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Important Notice to all Business & Licensing Filers from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office
All WV Secretary of State’s Offices are continuing to perform and process all Business & Licensing functions in an timely fashion, providing a similar customer experience prior to implementing the COVID-19 precautions.
Almost all business filings can be done online through the WVSOS business portal –
www.business4wv.com. The online process is quick, efficient and secure. Many online business filings are processed immediately and the other filings take less than a few days to complete. Expedited services are available for those that need documents processed in a hurry.
If assistance is needed, please contact one of Business and Licensing staff at 304-558-8000 to assist in any of the online processes. If a specific filing unavailable online, we are still accepting and processing mail.
Our Licensing customers such as notary commissions, apostille, marriage celebrants, athlete agents, scrap metal dealers and trademarks may file online through the new
Online Licensing System at
Service of Process can be mailed to:
WV Secretary of State’s OfficeState Capitol BuildingCharleston, WV 25305
Special Message for Medical Cannabis Organizations
If you or your organization is approved by West Virginia DHHR to conduct business under the Medical Cannabis Act, you must submit all required documents in hard-copy format via U.S. Mail to: WV One Stop Business Center – 1615 Washington St. East, Charleston WV 2531, or in-person at one of the Secretary of State’s Office locations in either Charleston, Clarksburg or Martinsburg. Payment for fees may only be made via check.
Please note that any organization approved for operation under the Medical Cannabis Act is currently prohibited from utilizing any online document filing or online payment options due to certain federal restrictions on the State’s banking systems.
For more information, to locate the proper forms or additional instructions, please contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 304-558-8000.
Notary Public commissions are issued by Secretary of State. Start the process here to apply for a Notary Public commission to notarize documents in West Virginia.
E-Notarization is a relatively new method of notarizing documents now available.
Learn more about notary public commissioning here.
Any person or group of people performing investigative or security guard functions in the state are required to be licensed through Secretary of State.
This office maintains a
registry of all state licensed private investigators and security guards.
Learn more about
Private Investigator and Security Guard licensing in the section below.
Commissioner for West Virginia appointments are issued by Secretary of State. Start the process here to apply for an appointment as a Commissioner for West Virginia to acknowledge signatures performed in or out of the state by persons residing in or out of this state covering deeds, leases and other writings pertaining to West Virginia property for recording in West Virginia.
Applying for Notary Commission
Forms and Fees
Search Commissioned Notaries
Surety Bond Form
Registering a Mark
Register a Trademark or Service Mark
Trademark/Service Mark Definitions & Restrictions
Other Trademark Filings
Search Registered Marks
Applying for Commissioner for WV
Commissioner Forms and Fees
Commissioner Making Changes
Commissioner Practices & Procedures
Search Appointed Commissioners
Marriage Celebrant Registration
Search Marriage Celebrant Licensees
Credit Service Organizations
Purchasers of Future Payments
Consumer Litigation Financing
Athlete Agent Registration
Search Athlete Agent Licensees
Search Scrap Metal Dealers
Search Licensing Forms
Ordering and Payment
If we may be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us: 304.558.8000 toll free 866.767.8683 email: Licensing@wvsos.gov