Young Entrepreneur Waiver

What is the Young Entrepreneur Waiver?

The Young Entrepreneur Reinvestment Act, states any incorporator of an incorporation, member of a limited liability company, or partner of a partnership who is a West Virginia resident under the age of 30 may have their initial Office of Secretary of State registration filing fee waived, if the business is formed between July 1, 2016 or thereafter.

To take advantage of this waiver you will be required to provide the Secretary of State's Office with proof of your age and West Virginia residency.

Accepted proof of Age:

  • State-issued driver's license
  • Certified copy of your birth certificate
  • ID card issued by federal or state government

Accepted proof of West Virginia Residency:

  • West Virginia Voter's Registration card
  • Tax records, not more than 18 months old, containing your West Virginia street address .
  • West Virginia mortgage documents, homeowner insurance documents for West Virginia residence, or proof of West Virginia home ownership.
  • A West Virginia W-2 form not more than 18 months old.
  • Valid West Virginia vehicle registration card.
  • A current West Virginia residential rental or lease agreement.
  • Two utility bills issued by a West Virginia utility containing your current street address.

Please Note
  • Utility bills cannot be more than 60 days old.
  • Utility bills cannot be termination notices.
  • Utility bills cannot be issued by same company.

Filing your waiver

Complete the Young Entrepreneur Act Filing Fee Waiver Request.

Include copies of your proof of age and proof of residency documents.

Complete and attach the application for your business type.

If requesting expedited service, an expedite fee will apply. Submit the completed forms, as well as the expedite fee if requesting expedite service, as a packet to:

West Virginia Secretary of State
One Stop Business Center
13 Kanawha Boulevard West
​Suite 201
Charlest, WV 25302​​

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