When an out-of-state (foreign) company's registered name in its home state of formation is not available for use in West Virginia, the business must register a "forced DBA (doing business as) name.”
It must submit, as part of its initial business registration with Secretary of State, a forced DBA name letter of resolution, drafted on company letterhead and approved by the officers of the business, authorizing use of the forced DBA name in West Virginia. View a sample forced DBA name letter of resolution.
The name may not be available for a number of reasons, including:
For further assistance filing a “forced DBA name” for a foreign entity, contact the Business Division.
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