Section 2.2-4103.1 of the Code of Virginia requires annual publication in the Virginia Register of guidance document lists from state agencies. A guidance document is defined as "...any document developed by a state agency or staff that provides information or guidance of general applicability to the staff or public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations..." Agencies are required to maintain a complete, current list of all guidance documents and make the full text of such documents available to the public.

This information is collected and published once each year. Please contact the appropriate agency directly for the most up-to-date information. Questions concerning documents or requests for copies of documents should be directed to the contact person listed by the agency.

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Copies of the following document may be viewed during regular work days from 8:15 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. in the office of the Virginia State Bar at 1111 East Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219. Copies may be obtained free of charge by contacting Cynthia Williams at the same address, telephone (804) 775-0530, or email

Questions regarding interpretation of the document may be directed to James McCauley, Ethics Counsel, Virginia State Bar, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 775-0565, or email

Guidance Document:

Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Guidelines, issued June 1997, revised October 2010, 15VAC5-80

Updated 2/18/19