How to Incorporate in West Virginia


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Incorporating in West Virginia is relatively easy.  This article should give you resources to understand how the incorporation process works in West Virginia, and to use the legal forms from the West Virginia Secretary of State to incorporate in West Virginia.

Though not required, it is advised that you check your corporate name for availability before filing any applications. To do so you can visit the Business Organization Search page offered by the West Virginia Secretary of State. If you find your name is available, you may call the Business Division at (304) 558-8000 for a check to see if there will be no conflict when you submit a Name Reservation form. The filing fee is $15 and your name will be reserved for a period of 120 days. Documents can be mailed to: Natalie E. Tennant, Secretary of State, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Bldg. 1, Suite 157-K, Charleston, WV 25305.

Once your company name is established, you can begin filling out your Form CD-1, West Virginia Articles of Incorporation. The filing fee for your Articles of Incorporation is $50, the fee and form can be submitted to the same address listed above. West Virginia also offers online filing. To do so, you must visit Business For West Virginia and register for a new account. From there, you can begin the process of filing out the necessary forms for your corporation.

Corporations are required to file an Annual Report. Annual Reports are due June 30th of each year. A notification will be mailed to you and provide further instructions. Business For West Virgina also offers online filing of your annual reports, provided you have an active account.

There are many companies that offer the service of filing these articles on your behalf, such as FileOnline  or LegalZoom.