), oversees all registrations, regulatory investigations, and related surety management for certain types of businesses that are required to file with the Office and may be required to post surety for the protection of Virginia consumers. The regulated businesses include: Charitable Gaming, Charitable Solicitation, Credit Services Businesses, Extended Service Contract Providers, Health Clubs, Membership Campgrounds, Prepaid Legal Services Plan Sellers, Travel Clubs, Fire Standard Compliant Cigarette (Reduced Ignition Propensity) Certification, and Transporters of Waste Kitchen Grease.

OCRP Staff Directory

Charitable Gaming
Charitable Solicitation
Credit Services Businesses
Extended Service Contract Providers

Health Clubs

Membership Campgrounds
Prepaid Legal Service Plan Sellers
Transporters of Waste Kitchen Grease

Travel Clubs

Charitable Gaming
Charitable Gaming
Charitable Solicitation

The Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is responsible for the administration of the Virginia Solicitation of Contributions Law (VSOC).  Every charitable organization, except as otherwise provided for in the VSOC, which intends to solicit contributions within the Commonwealth, or have funds solicited on its behalf, is required to file an initial registration statement with OCRP, prior to any solicitation.  Registration with OCRP does not imply endorsement of a public solicitation for contributions.

Charitable Organization Registration Search: Before contributing, it is advisable to determine if the organization is registered with OCRP and to review the organization’s financial information to determine how it intends to spend your contribution. Use this search to determine the filing status and other information about organizations, professional fundraising counsel and professional solicitors.

You can also download a CSV (spreadsheet-compatible) file which lists all Charitable Organizations currently registered with OCRP: Charitable Organization Registration Download (CSV)
The contents of this file are current as of July 20, 2014.

Charitable Solicitation Registration Forms and Information:
Virginia Exemption Application for Charitable or Civic Organization (Form 100)
Registration Statement for a Charitable Organization (Form 102)
Professional Fundraising Registration (Form 103)
Professional Solicitor Registration (Form 104)
Professional Solicitor Bond Template (Form 105)
Solicitation Notice (Form 120)
Consent to Solicit (Form 121)
Professional Solicitor’s Final Accounting Report Late Fees (Form 130)
Schedule A – Accounting For All Ticket Sales, Including Solicitation for Donated Tickets (Form 131)
Commitment for Receipt of Donated Tickets (Form 132)
Rules Governing the Solicitation of Contributions
Unified Registration Statement: This form may be utilized by charitable organizations soliciting in multiple states.
Charitable Solicitation Complaint Form

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Credit Services Businesses

The Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is responsible for the administration of the Virginia Credit Services Businesses Act (VCSBA). “Credit services business" means any person who, with respect to the extension of credit by others, sells, provides, or performs, or represents that such person can or will sell, provide, or perform, any of the following services in return for the payment of money or other valuable consideration:

  1. Improving a consumer's credit record, history, or rating;
  2. Obtaining an extension of credit for a consumer; or
  3. Providing advice or assistance to a consumer with regard to either subdivision 1 or 2 herein.

It is unlawful for any credit services business to offer, advertise, or execute or cause to be executed by a consumer any contract in this Commonwealth unless the credit services business at the time of the offer, advertisement, sale or execution of a contract has been properly registered with the OCRP.  Any nonprofit organization exempt from taxation under § 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 501 (c) (3)); is not included in the requirements of the VCSBA.

Before entering into a contract with a credit services business, it is advisable to verify the registration status of the business with OCRP.

Credit Services Business Registration Forms and Information:
Credit Services Business Registration Form (OCRP-71)  
Credit Services Business Bond Template (OCRP-74)
Credit Services Business Irrevocable Letter of Credit Template (OCRP-73)
OCRP Regulatory Programs Complaint Form

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Extended Service Contract Providers

The Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is responsible for the administration of the Virginia Extended Service Contract Act. It is unlawful for any extended service contract provider to offer, advertise, or execute or cause to be executed by the purchaser any extended service contract for a consumer product in this Commonwealth unless the obligor at the time of the solicitation, offer, advertisement, sale, or execution of a contract has been properly registered with the OCRP. 

An “Extended service contract" is a written contract or agreement for a specific duration in return for the payment of a segregated charge by the purchaser to perform the repair or replacement of any consumer product, including a motor vehicle, or indemnification for repair or replacement, for the operational or structural failure of any consumer product, including a motor vehicle, due to a defect in materials, workmanship, inherent defect, or normal wear and tear, with or without additional provisions for incidental payment of indemnity under limited circumstances, including, but not limited to, towing, rental, and emergency road service and road hazard protection. Extended service contracts may provide for the repair or replacement of any consumer product for damage resulting from power surges or interruption or accidental damage from handling.

"Extended service contract provider" is any person or entity other than a public service corporation supervised by the State Corporation Commission, who is the original manufacturer or seller and who solicits, offers, advertises, or executes extended service contracts.

Before entering into an extended service contract, it is advisable to verify the registration status of the business with OCRP.

Extended Service Contract Registration Forms and Information:
Extended Service Contract Provider/Obligor Application for Registration (OCRP-61)
Extended Service Contract Letter of Credit Template (OCRP-63)
Extended Service Contract Provider/Obligor Bond Template (OCRP-64)
OCRP Regulatory Programs Complaint Form

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Health Clubs

The Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is responsible for the administration of the Virginia Health Club Act. "Health club" means any person, firm, corporation, organization, club or association whose primary purpose is to engage in the sale of memberships in a program consisting primarily of physical exercise with exercise machines or devices, or whose primary purpose is to engage in the sale of the right or privilege to use exercise machines or devices. It is unlawful for any health club to offer, advertise, or execute or cause to be executed by the buyer any health club contract in this Commonwealth unless each facility of the health club has been properly registered with the OCRP at the time of the offer, advertisement, sale or execution of a health club contract.  Health clubs that sell “bondable contracts” (contracts where the club accepts any moneys in excess of the prorated monthly fee for the month when the contract is initially executed plus one month's fees or accepts any initiation fee in excess of $125) are required to file surety with OCRP. 

Before entering into a contract with a health club, it is advisable to verify the registration and bond status of the club with OCRP.

Health Club Registration Forms and Information:
Health Club Registration (OCRP-31)
Health Club Bond Template (OCRP-34)
Health Club Letter of Credit Template (OCRP-33)
Health Club Contract Requirements
OCRP Regulatory Programs Complaint Form

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Membership Campgrounds

The Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is responsible for the administration of the Virginia Membership Camping Act.  It is unlawful for any membership camping operator to offer to sell any membership camping contract in this Commonwealth unless he is registered with the Commissioner.

Before entering into a contract with a membership campground, it is advisable to verify the registration status of the campground with OCRP.

Membership Campground Registration Forms and Information:
Application for the Registration of Membership Camping Operator (OCRP-51)
Membership Campground Letter of Credit Template (OCRP-53)
Membership Campground Operator's Bond Template (OCRP-54)
OCRP Regulatory Programs Complaint Form

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Prepaid Legal Service Plan Sellers

The Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is responsible for the administration of the Virginia Prepaid Legal Services Plan Act.  It is unlawful for any legal services plan seller to offer, advertise, or execute, or cause to be executed by the subscriber, any subscription contract in the Commonwealth unless the legal services plan seller at the time of the offer, advertisement, sale, or execution of a subscription contract has been properly registered with OCRP.

The registration process for sellers of prepaid legal services plans is an online application and can be accessed by clicking here.

Registered sellers RENEWING their registration may access the renewal application by clicking here .

Legal Service Plan Seller Registration Search - Use this search to determine whether a seller of prepaid legal service plans is registered with OCRP.   For additional information or verification, contact OCRP.

OCRP Regulatory Programs Complaint Form
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Transporters of Waste Kitchen Grease

Transporters of waste kitchen grease are required to submit an application for registration to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services not less than 30 days before such transportation, pursuant to §3.2-5508 et seq., Code of Virginia, regarding waste kitchen grease.  The Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is responsible for the administration of this code section.

The process for registration and determining applicability of the requirements can be accessed by clicking here.

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Travel Clubs

The Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is responsible for the administration of the Virginia Travel Club Act.  A “travel club" is a for-profit organization that provides, in return for either an advance fee for membership or an annual charge for membership of more than $100, the privilege for its members or participants to arrange or obtain future travel services through or from the organization.  It is unlawful for any travel club to offer or cause to be executed in this Commonwealth by the purchaser any travel services agreement unless such travel club at the time of such offering, or execution thereof, has been properly registered with OCRP.

Before entering into a contract with a travel club, it is advisable to verify the registration status of the club with OCRP.

Travel Club Registration Forms and Information:
Additional Travel Club Registration Guidelines (OCRP-23)
Application for Registration of a Travel Club (OCRP-21)
Travel Club Bond Template (OCRP-24)
Travel Club Irrevocable Letter of Credit Template (OCRP-26)
Travel Club Fidelity Bond Template (OCRP 25)
OCRP Regulatory Programs Complaint Form

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The security of your personal information is important to us!  Please keep the following security issues in mind when transacting business with VDACS:
  • Changing a password is quick and painless compared to the expensive process of combating identity theft.  We will do everything we can to protect your information, but recommend that you change your password at least every 90 days.
  • Diligent efforts are made to ensure the security of Commonwealth systems.  Before you use this web site to conduct business with VDACS, please ensure your personal computer is not infected with malicious code that collects your personal information. This code is referred to as a keylogger.  To protect against this, maintain current Anti-Virus and security patches.
  • Fax and email are not secure ways to send personal information to VDACS.  We strongly encourage you to not use either of these methods when sharing personal or financial information.

    For more information on protecting your personal information online, refer to Guide to Online Protection.

    Online Protection Glossary
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