How to Start a Business in West Virginia (Step by Step Guide)

Starting Business in West VirginiaAre you thinking about starting your own business in West Virginia? If so, then you have come to the right place!

On this page, you can find step by step DIY instructions on how to incorporate your business in West Virginia. From selecting the business entity type to forms to be filled, we have covered it all.

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The first step in setting up your business is to select the business structure.

Broadly there are 4 types of business entities that can be registered:

  1. Limited Liability Company (Most Popular)
  2. Corporation
  3. Sole Proprietorship
  4. Partnership

Each business structure differs on the basis of taxation, asset liability and estate planning. We have written a detailed tutorial on how to choose a business entity type for your business here.

Below we have given a broad outline of the steps involved in registering an LLC or Corporation in West Virginia.

Clicking on each step, opens up a detailed guide on how to complete it.

How to Start an LLC in West Virginia

Agency ResponsibleWest Virginia Secretary of State – Business and Licensing Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organization (Form LLD-1)
ModeMail or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $15 (Mail) [Option to expedite]
Filing Fee$100
TimeBy mail/online: 2 days
LawWest Virginia Code §31B-2-202


Summary:

  1. Choose a business name
  2. File for Business name reservation (Optional)
  3. Select a Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Organization (Form LLD-1)
  5. Draft an Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. Obtain relevant licenses and permits
  8. Obtain state tax ID number
  9. (Ongoing) File Annual Report

How to Start a Corporation in West Virginia

Agency ResponsibleWest Virginia Secretary of State – Business and Licensing Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Incorporation (Form CD-1)
ModeMail or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $15 (Mail) [Option to expedite]
Filing Fee$50
TimeBy mail/online: 2 days
LawWest Virginia Code – §31D-1-120.

Summary:

  1. Search for a Business Name
  2. File for Business Name Reservation (Optional)
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Incorporation (Form CD-1)
  5. Create Bylaws
  6. Get an EIN Number
  7. Obtain relevant licenses and permits
  8. Obtain state tax ID number
  9. (Ongoing) File Annual Report



References:
https://law.justia.com/codes/west-virginia/2010/chapter31b/

Last fact-checked on 25/07/2018

West Virginia Business Entity & Corporation Search

Business & Licensing division of the West Virginia Secretary of State maintains a searchable database of all the business entities registered in the state. It holds the records of active/inactive LLC, LLP, LP, or Corporation registered in West Virginia. The database can be accessed online on the SOS website for free. But before we go ahead […]

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