Category Archives: West Virginia Secretary of State (SOS) Taxable Business Entity Search

Use the West Virginia Secretary of State Business Search to lookup an Entity By: Business Trust, Corporation, LLC (Limited Liability Company, LLP (Limited Liability Partnership), and LP (Limited Partnership). Use to also check to see if a name is available when starting a business.

West Virginia Secretary of State Corporation Entity Search

Step 1 – Go to the West Virginia Secretary of State.

Step 2 – On the main search page, you may type in the corporation you are looking for by Organization Name or by an Agent or Officer’s Name. If you would like more options you may go to the Advanced Search Option.

*When making a query by organization name, be sure to use as many keywords and terms as possible as the system will return all matching entities.

Step 3 – On the listing’s page, you will be able to see all the matching corporations and be able to view it’s: Name, Organization ID Number, Organization Type, Effective Date, Termination Date, Termination Reason, Charter, and the Class. Click on the blue text link to view it’s data page.

Step 4 – On the entity information page, you will be able to see all the information located at the Secretary of State’s about the corporation including it’s: Business Purpose, Charter County, Charter State, At Will Term, At Will Term Years, Authorized Shares, CapitalStock, Control Number, Excess Acres, Member Managed, Par Value, Principal Office Address, Officers, Mergers, Subsidiaries, and the option to view all previous filings in Adobe PDF.


Reserve a Corporate Name

Step 1 – Download and complete one of the form below:
Reservation Application – To have a name reserved for One Hundred and Twenty (120) days if you are seeking to incorporate at a later time.

Step 2 – Attach the $25 fee and send to:
Secretary of State Corporations Division
1900 Kanawha Blvd E.
Bldg 1, Suite 157-K
Charleston, WV 25305

West Virginia Secretary of State LLC Search & Lookup

Step 1 – Go to the West Virginia Secretary of State.

West Virginia Start page

Step 2 – Type in the name of the company you are looking for in the top box, and if you know either the Registered Agent or Officer type in the second box below. If you require more options you should try the advanced search feature.
*Tip – When searching by the company’s name, you want to be sure your terms are as unique as possible as the Secretary of State will return all matching entities.

West Virginia Listings Page

Step 3 – When you are reviewing the listings that matched your terms selected you will be able to view the LLC’s Name, Organization ID Number, Type, Effective Date, Termination Date, Termination Reason, Charter, and the Class it is in. Click on the blue text link to see all more information.

West Virginia Information Page

Step 4 – You have now concluded your search and may view all the information on file with the Secretary of State about the LLC you were looking for including it’s: Capital Stock (Amount), Control Number, Purpose for Business, County, State, Term, Member Managed, Number of Authorized Shares, Principal Office Address, Registered Agent Information, Officers, and be able to view all documents filed on the bottom of the page.

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