How to Find Business Records in West Virginia State
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
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
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
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
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