This webpage will guide individuals through the process of purchasing a Certificate of Existence or Certificate of Authorization using West Virginia Secretary of State website. It will likely be necessary for you to acquire this document should you be expanding your business to foreign jurisdictions or if you are in the process of requesting financing. The certificate name will vary depending on the your entity type, however, the retrieval process will not. Across the board, certificates cost $10 and can be purchased online with a credit card.

How to Request

Step 1- You will be required to perform a business entity search in order to retrieve your certificate. Navigate to this webpage and submit the name of your entity into the provided field before clicking Search.


Step 2- A list of names should appear on the second page. Scroll through them to find your business then click Details to continue.


Step 3- At the bottom of the business details page you should be able to locate a link that says either Purchase a Certificate of Existence or Purchase a Certificate of Authorization.


Step 4- Here you will be required to enter the email address to which the Secretary of State can send the purchased document. Click Checkout to pay for your certificate.


Step 5- On this page, you will be required to provide the following information before clicking Pay to officially submit your request and purchase your certificate:

  • Company/Employer name
  • Name of applicant
  • Card holder’s name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Card type
  • Card number
  • Expiration date


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