What does it cost to register a foreign LLC in West Virginia?
$150 for all processing.
How long does it take for the state to process the West Virginia Application for Registration?
Online Processing: 24-48 business hours in WV Secretary of State Office, plus additional time for mailing. Filing time varies with other offices, since it is also filed with the State Tax Department and Employment Security Office only if filed online.
All Normal Processing: 24-48 business days and only filed in WV Secretary of State office, plus additional time for mailing.
How will I get verification of registration back from West Virginia?
A Certificate of Authority will be mailed to you. A file stamped copy of the Certificate of Authority form as filed will be returned to you only if you provide the form in duplicate.
What forms do I file with West Virginia to register my out of state LLC?
The Application for Certificate of Authority form (in duplicate), a Certificate of Existence and the filing fee is required.
What do I need from my home state?
A Certificate of Existence is required.
Does it need to be an original copy?
How current does the certificate need to be?
It must be dated within the current tax year.
Will I need an West Virginia registered agent for my LLC?
Yes, when you hire Northwest as your registered agent, it's a flat rate yearly price of $125 a year, you'll have an online account that tracks your report due dates, which states you are registered in, when your yearly service with us is up, and any documents we receive locally for you are uploaded into your account immediately for complete viewing. If or when you get served with a lawsuit, we can email up to 4 people and your attorney at the same time for real time complete viewing of a lawsuit. You'll receive annual report reminders. It's the same price every year, and there are no weird fees or cancellation fees.
You'll also see all the pre-populated forms and specific filing instructions on the thank you page, in your online account, and they will be emailed to you immediately upon signing up for 1 year of registered agent service.
Does the West Virginia registered agent need to sign the filing?
How can I file the West Virginia Application for Registration?
By mail, fax, email, in person or online. If filing online, you will need to be prepared to fax your signature pages and your Certificate of Existence. If faxing or emailing your forms you will need to call their office with your credit card information for payment. If filing by email, you will want to call to get a current email address and so that someone will be expecting your filing.
What is the state agency that accepts the out of state registration?
West Virginia Secretary of State
1900 Kanawha Blvd E.
Bldg 1, Suite 157-K
Charleston, WV 25305
Do the signatures on the West Virginia LLC application need to be original?
Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?
A manager or member of the company must sign the form.
Are there any weird things about registering in West Virginia?
Online filing is the best choice because it will be filed with the West Virginia Secretary of State, State Tax Department and Employment Security Office all at the same time. Otherwise, you will need to file with each office separately.
A PLLC must provide confirmation from the licensing board that all licenses of the members are current.
A PLLC is required to carry at all times $1 million of professional limited liability insurance. [See WV Code §31B-13-1305]
County filing or publication is not necessary, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.
Are there ongoing West Virginia annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?
Annual reports are due July 1st.
What are your fees?
You'll need to have an West Virginia registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in West Virginia. It's a flat rate, once a year fee, and includes more than other registered agents. Here's a little more about our registered agent service.
We charge a $100 one-time filing service fee if you would like us to obtain the certificates needed from your home state, and register your company in any state you choose. We have offices in every state and can act as your registered agent and make your filings for you in any state. If you would like to register with multiple states at once, we can usually drop our filing service fee down.