Power of attorney (POA) is a legal form that gives someone the authority to make financial, business, or medical decisions for another person if they need help managing their affairs.
The person giving power of attorney is the “principal” and the person who will act on their behalf is the “agent.”
There are several kinds of power of attorney, and each must comply with state laws. Find your free VA power of attorney form by type below.
Virginia Power of Attorney Documents
Virginia DMV Power of Attorney
With a department of motor vehicles (DMV) power of attorney, you may choose a trusted agent to handle vehicle-related transactions on your behalf.
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Virginia Power of Attorney for Minor Child
A parent can use a Virginia minor child power of attorney to appoint another person to assume parental responsibility for a child younger than 18 years.
How to Obtain Power of Attorney in Virginia
To set up a power of attorney, both the agent and principal fill out and sign a power of attorney form.
Virginia Uniform Power of Attorney Act 2010 regulates durable powers of attorney in Virginia. All the forms on this page comply with this chapter of the Code of Virginia.
Virginia POA Requirements
Your power of attorney must meet the following requirements in order to be valid in the Commonwealth of Virginia:
- The POA document must be in writing, and include the:
- signature of the principal
- name and contact information of the agent(s)
- date of the agreement
- powers granted
- when the powers begin and end
- signature of a notary public
To be valid in all states, your power of attorney must also be signed in the presence of two witnesses other than the agent or a family member; however, this is not essential within the state of Virginia.