Welcome to Start a Business’s guide on how to reserve an entity name in the state of West Virginia. This state has an extremely streamlined and well designed online portal that unfortunately has not yet provided an online name reservation filing as of yet. They have instead provided a PDF to be completed, printed off and mailed to the Secretary of State with an attached check covering the $15 filing fee. A link for this PDF and a description of its contents has been provided in the tutorial below. When submitted, you will be given a window of 120 days in which your name will be secured.

Before filling out the PDF, it would be wise to check the availability of your entity name with the use of the Business Entity Search.

How to Reserve

Step 1- You can download the Application for Name Reservation here and open it up in your PDF viewer.

Step 2- Provide the following information before printing the document off:

  • 1- Name to be reserved
  • 2- Entity type
  • 3- Select whether reserving to create new company, change existing name or register foreign company (if third option, provide original state/country of organization)
  • 4- Name and address of applicant
  • 5- Signature, title of authorized signatory and date of signing


Step 3- Once the document is filled, you will be able to print it off, provide your signature and attach to it a check or money order made out to the West Virginia Secretary of State. The fee for name reservations is $15. Send both the fee and the form to the below address for processing.

Secretary of State
Bldg. 1, Suite 157-K
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305

How to (Video)