West Virginia Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a West Virginia nonprofit corporation.

Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your nonprofit corporation. Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the nonprofit. Only after this approval can you apply for 501c, apply for fundraising licenses, open a bank account, and otherwise conduct business.


Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your organization's name
  • Is a prerequisite for applying for 501(c) tax exemption
  • Provides governance and adds credibility to the business or organization

Fast Facts

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

Form CD-1NP: Articles of Incorporation With Nonprofit IRS Attachment

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:



~1-2 business days mail or online.


WV CODE § 31E-2-202

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

Other Helpful West Virginia Facts

As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to West Virginia, keep in mind:

West Virginia Directors

  • Number: minimum 3
  • Qualifications: None. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
  • Term: until successor selected and qualified
  • Quorum: majority
  • Committee: minimum 2 directors

West Virginia Officers

  • Defined in bylaws or board resolution. One officer prepares minutes of the directors' and members' meetings and authenticates records.
  • Two or more offices may be held by the same individual.

West Virginia Members

  • Members: optional
  • Regular meeting: required annually
  • Quorum: presence of voting members

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