In this article, we will be discussing steps involved to reserve a business name in West Virginia. Business Division of West Virginia Secretary of State, handles business name reservation. Generally, name reservation is done to protect the business name from being registered by someone else till the time business is officially registered.
The business name can be reserved for the period of 120 days which can be renewed further once for another 120 days. The business name reservation can also be transferred.
West Virginia Business Name Requirement
West Virginia Secretary of State has mandated certain requirements which you must keep in mind while selecting a business name.
The business name must be unique and distinguishable from any existing business entity name registered with Secretary of State. Also any difference in grammar, similarly sounding business name, or using stop words does not make the business name unique and it will lead to the name being rejected.
For example following names are not distinguishable:
- Justin Plumber LLC vs The Justin Plumber LLC
- Mango Farm LLC vs Mango Farms LLC
- Jake & Mary Corporation vs Jake and Mary Corporation
Required suffix in the business name:
- For Corporations:
Must contain either “Corporation”, “Incorporated”, “Company”, “Limited” or an abbreviation of one of such words.
- For LLC
Must contain either “Limited Liability Company”, “Limited Company”, “L.L.C.”, “LLC”, “L.C.”, “LC”, “Limited”, “Ltd.”, “Company” or “Co.”
- Language stating or implying the business is organized for an impermissible purpose
Checking the Availability of a Business Name
West Virginia Secretary of State provides an online tool to check the availability of any business name. You can use this tool to find and research name for your business. We have written an in-depth tutorial on how to search for a business name in West Virginia.
How to Reserve Business Name
Business name reservation can be filed by mail.
|Processing Time||Around 3 days after the receipt|
- Download the West Virginia Name reservation form – Link.
- Fill the form with the requested details.
- Include the money order/check/credit card payment.
Check/money order must be drawn in name of “West Virginia Secretary of State“.
- Send the filled form to any of the following addresses:Charleston Office
One-Stop Business Center
1615 Washington Street East
Charleston, WV 25311Phone: (304) 558-8000
Fax: (304) 558-8381
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:30a – 5:00p EST
North Central WV Business Center
200 West Main Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Phone: (304) 367-2775
Fax: (304) 627-2243
Hours: Mon. -Fri. 9:00a – 5:00p EST
Eastern Panhandle Business Center
229 E. Martin Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9:00a – 5:00p EST
24-Hour $ 25.00
EXPEDITED SERVICE requests may be submitted by:
– E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
– Walk in delivery
West Virginia Secretary of State Contact
For any queries, you can contact the SOS at (304) 558-6000 during business hours.
Last Updated: 24/08/2018