Registration Steps

  1. Review the FAQs about registration to determine whether your organization is required to register in West Virginia.

  2. Complete the initial registration application.

  3. Complete ALL sections of the form and attach the required documents. Follow the instructions carefully to avoid application processing delays.


    • Unless your organization is just starting and has not solicited anywhere before, be sure to complete all the financial information from your records, not from estimates.

    • Attach Form 990 if your organization has raised over $50,000 in the preceding year.

    • Attach a statement of financial review conducted by an independent certified public accountant if your organization has raised more than $200,000 but less than $500,000.

    • Attach an audit by an independent certified public accountant if your organization has raised $500,000 or more (not including grants from governmental agencies or private foundations).

    Fundraisers and Fundraising Counsel:

    • Be sure to attach copies of your contracts or agreements with charities soliciting in West Virginia.

    • Be sure to attach your bond, completed correctly according to the instructions.

  4. Go to Forms and Fees for the applicable fees. Make your check or money order payable to "West Virginia Secretary of State." If paying by credit card, you must include the completed e-Payment Authorization form with your application.

  5. Mail your registration and payment to:

    West Virginia Secretary of State
    Charities Division
    1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
    Bldg. 1, Suite 157-K
    Charleston, WV 25305

Contact the Charities Division for further assistance regarding charitable organizations, professional fundraisers or fundraising counsels.​​​​​

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