Some occupations require certifications, licensure or permits through the 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 license. Apply for a new license with the Contractor Licensing Board or download a printable application.
Any business servicing a device that measures volume, mass or fuel and wants to place into service for legal trade must be registered with the Division of Labor’s Weights and Measures serviceman/agency program. For more information, visit the Weights and Measures page.
Any business operating in the state servicing or installing elevators must have a specialty contractor license. If they are employing elevator mechanics, the mechanics must also be licensed with the Division of Labor. For more information, visit the Elevator Safety page.
Any business operating an amusement ride and attraction, or a zipline and/or canopy tour in the state must be registered with the Division of Labor and have those devices inspected before initial operation and on a yearly basis. For more information and forms, visit the Amusement Rides and Attractions or Zipline and Canopy Tours page.
All manufacturers, renovators and sterilizers of bedding and/or upholstery materials are required to register with the Division of Labor. For more information, visit the Bedding and Upholstery page.
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