West Virginia Articles of Incorporation

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West Virginia articles of incorporation are filed to create a corporation.

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Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your business corporation. (If you are starting a nonprofit corporation, click here.) Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the corporation. Only after this approval can the corporation apply for tax IDs, obtain business licenses, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.

Benefits

Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
  • Provides governance and adds credibility

Fast Facts

We will prepare and file your articles of incorporation as follows:

Agency:West Virginia Secretary of State - Business and Licensing Division
Form:

Form CD-1: Articles of Incorporation

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$100 ($30 tax registration fee also applies if filed online)

Law:

West Virginia Code - Chapter 31D: West Virginia Business Corporation Act

Notes:

File the original and one copy that will be returned to you.



Why use our Articles of Incorporation service?

We're specialists in incorporation and compliance. We focus solely on corporate compliance, and the state-specific expertise to provide you best-in-industry service at a competitive rate.

A compliance specialists will work with you 1-on-1 to prepare and file your articles of incorporation. You can also rely on your specialist for other services to help you set up and maintain a compliant corporation.

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Other Helpful West Virginia Facts

As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to West Virginia. Your specialist will help you tailor articles of incorporation to your state.


West Virginia Directors

  • Number: One or more required.
  • Qualifications: None.
  • Quorum: Majority of directors, unless bylaws or articles of incorporations fix a different number. No less than one third.

West Virginia Officers

  • As provided in the bylaws.

West Virginia Bylaws

  • Required: Yes.

West Virginia Annual Shareholder Meeting

  • Required: Yes.
  • Action by written consent: Allowed if consent is unanimous among all entitled to vote on the action.

West Virginia Shareholders

  • Qualifications: N/A
  • Stock Certificate: Optional, but shareholder must receive a writing with the same information.
  • Voting Trusts Allowed: Yes.

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