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Commonwealth Banner


The Web Site Topic Report requires that Executive Branch agencies place the black bar containing the Commonwealth Banner at the top of each webpage. This banner is designed to provide a common tool for citizens unfamiliar with the structure of Virginia government.

Many other Virginia government entities which are not required to use the banner do so, in recognition of its citizen benefits. Any state government entity can freely use this tool.

Agencies are requested to implement the updated version of the banner by March 15, 2013.

The Commonwealth Banner has been updated with the following revisions:

  1. The "Online Services" and "Help" links have been removed (as per the revised Web Site Topic Report to avoid confusion between portal services/help and agency-specific services/help).

  2. Links to portal pages have been updated to go to the new portal pages (instead of to old URLs that are being temporarily redirected).

Linking to the Commonwealth Banner


You can find the HTML link to the CSS source file below:

Add the above HTML link in the head tag of your website.

(Note the CSS has changed with the new 2013 WSTR revision. Please link to the new CSS file above.")


You can find the HTML source code below:

Add the above HTML block below the body tag in your website template.

Local Copy of the Commonwealth Banner

Commonwealth Banner Resources

You may also put a copy of the Commonwealth Banner on your websites server.

Download the Commonwealth Banner resource zip file

  1. Place the images in the sites images folder
  2. Open the Common_Banner.css file and update the two background url properties to reference the images in your site image folder
  3. Place the CSS file in the site CSS folder
  4. Open the Common_Banner.htm file to get the HTML and CSS link
  5. Place the HTML in your template
  6. Place the CSS link tag in your site head tag and update the href to reference the CSS file in your site CSS folder



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