Certificates of Existence or Certificates of Authorization

The Secretary of State can issue certificates of existence (domestic entities) or certificates of authorization (foreign entities) on companies which are registered, active and have filed annual reports.

A certificate of existence/authorization, commonly referred to as a certificate of "good standing," does not imply that the company has met all its obligations to the state, such as payments for Unemployment Compensation or Workers' Compensation, the State Tax Department, or that it is financially sound. Certificates cannot be issued for a company solely under a trade name (dba).

Order Certificates of Existence or Certificates of Authorization 

The Secretary of State issues certificates of existence (domestic entities) or certificates of authorization (foreign entities) for:

  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Business Trusts
  • Voluntary Associations

How to Order Certificates of Existence/Authorization

Online

Use the Order Certificate of Existence/Authorization application.

Payment Options: Credit Card

By Phone:

Call the West Virginia Secretary of State's Business and Licensing Division.
(304) 558-8000.

Payment Options: Credit Card

By Mail

Mail the completed Customer Order Request form to:

West Virginia Secretary of State
One Stop Business Center
Attn: Business Division
1615 Washington Street East
Charleston, WV 25311

Payment Options: Check, Credit Card, Money Order

In Person

Bring the completed Customer Order Request form to:

West Virginia Secretary of State
One Stop Business Center
1615 Washington Street East
Charleston, WV 25311

Payment Options: Cash, Check, Credit Card, Money Order

By Email

Email the completed Customer Order Request form to: corpfilings@wvsos.gov for Standard Processing or eFilings@wvsos.gov for expedite service.

Payment Options: Credit Card

By Fax

Fax the completed Customer Order Request form to (304) 558-8381

Payment Options: Credit Card

Fees

Payment must be received before certificates will be issued.

Standard Processing (5-10 business days)

$10.00

Expedite Service (In addition to Standard Processing Fee)

24 Hour - $25.00*

2 Hour - $250.00*

1 Hour - $500.00*


If we may be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us:  304.558.8000   toll free 866.767.8683  email:   Business@wvsos.gov