The integrin heterodimer CD49d/CD29 (a.k.a. Very Late Antigen-4, VLA-4) mediates cell-cell and cell-matrix interaction through the binding of its ligands VCAM-1 and fibronectin. VLA-4 can be present on the cell surface at different conformation states that affect the binding affinity for the ligands. In chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), higher VLA-4 levels, as determined by measuring the expression of CD49d chain by flow cytometry, have been demonstrated to associate with a worse prognosis, in keeping with the role of VLA-4 as key molecule favoring CLL cell localization in protective niches of bone marrow and lymph nodes. Given the emerging clinical relevance of VLA-4 evaluation in CLL, both in the setting of the conventional chemo-immunotherapy and the novel drugs targeting the BCR pathway, here we describe the flow cytometric approaches followed by us to quantify the CD49d expression levels and the VLA-4 activation status in CLL cells.