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 Business and Licensing

Welcome to the Business and Licensing Division.  This is a diverse section within the Secretary of State's Office offering a wide variety of information and services.  For your convenience, this information has been categorized.  Register your business online at www.business4wv.com. For specific information, click one of the links below.  If you have any problem finding what you are looking for, please contact us at (304) 558-8000, toll free (866) 767-8683 or e-mail at business@wvsos.gov.

Note: A person must be at least 18 years of age to start a business in West Virginia (see WV Code sections 2-2-10, 55-1-1, and 56-4-9). 

The West Virginia Guide to Business Start-Up is designed to answer many of the questions you may have when registering your business in West Virginia and to make the registration process as simple as possible. Click on the link above to download and print the guide for your convenient reference as you proceed through the registration process.


Veteran Owned Business Waiver (Boots To Business)
West Virginia Secretary of State encourages veterans to succeed in the transition from military service to private business ownership. Visit our Veteran Owned Business page 
to take advantage of the incentives available to veterans who are considering registering their veteran-owned business or wish to bring their out-of-state veteran-owned business into West Virginia. There are also valuable veteran resource links available here.


Business and Licensing


West Virginia Laws for Business and Licensing Code Book

Download the West Virginia Business & Licensing Code Book Purchase Request (form CBPR) to request a copy of the current year's Code Book.



Register your business online at www.business4wv.com.