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How To File An Amendment For A West Virginia Corporation


Step By Step Guide To West Virginia Corporation Amendments

How to file a West Virginia Corporation Amendment:

If you want to amend your West Virginia articles of incorporation, file one original West Virginia Articles of Incorporation Profit Amendment. Submit the amendment and the filing fee to the West Virginia Secretary of State, Business Division (SOS). If you want a file stamped copy of the amendment returned to you, submit two originals. The use of the SOS amendment form is not required.  Original signatures are not required. All the forms you need are already in your online account when you sign up with Northwest Registered Agent.

You can file by mail, fax, or in person. You can pay filing fees by check, money order, or credit card. If you file in person, you can pay with cash, too. Checks should be payable to “West Virginia Secretary of State.”

Can you re-state the initial articles instead of filing an amendment?

Yes. The corporations board of directors may restate the articles of incorporation at any time. If the restated articles include a new amendment that requires shareholder approval, the provision must be adopted and approved first.

There is no West Virginia form for restated articles. You just file articles of restatement with the SOS. The articles should include the name of the corporation and the text of the restated articles of incorporation. Include a statement that the articles consolidate all amendments into a single document. If the restatement includes a new amendment be sure that it meets all the statutory requirements.

There is a $25 filing fee for restated articles.

Are there any specifics you can or can’t include with a West Virginia Corporation amendment?

When a WV corporation changes its structure, purpose, or name, it must file an amendment. You can change the name of your corporation in section 4 of the amendment by simply entering the old and new names.

When your corporation changes its address, officers, or agent, you have to file the Application to Appoint or Change Process, Officers, and/or Addresses form. You can make all your changes on one form and only pay the filing fee once.

How much does a West Virginia Corporation amendment cost?

There is a $25 filing fee to amend articles of incorporation.

How long does it take the state to process a West Virginia Corporation amendment?

It takes West Virginia SOS 24-48 hours to process the amendment. If you deliver the amendment in person, they will process it immediately. West Virginia SOS does not offer expedited processing.

How will the West Virginia Corporation amendment be returned?

If you want a file stamped copy of your amendment, submit two originals for filing. The SOS will return one to you.

What state agency do you file an amendment with?

Submit articles of amendment by mail, fax, or in person to:

Business Division
West Virginia Secretary of State
1900 Kanawha Blvd E.
Bldg 1, Suite 157-K
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: (304) 558-8000
Fax: (304) 558-8381

Can you change the West Virginia Corporation officers or directors on an amendment?

No, you can’t change officers/directors by filing an amendment. You would have to file an Application to Appoint or Change Process, Officers, and/or Addresses.

Can you change the West Virginia registered agent on the amendment?

No. To change your West Virginia registered agent, you have to file an Application to Appoint or Change Process, Officers, and/or Addresses.

Can you change the principal office address and/or the mailing address on an Corporation amendment?

No. File an Application to Appoint or Change Process, Officers, and/or Addresses to change your principal office or mailing address. You can also change your address on your annual report.

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