West Virginia Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal

Registration requirements for West Virginia business entities

Business entities that plan to use a name other than their legal business name may need to register an assumed name. Assumed name registration can take place at the state, local, or state and local levels of government. State specific registration information is available below.

Initial Application for Registration

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

Application for Trade Name

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:


Is registration mandatory?:

Filing a trade name registration is required for any person or entity intending to conduct business under an assumed name.

County Level Filing:

Individuals, sole-proprietorships, and general partnerships only file at the county level with the county clerk where the principal office is located. All other entities file only at the state level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:

Registration of a trade name does not offer name protection.

  • Publication of registration is not required in West Virginia.

Renewal Filing

Not required

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