Some occupations require special licensing through the West Virginia Division of Labor. These are described in the section below.
Any business operating in the state doing construction work with a total project cost of materials and labor equaling or exceeding $2,500.00 or more is required to have a contractor’s license. Apply for a new license with the West Virginia Division of Labor or download a printable application.
Any business servicing devices that measure volume, mass or fuel who will be placing a device in service for legal trade must be registered with the West Virginia Division of Labor Weights and Measures serviceman/agency program. For more information visit WV Division of Labor Weights and Measures section.
Any business operating in the state servicing or installing elevators must have a specialty contractor license. For more information visit WV Division of Labor Licensing section. If they are employing elevator mechanics, they must also be registered with the WV Division of Labor Safety section.
Any business operating in the state operating amusement rides, ziplines and/or canopy tours must be registered with the West Virginia Division of Labor and have those devices inspected before initial operation and on a yearly basis. For information and forms visit amusement rides information and required forms and ziplines and canopy tours information and required forms.
All manufacturers, renovators and sterilizers of bedding and/or upholstery materials are required to register with the West Virginia Division of Labor. For more information visit the WV Division of Labor Weights and Measures section.
The following professions listed below under the specified articles of Chapter 30 of West Virginia Code may form for the purpose of providing “professional” services. The Secretary of State business registration requires verification of eligibility from the state licensing board for your profession as part of the registration process.
You must have your licensing board complete the Secretary of State Verification of Eligibility (Form VOE) and include with your Secretary of State registration the verification form, signed by an authorized state board representative, verifying your eligibility to conduct business in the state as one of the professions listed below. Click the link to visit the licensing board's online site.
Contact the state licensing board associated with your respective profession above prior to registering with the West Virginia Secretary of State to ensure you’ve completed the necessary registrations and/or filings with that state agency before submitting your Secretary of State registration. If you are a member of another profession, you must contact your specific licensing board before attempting to establish your business in West Virginia according to their specific licensing guidelines and state requirements. The West Virginia Association of Licensing Boards provides a complete list of state boards.
Special Licenses and Permits