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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
The WV One Stop Business Portal. 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
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 25311, 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.
Filing required business registrations with all the state agencies is now fast and easy through
The WV One Stop Business Portal.
File Secretary of State, State Tax Department, WorkForce West Virginia (Unemployment Compensation) and Department of Labor filings online through the state's one stop portal.
Visit the one stop portal often for news and updates for required filing deadlines.
Expedite service is now available for Business Division filings.
Available in 24-hour, 2-hour and 1-hour expedite times, this service is available for an additional fee (in addition to the regular filing fee, where applicable) for both paper and online filings.
Expedite Service section for more information and to download the order request form.
We encourage you to take advantage of our
WV One Stop Business Portal for filing your company’s annual report.
WV One Stop Business Portal provides an accurate and secure gateway for you to manage your business transactions with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office.
Beginning in 2019, filing Annual Reports utilizing the One Stop Business Portal will be mandatory.
One Stop Business Portal
New Business Startup Wizard
Search Business Organizations
Order Certificate ofExistence/Authorization
Business Statistics Database
Bulk Business Entity Data Services
Business Entity Custom List Service
Business Identity Theft
Veteran Owned Business Waiver
Young Entrepreneur Waiver
Start a Business in West Virginia
Register an Out-of-State Business
Register a Trade Name (DBA)
Land Reuse Agencies
File Annual Reports
Make Changes to a Business
Dissolve or Terminatea West Virginia Business
Cancel or Withdraw anOut-of-State Business
Professional Fundraisers& Fundraising Counsels
Forms and Fees
Search Charities & Disbursements
File UCC Online
UCC Search Instructions
Search UCC Information
UCC Data Services
UCC XML Filing Service Sign Up
Service by Secretary of State
Service of Process FAQ
Authentication of Documents
Authentication ServiceRequest Form
Official Document Validation
Search Business & Licensing Forms
Customer Order Request
Ordering and Payment
Copies and Certificates
WV One Stop Business Center Presentation
Business Name Guidance
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