West Virginia Secretary of State Business Search Instructions

Last Updated on January 30, 2024

West Virginia state mapAny registered corporate or business entity in the state, like corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Partnerships or Limited Companies, each and every record regarding the same is included in the business registry of the West Virginia Secretary of State. The Business and Licensing division takes is responsible for the registration of business entities, trade name filings, certificates of existence, trademarks etc.

How to do a West Virginia Business Entity Search

The online registered business entity tool is facilitated by the Secretary of State of West Virginia lets you find information regarding any entity that was or is headquartered in the state. To perform the search you need to have the following credentials with you:

  • Business Organization Name
  • Agent or officer name

Follow the underwritten guidelines to get a clear idea about the WV Secretary of State business search process:

Also see: How to start an LLC in West Virginia

Search by Business Name

Step 1 – Visit the West Virginia Secretary of State website to go to the search page for registered business entities in West Virginia. The search page will soon appear which looks similar to the screenshot below.
How to do a West Virginia Business Entity Search

Step 2 – You can conduct the search either by using a business name or agent or officer name. Let us perform a sample search assuming you have the business entity name handy. Type in “Bloom” the business name field.
West Virginia Corporation Entity Search

Step 3 – Click on the Search button to get into a page that looks similar to the screenshot below.
West Virginia Business Entity Search Details List

  1. You can also go for advanced searches. Just click on the Advanced Search Options button and a new page will appear who looks like the below screenshot.
  2. Choose from any of the advanced search options like street, charter type, organization type, etc for to you search.
  3. Click on any entity name to get into further details on the organization.

Available information includes;
West Virginia SOS Result

Search by Agent or Officer Name

If you want to search by the name of the Registered Agent or the name of an officer you can search with that information.  Searching by the officer name can be handy when you want to all of the businesses a person is involved with.

Business Licenses

The business name registration is different from a business license or permit in West Virginia.  The West Virginia State Tax Department has more information regarding West Virginia business licenses.

Also see: How to do a West Virginia UCC search

Information on SOS West Virginia (WV)
West Virginia sos seal

Office :
The Secretary of State of West Virginia is an elected government office in the US state of West Virginia. In terms of fiscal, physical and the number of staff, the office is quite small and yet plays a major role in the public affairs of the state.

Functionalities :
The duties of the West Virginia Secretary of State are broadly divided. Among the major functions, the election and voter registration duties take the topmost position. Other duties include those in the business and licensing division, notaries, public archives and sports department of the state.

Secretary of State Contact Information

WV SOS Address:
State Capitol Building
Charleston, WV 25305

WV SOS Phone Number: (866) 767-8683

State Business Name Search Instructions

How much does it cost to do a business search in West Virginia?

There is no cost to search for businesses using the West Virginia business search database.