Service of process, substituted; served on registered agent of a corporation. (SB241)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Service of process on domestic corporations. Allows process on a Virginia corporation to be served on its registered agent by posting a copy of the process on the front door or main entrance of the corporation's registered office. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100877D
01/06/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2016Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2016Committee substitute printed 16104438D-S1
01/19/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2016Read second time
01/20/2016Reading of substitute waived
01/20/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104438D-S1
01/20/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB241S1
01/21/2016Read third time and passed Senate (26-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2016Placed on Calendar
02/03/2016Read first time
02/03/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2016Assigned App. sub: Civil Law
02/16/2016Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/22/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
02/24/2016Reported from Courts of Justice (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2016Read second time
02/26/2016Read third time
02/26/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/26/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB241ER)
02/29/2016Signed by Speaker
03/03/2016Signed by President
03/04/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/4/16
03/04/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 11, 2016
03/07/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 270 (effective 7/1/16)


John L. Hughes, III writes:

I think this is a great bill and a useful revision to 8.01-299 that would solve a big issue in serving registered agents who list their residence as their registered office. In my experience, many of these registered agents are the business owners themselves, many of whom are contractors, who work outside of their home all day when service would normally be attempted. This bill offers potential monetary and resource savings to the sheriff's departments and private process servers (and the firms that hire them) by not requiring multiple attempts on the registered agent to obtain personal service.