All WV Secretary of State’s Offices are closed to walk-in customers until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions. Staff is continuing to perform and process all Business & Licensing functions in an timely fashion, providing a similar customer experience prior to implementing the 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 https://erls.wvsos.gov/
Service of Process can be mailed to:
WV Secretary of State’s OfficeState Capitol BuildingCharleston, WV 25305
Filing required business registrations with all the state agencies is now fast and easy through 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.
Visit the Expedite Service section for more information and to download the order request form.
We encourage you to take advantage of our One Stop Business Portal for filing your company’s annual report.
The 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
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
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