West Virginia Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your West Virginia LLC.

Preparing and filing your articles of organization is the first step in starting your limited liability company (LLC). Approval of this document secures your business name and creates the legal entity of the LLC. Only after this approval can you obtain a Federal Tax ID (EIN), open a bank account, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.


Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of the members (owners) and managers
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
  • Adds credibility

Fast Facts

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

Form LLD-1: Articles of Organization

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:



~1-2 business days mail or online.


West Virginia Code - Chapter 31B: Uniform Limited Liability Company Act

  • The formation fee is waived for veteran-owned LLCs.
  • File the original and one copy that will be returned to you.
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