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FAQS: Virginia Business License Requirements

Doing Business in Virginia - Business Licenses and Permits

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Question: Do I need a business license to start a home-based business in Virginia? It is all done on the Internet so do I still need a license?

Yes.

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires most businesses to obtain a license or permit that is issued by the Commonwealth and in many cases, other licenses of permits may also be required by your local government.

Even if you operate a business from home, you still need to license. Anytime you earn money there are two entities that always want to know: the federal government, and your state tax agency.

The following resources will help you determine your licensing requirements:

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