• Records & Documents

    The Information Management Section responds to requests for closed disciplinary case files, license transcripts (history of a license), and lists of regulants. All requests are processed in accordance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and DPOR's Release of Information Policy. Reporters visit our Media Inquiries page. 


    Requests may be e-mailed to the Information Management Section at PublicRecords@dpor.virginia.gov or faxed to (866) 254-0312. FOIA responses are mailed within five workdays of receipt of the request (however, a seven work day extension may be required for large information requests).


    In accordance with administration guidelines for executive branch agencies, DPOR distributes copies of the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (COIA) and Virginia Freedom of Information Act to its employees annually via electronic mail. Distribution each July ensures that state employees understand current state law governing conflicts of interest and release of information. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Public Records

    Where can I find Board meeting minutes?

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

    Why does DPOR charge fees to obtain public records?

    The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) is a non-general fund agency, meaning it is not supported by any tax dollars. DPOR is funded solely by fees and assessments paid by regulants. As a self-funded state agency, revenue from FOIA requests is credited to DPOR to offset the data preparation, materials mailing, and miscellaneous administrative costs associated with providing public records. Assessing reasonable charges for public records allows DPOR to maintain lower licensing and renewal fees for all regulants. Whenever feasible, however, DPOR provides requested documents in electronic format at no charge.

    To learn more about state law governing charges for public records, you may review the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

    Why does DPOR list addresses for regulants?

    The name and address of every individual and business licensed by DPOR are available for public disclosure. Use of a mailing address as an identification factor allows for verification of license status. Such verification is essential for meeting DPOR’s public protection responsibilities.

    For example, while dozens of individuals named “John Doe” may hold valid licenses, using an address allows verification of the specific license for “John Doe on Main Street in Richmond.”

    Every regulant’s Virginia-issued professional license number, name, license issue date, license expiration date, license classification (i.e., broker, salesperson), license status, and address of record are identification factors subject to public disclosure.

    How does DPOR protect personal information from disclosure?

    Department policy and state law prohibit general disclosure of social security numbers, bank or credit account numbers, and any other information that may cause harm or injury to an individual or business.

    To learn more about state law governing privacy protection, you may review the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act.

    How can I find out about complaints filed against a regulant?

    DPOR confirms the existence of open disciplinary cases only after an investigation has determined that sufficient evidence exists to establish probable cause of a violation. These open disciplinary cases are identified on the DPOR website using the "License Lookup" feature. However, no specific information concerning an individual or business under investigation by DPOR or under review by a regulatory board may be released until the case is closed.

    State law exempts open disciplinary investigations and files from public disclosure. Members of the public may review official records and obtain copies only after a complaint investigation is closed (Code of Virginia § 54.1-108).

    Closed complaints involving allegations of criminal activity are subject to disclosure, except when the release is likely to jeopardize an ongoing investigation or the safety of an individual, cause a suspect to flee or evade detection, or result in the destruction of evidence.

    Closed Disciplinary Files

    Disciplinary actions associated with closed cases (orders entered since April 1, 2002) are available online using License Lookup.

    Copies of closed disciplinary files are available for public review and disclosure. Closed files involving allegations of criminal activity are also subject to disclosure, except when the release is likely to jeopardize an ongoing investigation or the safety of an individual, cause a suspect to flee or evade detection, or result in the destruction of evidence.

    State law exempts open disciplinary investigations and files from public disclosure. Members of the public may review official records and obtain copies only after a regulatory investigation is closed (Code of Virginia § 54.1-108).


    Requests for closed files should be sent to the Information Management Section:

    Whenever feasible, DPOR provides closed files in electronic format at no charge. Otherwise, reasonable charges may be assessed by DPOR for research and photocopying ($0.25 per page for documents exceeding 40 pages).

    FOIA Rights & Responsibilities

    Your FOIA Rights | DPOR's FOIA Responsibilities | Costs | Common Exemptions 

    The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Title 2.2 of Chapter 37 of the Code of Virginia, guarantees (1) citizens of the Commonwealth and (2) representatives of the media with circulation in Virginia, access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.

    A public record is any writing or recording-–regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format--that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of, a public body or its officers, employees, or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.

    The purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. To further this objective, FOIA requires a liberal interpretation of the law, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.

    Your FOIA Rights

    As a citizen of Virginia, or representative of media with a circulation in Virginia, you have the right to request to inspect and/or receive copies of public records. You have the right to request that any charges for the requested records be estimated in advance.

    If you believe that your FOIA rights have been violated, you may file a petition in district or circuit court to compel compliance with FOIA.

    Making a Request for Records from DPOR

    • You may request records by U.S. Mail, fax, e-mail, in person, or by telephone. FOIA does not require that your request be in writing, nor do you need to specifically state that you are requesting records under FOIA.
    • From a practical perspective, it may be helpful to both you and the person receiving your request to put your request in writing. This allows you to create a record of your request. It also gives us a clear statement of what records you are requesting, so that there is no misunderstanding over a verbal request. However, DPOR cannot refuse to respond to your FOIA request if you do not put it in writing.
    • Your request must identify the records you are seeking with "reasonable specificity." This is a common-sense standard. It does not refer to or limit the volume or number of records that you are requesting. Instead, it requires that you be specific enough so that we can identify and locate the records that you are seeking.
    • Your request must ask for records or documents. FOIA gives you a right to inspect or copy records. It does not apply to asking general questions about the work of DPOR or its regulatory boards.
    • You may choose to receive electronic records in any format used by DPOR in the regular course of business. For example, if you are requesting records maintained in an Excel database, you may elect to receive those records electronically, via e-mail, or on a computer disk, or to receive a printed copy of those records.
    • If the Department has questions about your request, please cooperate with staff's efforts to clarify the type of records that you are seeking, or to attempt to reach a reasonable agreement about a response to a large request. Making a FOIA request is not an adversarial process, but DPOR may need to discuss your request with you to ensure a clear understanding of the request. 

    To request records from DPOR, you may direct your request or any questions about records to:
    Lexie Borkey, Records & FOIA Manager
    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    Perimeter Center, Suite 400
    9960 Mayland Drive
    Richmond, VA 23233
    Phone: 804-367-8583
    FAX: 866-254-0312

    publicrecords@dpor.virginia.gov 

    In addition, the Freedom of Information Advisory Council is available to answer any questions you may have about FOIA. The Council may be contacted by e-mail at FOIAcouncil@dls.virginia.gov, or by phone at (804) 225-3056 or toll-free 1-866-448-4100.

    DPOR's FOIA Responsibilities

    The Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation’s Responsibilities in Responding to Your Request

    DPOR must respond to your request within five working days of receiving it. "Day One" is considered the day after your request is received. The five-day period does not include weekends or holidays.

    The reason behind your request for public records from DPOR is not a consideration when responding to a record request, and the agency cannot require that the requestor provide an explanation for the request prior to releasing the records. FOIA does, however, allow the Department to ask you to provide your name and legal address to confirm that, as a citizen of the Commonwealth or representative of media, you are subject to the benefits of FOIA.

    FOIA requires that DPOR make one of the following responses to your request within the five-day period:

    • Provide the records that have been requested in their entirety.
    • Withhold all the requested records because the records are subject to a specific statutory exemption. If all of the records are withheld, DPOR will provide a written response identifying the volume and subject matter of the records and the specific section of the Code of Virginia that allows the Department to withhold the records.
    • Provide some of the requested records, but withhold other records. DPOR cannot withhold an entire record if only a portion of it is subject to an exemption. In that instance, DPOR may redact the portion of the record that may be withheld, provide the remainder of the record, and include a written response stating the specific section of the Code of Virginia that allows portions of the requested records to be withheld.

    If it is practically impossible for DPOR to respond to your request within the five-day period, the Department must state this in writing, explaining the conditions that make the response impossible, and request an additional seven working days to respond to the request.

    If you make a request for a very large number of records, and DPOR determines that it cannot provide the records to you within 12 days without disrupting other organizational responsibilities, DPOR may petition the court for additional time to respond to your request. However, FOIA requires that state agencies make a reasonable effort to reach an agreement with you concerning the production of the records before petitioning the court to ask for more time.

    Costs

    • You may have to pay for the records that you request from DPOR. FOIA allows state agencies to charge for the actual costs of responding to FOIA requests. Actual costs could include items such as staff time spent searching for the requested records, photocopying costs, or any other costs directly related to supplying the requested records. It cannot include general overhead costs.
    • If the cost of responding to your request is estimated at more than $200, DPOR may require payment of all or a portion of the estimated cost prior to proceeding with your request.
    • You may request an advance estimate of charges for supplying the requested records. This will allow you the opportunity to decide whether you want to modify your request in order to reduce the cost to you.
    • If you made a prior FOIA request that remains unpaid for more than 30 days, DPOR may require payment of that amount before a new request is processed.

    Commonly Used Exemptions

    The Code of Virginia allows any public body to withhold certain records from public disclosure. DPOR commonly withholds records subject to the following exemptions:

    • Applications for licensure or admission to examinations [§ 54.1-108(1) and (2) of the Code of Virginia] 
    • Records of active (open) investigations being conducted by DPOR or any board [§ 54.1-108(3)]
    • Personnel records [§ 2.2-3705.1(1)]
    • Records subject to attorney-client privilege or attorney work product [§ 2.2-3705.1(2) and (3)]
    • Vendor proprietary information [§ 2.2-3705.1(6)]
    • Records relating to the negotiation and award of a contract, prior to a contract being awarded [§ 2.2-3705.1(12)]

    Regulant Lists

    Every regulant’s Virginia-issued professional license number, name, license issue date, license expiration date, license classification (i.e., broker, salesperson), license status, and address of record are identification factors subject to public disclosure.

    DPOR policy and state law prohibit general disclosure of social security numbers, bank or credit account numbers, and any other information that may cause harm or injury to an individual or business.

    To obtain a list of regulants by license type (i.e., all licensed contractors), email PublicRecords@dpor.virginia.gov or fax a request to (866) 254-0312. Regulant lists are provided free of charge in electronic format.

    Fees for Records

    Reasonable charges will be assessed by DPOR for photocopying and research. Whenever feasible, the Information Management Section will provide requested documents in electronic format at no charge. Otherwise, the following fees may apply:

    Closed Complaint Files

    Photocopies $0.25 per page for documents exceeding 40 pages

    License Transcripts

    $40.00