The Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Photo ID Card (also known as the Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager Certificate) is a photo ID issued by ORS Interactive which certifies that the holder has taken and passed a recognized Food Protection Manager’s Exam. It is recognized by Health Departments in Fairfax County, Arlington County, City of Alexandria, and other entities.
Prior to July 31, 2021, the NVCFM ID card was required in all establishments; after that date it is no longer legally required, but will still be accepted. All food-service establishments are still required to have a Certified Food Safety / Food Protection Manager in “immediate control” during all operating hours. Certified Food Protection Managers will still need to take and pass the Food Manager’s Exam, and may need to present the certificate from that exam to Health Inspectors, and may also be required to present a photo ID. The NVCFM ID card will continue to be recognized as a valid substitute for a paper exam certificate/photo ID. For complete details on current Food Safety / Food Protection requirements for your establishment, please contact your local Health Department.
There are two types of food managers certifications; STANDARD and LIMITED. Which one you get will depend on what kind of work you do.
Standard Food Managers certifications are required for most facilities which prepare and serve food (including most restaurants, bars, cafeterias, food trucks, bakeries, and food stands). Your must pass a recognized Food Protection Manager Certification Exam to get the Standard Food Manager Certification. All restaurants and foodservice establishments which are not classified as “Limited” by their local Health Department are required to have at least one person on premise at all times who holds a Standard Food Protection Manager’s Certification, and can produce either the original certificate or a NVCFM Photo ID card.
Limited Food Manager’s Cards are required for facilities defined as “those which typically serve hotdogs, prepackaged foods, or other types of food that are not potentially hazardous.” You must pass a Limited Food Protection Manager Certification Exam at the ORS Interactive office to get a Limited Food Manager Certification.
It is the responsibility of each person applying for a Standard Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card or a Limited Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card to know the correct classification of their establishment. Those who are uncertain of their establishment’s classification should contact their local Health Department before making application for a Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card.
Requirements for the STANDARD Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card
1: To acquire a Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card, it is necessary to take and pass an approved Certified Food Protection Manager’s Exam in a proctored testing environment. ORS Interactive offers the Servsafe food manager test for $109 (see here for details), although valid food manager certificates from Prometric, NRFSP, StateFoodSafety.com, AAA Food Safety, AlwaysFoodSafe and 360Training are also recognized..
2: If you tested at any other location than ORS Interactive, and have passed a recognized and approved certified food safety manager’s exam, including through ORS Interactive, you must bring your valid, original certificate into the ORS Interactive office, along with a valid, government-issued photo ID, and $40 (cash, credit card, and company check accepted). This can be done on a walk-in basis anytime the office is open.The address is:ORS Interactive3240 Wilson BlvdSuite 100Arlington VA 22201
3: Once you have brought the necessary materials, ORS Interactive will take your picture and issue your card immediately. Your card will be valid for five years from the date you passed the certified food managers exam.
Requirements for the LIMITED Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card
1: To acquire a LIMITED Northern Virginia Certified Food Manager (NVCFM) Card, it is necessary to take and pass the Limited Food Manager’s Exam. This can be done only at ORS Interactive, and no other tests will be accepted (see testing hours and details). You will need to bring a valid, government-issued photo ID, and $20 for the test (cash, credit card, and company check accepted).The address is:ORS Food Safety Training & Certification
400 N. Oak St.
American Legion Post 130
Falls Church, VA 22046
2: Once you have passed the Limited Food Manager’s Exam (with a score of 70% or higher) ORS Interactive will take your photo and issue your Limited NVCFM card for $40 (cash, credit card, and company check accepted).