West Virginia LLC Requirements

Each state has different requirements for forming a limited liability company (LLC). Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you'll want to understand the state requirements for LLC formation.

Cost to form a West Virginia LLC

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the West Virginia state fees. When you view our pricing to form an LLC you plainly see:

  • BizFilings’ package prices. BizFilings offers three incorporation service packages from which you can choose.
  • State fee for standard turn-around. Our pricing clearly shows the state fee to incorporate in West Virginia with standard turn-around.
  • Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
  • Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Organization.

Form a West Virginia LLC

LLC Name

The LLC name must end with "Limited Liability Company," "Limited Company," "LLC," "L.L.C.," "LC" or "L.C." The name must not be the same as or deceptively similar to a name already in use by another existing LLC or foreign LLC qualified to do business in West Virginia without either written consent of the other LLC or a court order establishing the right of the applicant to use the name. The name must not imply a purpose other than that stated in the Articles of Organization.

Member/Manager information

The following are West Virginia’s requirements for the members/managers of LLCs:

  • Minimum number. LLCs must have one or more members/managers.
  • Residence requirements. West Virginia does not have a provision specifying where members/managers must reside.
  • Age requirements. West Virginia does not have age requirements.
  • Inclusion in the Articles of Organization. Member/Manager names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Organization.

Requirements for the Articles of Organization

The document required to form an LLC in West Virginia is called the Articles of Organization. The information required in the formation document varies by state. West Virginia's requirements include:

  • Registered agent. LLCs must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in West Virginia. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
West Virginia Registered Agent Service

Professional services businesses

West Virginia allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional limited liability company (PLLC).

After forming a limited liability company (LLC) , you must undertake certain steps on an ongoing basis to keep your business in compliance. These steps are also important in preserving the limited liability an LLC provides its owner(s). This guide outlines the ongoing requirements for West Virginia LLCs.

LLC taxes and fees

The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for West Virginia LLCs:

  • Annual report. West Virginia requires LLCs to file an annual report by July 1. The filing fee is $25.
  • Taxes. For complete details on state taxes for West Virginia LLCs, visit Business Owner's Toolkit or the State of West Virginia .
  • Federal tax identification number (EIN). An EIN is required for LLCs that will have employees. Additionally, most banks require an EIN in order to open a business bank account.
  • State tax identification number. West Virginia does not require a state tax identification number.

Business Licenses

Business licenses and/or permits are required for most businesses. The BizFilings Business License Application Package can help you stay on top of these requirements.

Additional West Virginia information

View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in West Virginia:

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