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ESO Certification

“Employment services organization” means an organization that provides community-based employment services to individuals with disabilities that is an approved Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited vendor of the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.


To apply for ESO Certification, you will need:

  • Copy of Certification letter or Certificate from Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
  • Copy of Certification letter or Certificate from CARF
  • Copy of IRS Form 990 of most current year
  • Copy of Organization By-laws
For Help Regarding the new Application Portal, see the Instructions .pdf below:

New Application Portal Instructions

You do not need to read all of the instructions document. Clicking on a section in the Table of Contents in the .pdf will take you directly to whichever relevant section you need. Here are the headings for sections relevant to this page:

  • Launch of the New Application Portal
  • Registering and Logging into the New Application Portal
  • I Need to Start the SWaM/DBE Application or Recertification Process for an Application that is Not Already in My Application Queue
  • ESO Certification

Click on the link below to go to the Application Portal:

101 N. 14th Street, 11th Floor Richmond, VA 23219
1(804) 786-6585
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