• Fair Housing Board

    The Fair Housing Board administers and enforces national and state fair housing laws. The laws prohibit housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, familial status (families with children under age 18), or “elderliness” (age 55 or older). The Board investigates housing discrimination through the Virginia Fair Housing Office, and oversees an education-based certification program for housing providers.

    The General Assembly established the 12-member Fair Housing Board in 2003. The Real Estate Board remains responsible for fair housing cases involving real estate licensees or their employees.

    Board Office  (804) 367-0115
    FAX  (866) 826-8863
    Board Email  FHCertification@dpor.virginia.gov  
  • Forms & Applications

    • Go to: Most Requested Forms (address change, criminal conviction reporting, certification request, etc.)

    Applicants must read and understand the Fair Housing Certification Regulations (PDF). Application fees are not refundable. 

    DPOR Boards only accept the most recent versions of the applications provided below. DPOR Boards are not responsible for processing delays associated with forms that do not conform to this requirement.

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    Laws & Regulations

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    Meetings & Minutes

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    The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to the board's meeting schedule, agendas, and past meeting minutes.

    Visit the Town Hall: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewboard.cfm?boardid=142&display=meetings 

    Education & Exams

    Applicants for certification must complete a training program approved by the Fair Housing Board.

    The Virginia Fair Housing Office provides training and outreach in support of its mandate to promote equal housing opportunities. Every year, staff travels throughout Virginia providing training to housing providers, housing consumers, and local and state officials. For more information, see Education & Exams under the Virginia Fair Housing Office topic.

    Training Resources

    News & Publications

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    View press release on 40th Anniversary of Virginia Fair Housing Law.

    Visit the Virginia Fair Housing Office page for more fair housing resources.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How do I contact the Board office? 
    2. When I call the Board office, will I be able to speak directly with a Board member? 
    3. Where can I get information about landlord-tenant issues? 
    4. I think I've been discriminated against. How do I go about filing a fair housing complaint? 
    5. I need to renew my certification, but I haven't received my renewal form. What do I need to do? 
    6. My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee? 
    7. I did not renew on time because I didn't receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my registration? 
    8. Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time? 
    9. My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board? 

    How do I contact the Board office?

    You may reach the Board office by phone at 804-367-0115, by FAX at 1-866-826-8863, or by e-mail at FHCertification@dpor.virginia.gov. Additionally, if you have information that you would like to mail to the Board, please send it to:
    Fair Housing Board
    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233

    When I call the Board office, will I be able to speak directly with a Board member?

    No. The Board members do not work in the Board office. They come into the Board offices for Board meetings and hearings, but are not here on a daily basis.

    Board office staff members can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Board office. Please do not contact Board members directly.

    Where can I get information about landlord-tenant issues?

    DPOR does not administer or enforce the Landlord-Tenant Act.

    The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development publishes a Landlord-Tenant Handbook (PDF).

    I think I've been discriminated against. How do I go about filing a fair housing complaint?

    If you think you have been discriminated against, or if you have questions about the fair housing laws, contact the Virginia Fair Housing Office.

    I need to renew my certification, but I haven't received my renewal form. What do I need to do?

    Send in the renewal fee, make checks payable to the Treasurer of Virginia, and include your certification number on your check. Mail this information to:
    Fair Housing Board
    Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233

    My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee?

    No. Board regulations provide a 30-day period after the expiration date in which a license may be renewed without penalty (therefore, your payment is actually 31 days late). Staff cannot waive the fee.

    Board regulations state that if the requirements for renewal of a license, including receipt of the fee by the board, are not complete within 30 days of the expiration date, a late fee is required.

    I did not renew on time because I didn't receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my registration?

    Yes. Board regulations state that failure to receive the renewal notice does not relieve the licensee of the obligation to renew.

    Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time?

    The date the application or renewal was received in the agency determines whether it is on time, not the postmark date. If the renewal fee is received after the due date, you will be required to pay the reinstatement fee. If the reinstatement fee is received after the due date, you will be required to reapply for licensure, meeting all current requirements.

    My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board?

    Complete, print, sign, and submit a Name/Address Change Form to the Board office. All address changes must be received by the Board in writing. When providing a post office box as the mailing address, it must be accompanied by the physical address.

    Fair Housing Board

    Board Executive Director

    Christine Martine

    Board Member Roster

    Erica Woods-Warrior
    Citizen Member
    Term ends June 30, 2017 
    Linda R. Melton
    Mortgage Lending Industry Representative
    Term ends June 30, 2018 
    Larry B. Murphy
    Contractor Representative Member
    Term ends June 30, 2018 
    John H. Crouse
    Architect Representative Member
    Term ends June 30, 2019 
    Linda Broady-Myers
    Disability Community Representative
    Term ends June 30, 2019 
    Robert W. Schaberg
    Residential Property Management Industry Representative
    Term ends June 30, 2018 
    Jim Ginnell | BOARD CHAIR
    Residential Property Management Industry Representative
    Term ends June 30, 2015 
    Myra Howard
    Property and Casualty Insurance Representative
    Term ends June 30, 2018 
    Andrew Reisinger | BOARD VICE-CHAIR
    Residential Land Lease Industry Representative
    Term ends June 30, 2018 
    Valerie L. T. Roth
    Citizen Member
    Term ends June 30, 2019 
    Stephen A. Northup
    Citizen Member
    Term ends June 30, 2019 
    Rosemary Wilson
    Local Government Representative
    Term ends June 30, 2017 

    Board members are appointed by the Governor. To learn more about the gubernatorial appointment process, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.  

    Military and Veterans Services

    DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.

    Active-duty military personnel and their spouses having served outside the U.S., as well as certain diplomatic service members and veterans, may be eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).

    Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (PDF). A temporary, non-renewable six-month license for certain military spouses licensed in another state who need more time to meet Virginia-specific requirements may also be an option. 

    For honorably discharged veterans, “substantially equivalent” military training, education, or experience may be credited toward certain license requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-118).In addition, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs may reimburse veterans for the cost of license or certification exams. See the VA Pamphlet 22-02-1 for more information.

    Available Online Services

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    Apply for a new certification

    • Individuals only 


    Address change

    • Individual Certificate (0632) 
    • Instructor Certificate (0631) 
    • Proprietary School (0211) 


    Renew a certification

    • Individual Certificate (0632) 
    • Instructor Certificate (0631) 
    • Proprietary School (0211)  


    Reinstate an expired certificate

    • Individuals only 

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