The Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board offers guidance to the DPOR Director for regulation of promoters and events involving professional boxing, martial arts, and professional wrestling. The Advisory Board is composed of representatives of each discipline and two citizen members.

A Message From The Board

Important Changes in 2023 to  
Boxing, Martial Arts and Bare Knuckle Fighting Events 

This does not apply to wrestling events. 

The first change is that NO CASH will be taken at events.  We ask your cooperation in getting as many fighters, cutman/corners and managers licensed prior to noon the day before weigh-ins to ensure that these individuals are not incurring the additional $35 on site processing fee.  

The second change is that for 2023 events, promoters will be responsible for the cost of all officials, except locker room inspectors. The Board will continue to pay all official and board staff travel costs.  

For boxing and MMA, we typically have one ringside physician for eight or less bouts, two referees, three judges, and one timekeeper.  Nine or more bouts will require two ringside physicians.  Bare Knuckle events require additional doctors (no less than two ringside doctors and either a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant to stitch).   

The board will continue to pay for locker room inspectors to limit the financial impact to promoters as we have a minimum of five locker room inspectors per event and up to seven if we have female fighters on the card. 

The BMAW board will still schedule officials. The promoter will be notified one week prior to the event and will be required to bring checks made payable to the officials which they will give to the BMAW board staff or designee prior to the commencement of the event. The BMAW board staff will then distribute the checks to the officials.  If the promoter does not submit the checks to the BMAW staff or designee prior to the bell, the BMAW board staff will dismiss the officials.  


Fee structure is as follows: 
Doctor          $500 each 
Referee        $150 each 
Judges         $150 each  
Timekeeper   $135 each 

We look forward to working with you in 2023! 

Additional Notices

-  Application fees are not refundable and/or non-transferrable.

-  Cornermen, managers, and fighters who fail to submit their application AND $40 fee by noon the day before weigh-ins are subject to an additional $35 on-site processing fee. In effect since July 1, 2016 (see 2016 announcement), the administrative fee is charged the day of weigh-ins or the day of the event for licenses issued on-site to individuals who did not submit their application and regular fee by noon the day before weigh-ins. 

Amateur MMA Event Forms | Professional Event Forms

Attention Bare Knuckle Fighter Applicants:

If you are competing in Virginia, you will need to apply for a MMA National ID license (if you do not already have one) and a Virginia MMA license.  In addition, you will need to submit a physical and labs completed within 6 months of the event, and an eye exam within one year of the event.  

In order to avoid an additional $35.00 onsite fee, please submit your applications, as well as your corner, trainer and/or manager applications, before the day of weigh ins.  All applications received at weigh in or at the event will be charged an additional $35.00 plus the original application fee of $40.00 for a total of $75.00 due at the weigh in or event.
 


BEFORE YOU BEGIN . . .


Which application format is right for you? Tips on how to choose. 

AMATEUR MMA EVENT FORMS

  • For Sanctioning Organizations (not contestants or promoters)
Application for Sanctioning Organization Approval (v11/16/2021) Interactive Static
Experience Verification Form | Amateur Sanctioning Organization (v07/01/2016) Interactive Static


PROFESSIONAL EVENT FORMS (Boxing/Martial Arts)

  • Amateur boxing and amateur wrestling are exempt from licensing requirements. 
  • Cornermen, managers, and fighters who fail to submit their application AND $20 fee* by noon the day before weigh-ins are subject to an additional $35 on-site processing feeLearn more about policy effective July 1, 2016.
     

For Contestants and Other Pro Event Participants

Pro Boxer/Limited Boxer License Application (v04/25/2022)

  • Fighters who fail to submit their application AND $20 fee* by noon the day before weigh-ins are subject to an additional $35 on-site processing fee. Learn more about policy effective July 1, 2016.
Interactive Static
  • Spanish Version: Pro Boxer/Limited Boxer License Application (v04/25/2022) AND $20 fee* by noon the day before weigh-ins are subject to an additional $35 on-site processing fee. Learn more about policy effective July 1, 2016.
Interactive Static
Application for Boxer Federal ID Card  Interactive Static

Pro Martial Artist/Limited Martial Artist License Application   (v04/25/2022)

  • Fighters who fail to submit their application AND $20 fee* by noon the day before weigh-ins are subject to an additional $35 on-site processing fee. Learn more about policy effective July 1, 2016.
Interactive Static
Application for National MMA ID Card  Interactive Static

Pro Wrestler/Limited Wrestler License Application  (v04/25/2022)

  • Wrestler applications must be sent in a minimum of 10 business days prior to a Wrestling event. Applications received the week of an event are not guaranteed to be processed before the event and therefore the applicant would not be licensed to participate in that event.
Interactive Static

Trainer/Cutman/Second License Application (pro events)  (v04/25/2022)

  • Cornermen who fail to submit their application AND $20 fee* by noon the day before weigh-ins are subject to an additional $35 on-site processing feeLearn more about policy effective July 1, 2016.
Interactive Static

Manager License Application (pro events)     (v04/25/2022)

  • Managers who fail to submit their application AND $20 fee* by noon the day before weigh-ins are subject to an additional $35 on-site processing feeLearn more about policy effective July 1, 2016.
Interactive Static
Matchmaker License Application (pro events)  (v04/25/2022) Interactive Static

 


For Promoters

Promoter License Application (v04/25/2022)
  • For professional boxers, martial artists, and wrestlers
Interactive  Static 
Professional EVENT Application - Boxing/Martial Arts Event
  • Not for pro wrestling events
  • Amateur boxing events are exempt from licensing requirements. 
  • Cornermen, managers, and fighters who fail to submit their application AND $20 fee* by noon the day before weigh-ins are subject to an additional $35 on-site processing feeLearn more about policy effective July 1, 2016.
Interactive  Static 
Professional EVENT Application - Wrestling Event
  • Not for pro boxing/martial arts events
  • Amateur wrestling events are exempt from licensing requirements. 
Interactive  Static 
Cash Bond Form for Professional Event  Interactive  Static 
Surety Bond Form for Professional Event  Interactive  Static 
Gate Fee Report Form  Interactive  Static 
Payout Report Form  Interactive  Static 
Proposed Bout Card for Pro BOXING/MARTIAL ARTS Event
  • Additions/subtractions/deletions
  • Not for pro wrestling event
Interactive  Static 
Proposed Bout Card for Pro WRESTLING Event
  • Additions/subtractions/deletions
  • Not for professional boxing/martial arts event
Interactive  Static 

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The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to DPOR board meeting schedules, agenda, and past meeting minutes.

  • NOTE: DPOR Advisory Boards (e.g. Boxing, Martial Arts & Pro Wrestling and Polygraph Examiners) are grouped under one listing on the Town Hall website.

Visit the Town Hallhttps://townhall.virginia.gov/L/Meetings.cfm?BoardID=70

 

The Boxing, Martial Arts,
and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board FAQS

 

Boxing FAQS
 

1. How do I contact the Advisory Board office?

   You may reach the Board office by phone at 804-367-0186, by FAX at (877) 264-8691, or by e-mail at boxing@dpor.virginia.gov. Additionally, if you have information that you would like to mail to the Advisory Board, please send it to:

Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233

 

2. Will I be able to speak directly with a Board member?

   No, the Advisory Board members do not work in the Advisory Board office, however, the Advisory Board staff members can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Board office. Please do not contact an Advisory Board member directly.

 

3. Can I renew my boxing license and what is the cost of a boxing license?

   No. boxing licenses are not renewable. Every year you have to re-apply. The cost of the boxing license is $40 (see 18VAC120-40-50 A for additional information). If the application and fee are not received two days prior to weigh-ins, a $35 administrative fee is added.

 

4. What are the qualifications for licensure?

   In addition to 18VAC120-40-70, applicants must also meet the requirements in 18VAC120-40-80 and 18VAC120-40-85 All applicants must disclose information about prior disciplinary actions or criminal convictions. (Criminal history is not a barrier to licensure, but must be  considered in accordance with Section § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia.)

 

5. When does my boxing license expire?

   Your boxing license expires on December 31 st of each year. If the boxing license is purchased within 45 days prior to December 31 it will not expire until December 31 st of the following year (for additional information please see 18VAC120-40-40.)

 

6. How long before my license will be issued?

   Your license is usually issued within 4-10 business days of receiving your application. You can check on the status of your license on License Lookup.


7. Do I need to register with the national record keeper and how do I obtain my Federal Identification Card?

   Yes, to register, contact the Advisory Board at 804-367-0186 and schedule an appointment. On the day of your appointment you will be required to bring a driver’s license, your SSN card, your amateur passbook, or a letter from your trainer stating your capabilities and training to participate as a professional fighter, a bill or document with your current name and address, two passport photos, and a credit card, check, cash or money order for $40.

 

8. How do I obtain an open date for an event? At what point will I be able to begin advertising my event?

   Once you are licensed as a promoter, you may check Upcoming Pro Events, to check on dates that have already been taken before submitting the event application. No dates are held unless a completed application and fee is submitted. You may not advertise your event until your completed application and fee have been received and approved by the Advisory Board.

 

9. Can a promoter be the matchmaker for his own event?

   Yes, a promoter must have a matchmaker license to match the event, if the promoter is using fighters that they manage, a separate matchmaker must make these bouts. To apply for a matchmaker license, the individual must submit the application and fee, along with a statement that the applicant does not employ and does not otherwise have a financial interest in, or commercial connection to, any boxer, manager, trainer, or second, except that which may be necessary to arrange a fighter's participation in a specific event.

 

Martial Arts FAQS


1. How do I contact the Advisory Board office?

You may reach the Board office by phone at 804-367-0186, by FAX at (877) 264-8691, or by e-mail at boxing@dpor.virginia.gov. Additionally, if you have information that you would like to mail to the Advisory Board, please send it to:

Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233

 

2. Will I be able to speak directly with a Board member?

No. The Advisory Board members do not work in the Advisory Board office; however, the Advisory Board staff members can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Board office.

Please do not contact any Advisory Board member directly.

 

3. Can I renew my martial artist license and what is the cost of a martial artist license?

No. There is no renewal of a martial artist license, every year you have to re-apply. The cost of the martial artist license is $40 (see 18VAC120-40-40 and 18VAC120-40-50 for additional information). If your application and fee is not received two days prior to weigh-ins, a $35 administrative fee is added.
 

4. What are the qualifications for licensure?

In addition to 18VAC120-40-70, applicants must also meet the requirements in 18VAC120-40-80 and 18VAC120-40-85 All applicants must disclose information about prior disciplinary actions or criminal convictions on the Disciplinary Action Reporting Form or the Criminal Conviction Reporting Form. (Criminal history is not a barrier to licensure, but must be considered in accordance with Section §54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia.)

 

5. When does my martial artist license expire?

Your martial artist license expires on December 31st of each year. If the martial artist license is purchased within 45 days prior to December 31st it will not expire until December 31st of the following year. For additional information please see 18VAC120-40-40.

 

6. How long before my license will be issued?

Your license is usually issued within 4-10 business days of receiving your application. You can check on the status of your license on DPOR's License Lookup.

 

7. Do I need to register with the national record keeper and how do I obtain my Federal Identification Card?

Yes. To register and obtain your Federal Identification Card, you must complete and submit the Federal Identification Card Application, required documents and $40 fee mailing it via United States Postal Service to:

Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233

Or faxing it directly to our Finance Department: 877-340-9616. A Credit Card Payment Form should be submitted when faxing.

Your application must include a copy of your Virginia driver’s license, social security card or passport book, amateur passbook or a letter from your trainer stating your capabilities and training to participate as a professional fighter, utility bill or document with your name and current address, and two passport photos.

 

8. How do I obtain an open date for an event? At what point will I be able to begin advertising my event?

Once you are licensed as a promoter, you may check Upcoming Events Listing on the DPOR website, to check on dates that have already been taken before submitting the event application. No dates are held unless a completed application and fee(s) are submitted.
 

You may not advertise your event until your completed application and fee(s)  have been received and approved by the Advisory Board.

 

9. Can a promoter be the matchmaker for his own event?

Yes, a promoter must have a matchmaker license to match the event, if the promoter is using fighters that they manage, a separate matchmaker must make these bouts. To apply for a matchmaker license, the individual must submit the application and fee, along with a statement that the applicant does not employ and does not otherwise have a financial interest in, or commercial connection to, any martial artist, manager, trainer, or second, except that which may be necessary to arrange a fighter's participation in a specific event.

 

10. Do amateur martial arts events have to be registered with the national recordkeeper?

Yes, it is the responsibility of the sanctioning body to make sure the promoters have the event properly registered with the national record keeper (for more information contact mixedmartialarts.com).

 

11. Do I need an event license to promote an amateur event?

The Advisory Board does not handle amateur events. Amateur events, promoters, fighters, trainers, cut men, and cornermen are handled by an approved amateur sanctioning organization. For additional information click on Amateur Martial Arts - Approved Sanctioning Organization on the website.

 

12. Are professional/amateur events held in Virginia?

Yes, but if a promoter wishes to have a pro-am event in Virginia, the Advisory Board only regulates the professional side of the event, the promoter has to contact an Amateur Martial Arts - Approved Sanctioning Organization to regulate the amateur side of the event.

 

Boxing, Martial Arts, and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board

Board Executive Director

Kathleen (Kate) R. Nosbisch

Board Administrator

Jermaine L. Gray

Member Roster

Advisory Board Member Roster

Charles Pinto

  • Citizen Member
  • First Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2026

Dr. Travis Lee

  • Representative of the Sport of Boxing
  • Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2026

Leah Jackman

  • Representative of the Sport of Martial Arts
  • Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2026

Dr. Daniel M. Hardy | Board Chair

  • Citizen Member
  • Second Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2024

Brandon T. Metheny

  • Representative of the Sport of Wrestling
  • First Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2026

Scott L. Howard | Board Vice-Chair

  • Representative of the Sport of Martial Arts
  • Second Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2024

Eric Irizarry

  • Representative of the Sport of Boxing
  • First Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2027

Advisory Board members are appointed by the DPOR Director. 

DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.

Active-duty military personnel and their spouses having served outside the U.S., as well as certain diplomatic service members and veterans, may be eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).

Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (Interactive | Static). A temporary, non-renewable 12-month license for certain military spouses licensed in another state who need more time to meet Virginia-specific requirements is also an option if necessary. [Section 54.1-119

  • Military spouses also can get help covering the costs of transferring their professional licenses or certifications when they experience a permanent-change-of-station move with their service member spouse

For honorably discharged veterans, “substantially equivalent” military training, education, or experience may be credited toward certain license requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-118). The Virginia Department of Veteran Services does not reimburse for exam costs. However, Veterans can be reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The link for the information is here: https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/how-to-use-benefits/test-fees.

Upcoming Events Listing

DPOR licenses promoters and participants involved in professional wrestling, boxing, and martial arts events. The list of upcoming events includes only approved, licensed, and professional events.

If an event is not listed, it has not been licensed by DPOR to take place. Events may not be advertised until approved and licensed by DPOR.

Mixed Martial Arts

      August 3, 2024,  Rocket Combat Sports 17, ACCA Shriners Center,  Richmond, VA

Boxing:       

       September 7, 2024,  Cujo Toe to Toe, Crosswhite Athletic Club, Lynchburg, VA

       December 14, 2024, Thai Championship Boxing 40, The Salisbury Center, Manassas, VA

Wrestling:           

      July 19, 2024, Pure Pro Wrestling, Skatetown, Danville, VA

      July 20, 2024, Pure Pro Wrestling, Kazim Shriners Center Building, Roanoke, VA

      July 20, 2024, Corporate Gimmicks Wrestling, Lilly of the Valley Development Center, Waverly, VA

      July 21, 2024, True Championship Wrestling, Strangeways Brewing, Fredericksburg, VA

      July 26, 2024, Classic Pro Wrestling, The Tickles Table, Ringgold, VA

      July 27, 2024, All Star Entertainment, New River Valley Fair, Dublin, VA

      July 27, 2024, Virginia Championship Wrestling, Norfolk Masonic Temple, Norfolk, VA

      August 3, 2024, National Independent Championship Wrestling, Cowboy Jim's Flea Market, Grundy, VA

      August 3, 2024, All Star Wrestling Entertainment, Tazwell County Fair, Tazewell, VA

      August 8, 2024, Micro Allstar Midget Wrestling, Eagles Nest Rockin Country Bar, Chespeake, VA

      August 9, 2024, All Star Entertainment Wrestling, Hillsville VFW, Hillsville, VA

      August 10, 2024, Pure Pro Wrestling, Franklin County Family YMCA, Rocky Mount, VA

      August 10, 2024, AllStar Wrestling Federation, Chincoteague Community Center, Chincoteague, VA

      August 14, 2024, All Elite Wrestling (AEW), Chartway Arena, Norfolk, VA

      August 17, 2024, All Star Wrestling, Salem Memorial Park, Salem, VA       

      September 6, 2024, RVA Pro Wrestling, The Diamond Richmond Squirrels, Richmond, VA.

      September 16, 2024, Micro Wrestling Federation, Seaside Raw Bar, Virginia Beach, VA

      September 24, 2024, Micro Wrestling Federation, Rai's Rendezvous, Ashburn, VA

      September 27, 2024, Micro Wrestling Federation, Backseat Events, Winchester, VA

      September 28, 2024, Bruiser Wrestling Federation, Five County Fair, Farmville, VA

      November 16, 2024, Classic Pro Wrestling, Augusta Expo, Fishersville, VA

Amateur martial arts/MMA must be conducted under an approved Amateur Sanctioning Organization. (Amateur boxing and amateur wrestling are not regulated.)

 

Amateur Martial Arts/MMA


  • Promoters, fighters, and other event participants in amateur martial arts/MMA must work through an approved Amateur Sanctioning Organization and comply with its standards and operations.
  • ALL amateur events MUST be pre-registered with the national database registry: Mixed Martial Arts LLCIt is the event promoter's responsibility and ongoing duty to register their events in advance directly with Mixed Martial Arts LLC online and pay any applicable fees.
  • Promoters may want to designate a member of an approved Amateur Sanctioning Organization as an authorized user of their account, for purposes of reviewing match-ups and suspensions.
  • State law prohibits DPOR from reporting fight results from amateur events conducted by a non-approved Sanctioning Organization to the official national database registry.

Approved Amateur Sanctioning Organizations   

 

United Combat Arts

2957 Reed Creek Dr.
Draper, VA 24324
www.unitedcombatfights.com Approval Expires:
Dec. 31, 2024

Global Combat Alliance

6415 Jahnke Rd.
Richmond, VA 23225

www.gcafights.com Approval Expires:
Dec. 31, 2024

Virginia Combat Sports Sanction

7612 Leeds Manor Rd.
Marshall, VA 20115

www.facebook.com/
Virginia-Combat-Sports-
Sanctioning-180829048641317
Approval Expires:
Dec. 31, 2024

World Championship Kickboxing Association (WKA USA)

8032-C West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23294

www.WKAUSA.com Approval Expires:
Dec. 31, 2024
 

United States Federation of Mixed Martial Arts

116 Pinecrest Rd
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660

www.gammausa.org Approval Expires:
Dec. 31, 2024
 

 

*Approved sanctioning organizations must file an annual report by Feb. 1, pursuant to subsection F of § 54.1-829.1.  

  • Use License Lookup for the most up-to-date credential verification.