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Code of Virginia
Title 57. Religious and Charitable Matters; Cemeteries
Chapter 5. Solicitation of Contributions

§ 57-51. Nonresident registration.

A. Any unregistered charitable organization, professional fund-raising counsel, or professional solicitor, having his or its principal place of business outside of the Commonwealth or organized under and by virtue of the laws of a foreign state who or which shall solicit contributions from people in the Commonwealth, shall be deemed to have irrevocably appointed the Secretary of the Commonwealth as his or its agent upon whom may be served any summons, subpoena, subpoena duces tecum, or other process directed to such charitable organization, or any partner, principal, officer, or director thereof or to such professional fund-raising counsel or professional solicitor. Service shall be made by leaving two copies of the process, notice, order, or demand, together with any fee required by law, in the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, together with an affidavit giving the last known post-office address of the defendant and such service shall be sufficient if notice of such service and a copy of the process, notice, order, or demand are forthwith sent by registered mail, with return receipt requested, by the Secretary of the Commonwealth or one of his staff to the defendant at the specified address. An affidavit by the Secretary of the Commonwealth showing compliance herewith shall be filed with the papers in the suit, action, or proceeding.

B. Any charitable organization, having no office or place of business within the Commonwealth and soliciting in the Commonwealth from outside of the Commonwealth solely by email, telephone or telegraph, direct mail, or advertising in national media, and any professional fund-raising counsel or professional solicitor engaged by such an organization, shall file with the Commissioner any report that would otherwise be required of it or request the Commissioner to determine that such organization is exempt under § 57-50 or 57-60.

1974, c. 574; 1979, c. 595; 1984, c. 268; 2023, c. 289.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.