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West Virginia State Business Records

Looking for business records can be confusing if you are not familiar with the government resources that are available to you. There are many reasons that one may want to search business records, including those who are looking to see if a business name is available to use for their own business, those who want to check on a company that they are considering doing business with or purchasing from, or those who are looking for defunct companies to purchase.

No matter what your reasons are for wanting to search West Virginia business records, the Secretary of State’s website can be a valuable resource. Searching this database can be a fairly simple process. The nine steps below will take you completely through this processes -- from access the Secretary of State’s website to viewing a company’s detailed information.

How to Search For West Virginia State Business Records

1. Start your West Virginia business records search by going to the Secretary of State’s website, located at http://www.wvsos.com/ .

2. Along the left hand side of the screen, you will see a site menu labeled ‘Main Menu’. There will be several section underneath this site menu, but you should find the ‘Search for Information’ selection (it will be the fourth selection down under ‘Main Menu‘).

3. When you get to this selection, a second menu will pop up with information options. You will want to choose the first option from this new menu, labeled ‘Search On-Line Databases’.

4. Once you get to this selection, a third menu will pop up with database options. You will want to choose the first option on this menu, labeled ‘Business Organizations Data’.

5. You will then be taken to a search form and prompted to insert all or part of the name of the company that you want to search for.

6. Pressing ‘Search’ will give you a list of all the companies registered in West Virginia that most closely match your search term, sorted by relevancy. This list will include each company’s name, their type, the effective date, the termination date (if any), the termination reason (if any), their charter, and their class.

7. To find out more information on a particular company on the list, click on the company’s name.

8. This will take you to the company’s details page which lists the company’s name, their company type, their section type, the effective date, the date they filed, their chapter type, their class, the termination date (if any), the termination reason (if any), their chapter county, their chapter state, their business purpose, their control number, the term, the term years, their management, the authorized shares, and other stock information.

9. In addition, you will find links to view company addresses, company officers, any DBA names they may go by, other legal names, any mergers, any subsidiaries, any amendments, any annual reports, and any dissolutions.

These records will help you find out more about any business registered with the state of West Virginia. Unlike some searchable records databases, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s website offers a free searchable database. You are never prompted to enter payment information for any reason -- whether it be to enter the database, perform a search, or see a company’s details page. If you need more information than is available in this free database, you can use the information that you do find out in order to search other free or paid databases. There are a variety of databases out there -- both government and non-government, paid and free -- to help you with a comprehensive, in-depth business search.

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