How to Get a Business License in WV
You can get a business license online or by mail by applying with the correct licensing or regulatory agency for your business.
Business licensing requirements generally depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
There are three main licensing jurisdictions:
State of West Virginia Business Licensing
The main state-level permit or license in West Virginia is the business registration certificate, sometimes called a seller’s permit.
You must obtain a business registration certificate if you are engaged in business in West Virginia.
Visit the WV One Stop Business Portal to obtain a business registration certificate.
Additionally, businesses in some professions and industries are required to have other specific licenses or permits. The WV One Stop Business Portal provides a list of many of these professions and contact information for the relevant state agencies.
Local West Virginia Business Licensing
In West Virginia, you may need other licenses or permits from your local government depending on your business activity or location.
Check with your local West Virginia government office for more information.
Steps for Obtaining a Business License in West Virginia
West Virginia Business Registration Certificate
You can get a West Virginia business registration certificate by applying online or by mail.
Other West Virginia Business License
The West Virginia Business Registration Certificate does not need to be renewed. Check with the relevant state or local government office for the renewal requirements for any other license or permit you may have.
Federal Business Licenses and Permits
You can get a business license by applying with the correct licensing and regulatory agency for your business. Business licensing requirements depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
If your business conducts activities that are regulated by the federal government, you will need to apply for the appropriate business license or permit.
Choose a business activity below to learn how to apply:
Firearms, ammunition, and explosives
Fish and wildlife
Mining and drilling
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics
WV Business License FAQ
What is a business license?
A business license is a permit issued to businesses by a government office that allows the business to operate in a particular area. They can be issued by federal, state, or local governments. There are typically different licensing requirements for different businesses and different locations.
What are the types of business licenses?
There are many types of business licenses. These include licenses at the local, state, and federal levels, licenses related to sales tax and other taxes, and specific licenses for various professions. There are also environmental licenses, zoning permits, and more.
Is there a national business license?
Most businesses don’t need a federal business license, but some industries, including broadcasting, investment advising, and drug manufacturing, do have federal regulations and licenses.
Is an EIN the same as a business license?
No. An employer identification number (EIN) is issued by the IRS to identify and keep track of businesses, but it does not license them to operate.
Is an LLC considered a business license?
No. An LLC is a type of business structure. While you are required to register as an LLC, it is not a business license.
Who needs a West Virginia business license?
Every business in West Virginia needs a business registration certificate. Businesses in certain professions and locations may need other specific licenses.
What is a seller’s permit?
A seller’s permit is the common name for a license or permit that allows you to sell products or services. In West Virginia, this is called a business registration certificate.
How much does a West Virginia business license cost?
A West Virginia business registration certificate costs $30. The cost of other licenses and permits varies.
How do I get a West Virginia business license?
You can get a West Virginia business registration certificate by applying online through the WV One Stop Business Portal or by mail. The processes for obtaining other licenses and permits vary.