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West Virginia Incorporation Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to reserve a corporate name?

No, but it is recommended to reserve a name prior to filing to ensure that it remains available during the incorporation process.

How do I reserve a corporate name?

The reservation of your corporate name will be handled by IncParadise and is included in the price of our service.

Do I have to renew my name registration?

No, domestic corporations are not required to renew. However, foreign corporation seeking to do business in West Virginia are required to do so on an annual basis.

How do I incorporate in West Virginia?

When using our service, IncParadise will file, on your behalf, the required administrative forms and articles of incorporation with the appropriate West Virginia agency.

Is a registered agent required?

Yes. . The registered agent must have a business office identical to the registered office and must be either: (1) an individual residing in West Virginia, or (2) a corporation with authority to transact business in the state. As part of our ongoing service, IncParadise does provide a registered agent service option that you can select during the online registration process.

How many Incorporators are required to form a corporation in West Virginia?

One or more are required.

How many Directors are required to start a corporation in West Virginia?

One or more as defined in the entity’s bylaws. You are encouraged, though not required, to list the initial directors in the articles of incorporation. This will save time when you file your annual report as you will be required to list all of them at that time.

Are corporations in West Virginia required to file an Annual Report?

Yes. An annual return must be filed by July 1st of each year.

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