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Register a Foreign Nonprofit in West Virginia

To register a foreign nonprofit in the State of West Virginia, you must file an Application for Certificate of Authority with the West Virginia Secretary of State. You can submit this document by mail or in person. The Application for Certificate of Authority for a West Virginia foreign nonprofit corporation costs $50 to file. Below, we cover the most frequently asked questions about how to file the Application for Certificate of Authority and register a foreign nonprofit in West Virginia. Or, you can simply sign up for our West Virginia Foreign Nonprofit service, and we’ll take care of your registration ourselves!

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How do I register my foreign non-profit corporation in West Virginia?

File the Application for Certificate of Authority with the West Virginia Secretary of State. Include a Certificate of Good Standing dated within the current tax year. You can file by mail or in person.

What kind of information is required on the West Virginia Certificate of Authority?

Include the following on the form:

  • Nonprofit corporation name
  • Registered agent information
  • Names and addresses of the nonprofit’s directors and officers
  • Nonprofit Corporation’s purpose
  • A Certificate of Good Standing from the nonprofit’s home state, dated within the current tax year

How much does it cost to qualify a foreign non-profit in West Virginia?

The filing fee is $50 for standard processing. You can pay with a check or money order.

How long does it take West Virginia to process my filing?

Standard processing is 5-10 business days. 24-hour expediting is available for an additional $25. Fax filings can be expedited in 2 hours for an extra $250 and walk-in filings can be expedited in 1 hour for $500.

Does West Virginia require any paperwork from my home state?

Yes. With the certificate of authority application, you need to attach a Certificate of Good Standing dated within the current tax year.

How many directors are required to sign the Certificate of Authority?

No directors are required to sign, but the names and addresses of each director and officer is required on the form.

Who needs to sign the Certificate of Authority?

Anyone authorized by the West Virginia nonprofit corporation to sign the formation documents.

Does my registered agent need to sign the Certificate of Authority?

No.

Will I need a registered agent in West Virginia?

Yes. When you hire Northwest Registered Agent as your WV registered agent, it’s a flat yearly rate of $125, you’ll have an online account that tracks your report due dates, which states you’re 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 four 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 prepopulated forms and specific filing instructions on the thank you page in your online account.

Do foreign non-profit corporations need to file annual reports in West Virginia?

Yes. Annual reports for foreign nonprofit corporations in West Virginia are due by June 30th. You can file online, by mail, or by fax. The filing fee is $25.

West Virginia contact info:

Secretary of State
Corporations Division
1900 Kanawha Blvd E
Bldg 1, Suite 157-K
Charleston, WV 25305

Phone: (304)558-8000
Website: www.wvsos.com

Additional Resources:

West Virginia Charity
West Virginia Nonprofit Tax Exemptions

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