Professional licenses at your fingertips.

Virginia’s DPOR transforms professional credentialing.



DPOR now offers digital versions of individual licenses.

Professional licenses and credentials issued by Virginia’s DPOR are now made digital and powered by Merit.


Streamlining workforce licensing.

DPOR has streamlined individual professional licensing across Virginia. As legislated in the 2019 Session of the General Assembly,* DPOR has partnered with online credentialing service Merit to drive innovation, digital transformation, and efficiency for all. Merit powers all DPOR-licensed professionals’ digital licenses and credentials in their online platform that is accessible, verifiable, and free of charge. Individual licenses are issued and used the same way, but now made more available with a few taps on a smartphone or web browser. Organizations and the public can efficiently check the digital credentials of licensed professionals to give them confidence in the credibility of these digital licenses.

*Paragraph D of Item 119 of the 2018-2020 Appropriations Act


Organizations within DPOR issue licenses/credentials in the form of digital merits to all regulants.


Regulants collect licenses/credentials from DPOR organizations they interact with via an email sent by


Verifiers check licenses/credentials via a smartphone or web browser.

“Electronic credentials will help cut red tape and modernize what is currently an antiquated system. The innovative use of technology by a state agency to streamline and enhance its services to Virginia’s citizens, consumers, workers, and industry is one of the reasons why our Commonwealth is the best place for business.”
Ralph Northam
Governor of Virginia
“Our joint partnership between the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and Merit will provide a consistent, efficient platform for licensed professionals across the Commonwealth to use their hard-earned credentials. In doing so, we’re empowering Virginia’s strong and competent workforce. Thanks to this collaboration, clients and employers can have full confidence in the DPOR-regulated workers they interact with.”
Mary Broz-Vaughan, Director, Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Mary Broz-Vaughan
Director, Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
“This partnership is the beginnings of an infrastructure that will help ensure that people with the right skills find the right jobs. We have more than 83,000 contractors in Virginia who need licenses. This new system will make licensing easier for everyone involved, and will allow workers to spend less time navigating a complex paperwork process and more time focusing on the careers that they love.”
M. Craig Toalson
CEO, Home Builders Association of Virginia
“The demands on today’s workforce are rapidly changing, and we need state governments to be as dynamic as the economy is. This partnership between Virginia and Merit will empower workers to track and maintain their licenses as part of a networked economy of credentialed professionals.”
Tomer Kagan
CEO of Merit

Merit for Virginia architects, cosmetologists, real estate agents, and more.

Merit is working with DPOR to bring the benefits of merits to state-licensed workers. Dozens of major professions, including architects, real estate agents, cosmetologists, tradesmen, contractors, and more require state licensing to do their jobs.


Empowering a workforce.

With Merit, these workers’ licenses reflect a legal ability to carry out their professions via verified, digital merits. With Merit's secure platform, licenses accessible and verifiable by all, especially those who are interested in enlisting these services. Other benefits include the abilities to stymie fraud and analyze how credentials are being used, verified, and checked.


The growing need for license transformation.


There is an immense range of industries and entities where Merit can transform how people’s skills are officially recognized and verified. 

In the 1950s, approximately 5% of U.S. workers had an occupational license, meaning they completed additional schooling or training (and paid the necessary fees) and passed an exam to be licensed to practice the profession in a certain state. 

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 23% of full-time workers have a license. Nationally, 37 million people need licenses or certifications to do their jobs today and that number is rapidly increasing. 

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