Form CD-1 "West Virginia Articles of Incorporation" - West Virginia

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West Virginia Secretary of State
WEST VIRGINIA
Business & Licensing Division
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
Tel: (304)558-8000
Form CD-1
Fax: (304)558-8381
Rev. 6/5/2019
Website:
www.wvsos.gov
FILE ONE ORIGINAL
(Two if you want a filed stamped
copy returned to you.)
FILING FEE: $100 (profit)
§59-1-2
*Effective July 7, 2017 per WV Code
.
$25 (non-profit)
**
Fee Waived for Veteran-owned and Young Entrepreneur corporation
Control #
**** The undersigned, acting as incorporator(s) according to the West Virginia Code §31D-2-202, adopt the ****
following Articles of Incorporation for a West Virginia Domestic Corporation, which shall be perpetual.
1. The name of the West Virginia corporation shall be:
[See Section 1. of the attached instructions pertaining to name
requirements. This name is your official name and must be used in
its entirety when in use unless a Trade Name (DBA) is registered
with the Office of the Secretary of State, according to Chapter 47-8
of the West Virginia Code.]
CHECK BOX to indicate you've included one of the REQUIRED CORPORATE NAME ENDINGS (See instructions for name endings).
.
The address of the principal office
2
Street:
of the corporation will be:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
County:
Located in the County of (required):
The mailing address of the above
Street:
location, if different, will be:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
3. The physical address (not a PO Box)
Street:
of the principal place of business in
West Virginia, if any:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
County:
Located in the County of:
The mailing address of the above
Street:
location, if different, will be:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
4. The name and address of the person
Name:
(agent) to whom notice of process
may be sent, if any, will be:
Street:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
5. E-mail address where business correspondence may be received:
6. Website address of the business, if any (ex: yourdomainname.com):
West Virginia Secretary of State
WEST VIRGINIA
Business & Licensing Division
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
Tel: (304)558-8000
Form CD-1
Fax: (304)558-8381
Rev. 6/5/2019
Website:
www.wvsos.gov
FILE ONE ORIGINAL
(Two if you want a filed stamped
copy returned to you.)
FILING FEE: $100 (profit)
§59-1-2
*Effective July 7, 2017 per WV Code
.
$25 (non-profit)
**
Fee Waived for Veteran-owned and Young Entrepreneur corporation
Control #
**** The undersigned, acting as incorporator(s) according to the West Virginia Code §31D-2-202, adopt the ****
following Articles of Incorporation for a West Virginia Domestic Corporation, which shall be perpetual.
1. The name of the West Virginia corporation shall be:
[See Section 1. of the attached instructions pertaining to name
requirements. This name is your official name and must be used in
its entirety when in use unless a Trade Name (DBA) is registered
with the Office of the Secretary of State, according to Chapter 47-8
of the West Virginia Code.]
CHECK BOX to indicate you've included one of the REQUIRED CORPORATE NAME ENDINGS (See instructions for name endings).
.
The address of the principal office
2
Street:
of the corporation will be:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
County:
Located in the County of (required):
The mailing address of the above
Street:
location, if different, will be:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
3. The physical address (not a PO Box)
Street:
of the principal place of business in
West Virginia, if any:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
County:
Located in the County of:
The mailing address of the above
Street:
location, if different, will be:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
4. The name and address of the person
Name:
(agent) to whom notice of process
may be sent, if any, will be:
Street:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
5. E-mail address where business correspondence may be received:
6. Website address of the business, if any (ex: yourdomainname.com):
WEST VIRGINIA ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
Page 2
7. Do you own or operate more than one
Yes
No
Decline to answer
* Answer a. and b. below.
business in West Virginia?
If "Yes"... a. How many businesses?
b. Located in how many West Virginia counties?
8. The corporation is organized as (check one below):
NON-PROFIT, NON-STOCK
[If you plan to apply for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, you will need to include specific language
that is required by the IRS to be included in your Articles of Incorporation. Complete the Articles of Incorporation with Non-Profit
IRS Attachment (Form CD-1NP) instead of completing this application.]
FOR PROFIT
9. FOR PROFIT ONLY (capital stock must be issued for a profit corporation):
The total value of all authorized capital stock of the corporation will be $
.
(number of shares x $ value per share)
The capital stock will be divided into
shares at the par value of $
per share.
(number of shares)
($ value)
10. a. The purpose for which this corporation is formed is as follows:
[In the space below, describe the type(s) of business activity which
will be conducted, for example, “agricultural production of grain and poultry,” “construction of residential and commercial buildings."
Purpose may conclude with words “…including the transaction of any or all lawful business for which corporations may be incorporated in
West Virginia.”
*NOTE
- "Professional" business organizations must attach to this application the completed Verification of Eligibility
(Form VOE) authorized and signed by your professional state licensing board (see attached instructions and
CHECK BOX
below).
Professional business organizations (physicians, attorneys, engineers, CPA's, etc.):
CHECK BOX
indicating you have
attached the state licensing board Verification of Eligibility (Form VOE) to this application if your profession meets the
requirements as defined by Chapter 30 of the WV Code. See Section 10 of the attached instructions for a list of professions.
Your application will be rejected if the VOE is not signed by the board and attached.
b. Will the above purpose include any business activity conducted as a consumer litigation financier pursuant to WV Code
§46A-6N?
[By checking "Yes," the applicant affirms the above purpose includes the required statement that the
Yes
organization shall be designated as a litigation financier pursuant to WV Code
. You are also affirming
§46A-6N
that you have included with this application an original completed copy of the required
Application for Registration
as a Litigation Financier
(Form LF-1) with the associated requisite filing fee.]
No [Proceed to 10c.]
c. Will the incorporation elect to be organized for purposes as a “Benefit Corporation” per West Virginia Code §31F? ONLY
applicable to "FOR PROFIT" corporations; "NON-PROFIT" corporations CANNOT elect this status.
Yes
[If "Yes," the corporation must be formed FOR PROFIT and the purpose(s) indicated in Section 10a. above must
include a "general public benefit" as set forth in §31F-3-301(a) of the West Virginia Code. Per §31F-1-102(c),
“general public benefit” means “a material positive impact on society and the environment taken as a whole, as
measured by a third-party standard, from the business and operations of a benefit corporation."].
No [Proceed to 10d.]
d. Is the business a Scrap Metal Dealer?
Yes [If "Yes," you must complete the Scrap Metal Dealer Registration Form (Form SMD-1) and proceed to Section 11.]
No [Proceed to Section 11.]
11. FOR NON-PROFIT ONLY (Check the statement that applies to your entity.):
Corporation will have NO MEMBERS. Proceed to Section 12.
Corporation will have MEMBERS. See
*Required
note continued on next page.
WEST VIRGINIA ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
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11. FOR NON-PROFIT ONLY (Continued):
*Required:
If the corporation has ONE OR MORE CLASSES OF MEMBERS, the designation of a class or classes is to be set forth in
the articles of incorporation and the manner of election or appointment and the qualifications and rights of the members of each class
is to be set forth in the articles of incorporation or bylaws. If this applies to your entity then you will need to attach a separate sheet
listing the above required information, unless it will fit in the space provided below. Otherwise, you may indicate below, "The required
member information will be provided in the Bylaws."
12. The name(s) and address(es) of the incorporator(s) is (You must list at least ONE incorporator; attach additional pages if
necessary.):
Name
Address
City
State
Zip Code
a)
b)
13. Is the organization a "veteran-owned" organization?
Effective JULY 1, 2015, to meet the requirements for a “veteran-owned” organization, the entity filing the registration must
meet the following criteria per West Virginia Code §59-1-2a:
1. A “veteran” must be honorably discharged or under honorable conditions, and
2. A “veteran-owned business” means a business that meets one of the following criteria:
o Is at least fifty-one percent (51%) unconditionally owned by one or more veterans; or
o In the case of a publicly owned business, at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the stock is unconditionally owned by one or
more veterans.
Yes
CHECK BOX
(If "Yes," attach Form DD214)
indicating you have attached Veteran Affairs Form DD214
National Personnel Records Center
You may obtain a copy
No
Military Personnel Records
of your Veterans Affairs
1 Archives Drive
Form DD214 by
St. Louis, MO 63138
contacting:
Toll free: 1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272
Phone: 314-801-0800
www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
Per WV Code 59-1-2(j) effective July 1, 2015, the registration fee is waived for entities that meet the requirements as a "veteran-owned"
organization. See attached instructions to determine if the organization qualifies for this waiver. In addition, a "veteran-owned" entity will
have four (4) consecutive years of Annual Report fees waived AFTER the organization's initial formation [see WV Code 59-1-2a(m)].
14. The number of acres of land it holds or expects to hold in West Virginia is:
15. Contact and Signature Information* (See below Important Legal Notice Regarding Signature):
a. Contact person to reach in case there is a problem with filing:
Phone:
b. Print name of person who is signing articles of incorporation:
c. Signature of Incorporator:
Date:
*Important Legal Notice Regarding Signature: Per West Virginia Code §31D-1-129. Penalty for signing false document. Any person who
signs a document he or she knows is false in any material respect and knows that the document is to be delivered to the secretary of state for filing is
guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or confined in the county or regional jail not
more than one year, or both.
Important Note: This form is a public document. Please do NOT provide any personal identifiable information on this form such as social
security number, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, tax identification or driver's license numbers.
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
BEFORE you fill out the application: The corporate name you select will be approved only if it is available - that is, if the name is not the same as and is
distinguishable from any other name which has been reserved or filed. If you prepare corporate papers without applying for and receiving a name reservation, you do
so at your own risk. A telephone check on availability of a name is NOT a guarantee the name will be available once we receive the application. You may apply for a
name reservation in writing, accompanied by a $15 fee payable to the Secretary of State, mailed to the address on the top of the application. Once approved, the name
will be held for 120 days.
Section 1.
Enter the exact name of the corporation, and be sure to include one of the required terms, “corporation,” “company,” “incorporated,”
“limited,” or an abbreviation of one of these terms. Remember, the name that is on your certificate of incorporation is your official name and must be used in its
entirety when in use unless you file a trade name registration with the Office of the Secretary of State. Failure to do so could result in a fine or imprisonment.
Section 2.
The principal office may be located within West Virginia or another state. List the address of the principal office. You may change your principal
office address by filing with the Secretary of State an application to appoint or change address, agent or officers [Form AAO] (fee $15).
Section 3.
A West Virginia domestic corporation may have a physical location as the principal place of business within the state. Give the street address, city,
zip and county in WV, if any. You may change your principal office address by filing with the Secretary of State an application to appoint or change address, agent or
officers [Form AAO] (fee $15).
Section 4.
Unless you name a person or business as “agent of process” who can receive service of a summons or complaint, legal process will go to the address
listed in #2. You may change “agent of process” by filing with the Secretary of State an application to appoint or change address, agent or officers [Form AAO] (fee
$15).
Section 5.
List an e-mail address (yourname@domainname.com) where you can receive important e-mail notifications (e.g., Annual Report notices).
Section 6.
List the website address (domainname.com) of the business, if any. DO NOT list a physical mailing address.
Section 7.
Indicate whether or not you own or operate more than one business in West Virginia. If “Yes"...
a. List the total number of businesses in West Virginia in the space provided.
b. List the total number of counties in West Virginia in which the businesses conduct operations.
Section 8. In a non-profit corporation, no funds of the corporation may be distributed to members, directors or officers. Non-profit status will not be granted by
the Tax Department until IRS 501(c) status is approved. If you plan to apply for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, you will need to include specific language required
by the IRS to be included in your Articles of Incorporation. That required language statement is provided as an attachment to the Form CD-1NP application [see last
page of the document]. Be sure to include this attachment when submitting your Articles of Incorporation if this applies to your entity. In a for-profit corporation, the
the assets and profits of the corporation “belong to” the shareholders, and can be distributed to them. Check the appropriate box.
Section 9.
When a for-profit corporation is formed, this statement sets the total value of all authorized capital stock, and how it is divided into shares. (Calculation
example: 100 shares x $10 per share = $1,000 total value.) It does not necessarily reflect the money put into the corporation. The number of shares must be listed, but
may be increased later.
Section 10.
a.
It is required you describe the purpose [i.e., principal activity to be conducted by the business] of the corporation clearly to ensure you receive all
the necessary information about registering with the required state agencies. Attach an additional page if necessary. Only the following professions listed below under
the specified articles of Chapter 30 of West Virginia Code may register as a "professional" business organization.
Attorneys-at-law
[Article
2]
Physicians & Podiatrists
[Article
3]
Dentists
[Article
4]
Optometrists
[Article
8]
Accountants
[Article
9]
Veterinarians
[Article
10]
Architects
[Article
12]
Engineers
[Article
13]
Land Surveyors
[Article
13a]
Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons
[Article
14]
Chiropractors
[Article
16]
Psychologists
[Article
21]
Social Workers
[Article
30]
Acupuncturists
[Article
36]
***Important***
Professional business organizations:
CHECK BOX
indicating you have attached Verification of Eligibility (Form VOE) to these Articles if your
profession meets the requirements as defined by
Chapter 30
of the WV Code. The Secretary of State cannot complete your filing until verification is received
from the appropriate state licensing board. Your application will be rejected if the VOE is not signed by the board and attached to this application.
b. If "No," proceed to Section 10c. If "Yes," the above purpose includes any business activity conducted as a consumer litigation financier, pursuant
to WV Code §46A-6N, the organization must register as a litigation financier by completing and submitting to Secretary of State an original copy of the Application
for Registration as a Litigation Financier (Form LF-1) and pay the associated requisite filing fee. If this applies to your organization, check the "Yes" box to include
in your purpose the required statement that the organization shall be designated as a litigation financier.
If “No,” proceed to Section 10d. If “Yes,” and the FOR PROFIT incorporation elects to be organized for purposes as a “Benefit Corporation,”
c.
per West Virginia Code §31F-3-301 (NON-PROFIT corporations CANNOT elect this status), the purpose listed in Section 10a. above must clearly state as one of
its purposes the purpose of creating a “general public benefit.” You must indicate as one of its purposes stated in Section 10a. above the purpose of creating a
“general public benefit” as set forth in §31F-3-301(a) of the West Virginia Code. A “general public benefit” means “a material positive impact on society and the
environment taken as a whole, as measured by a third-party standard, from the business and operations of a benefit corporation,” [see West Virginia Code
§31F-1-102(c)]. This purpose is in addition to its principal business purpose stated under §31D-3-302 of the West Virginia Code. It may also identify one or
more “specific public benefits” that it is the purpose of the corporation to create. Per West Virginia Code §31F-1-102(e) “specific public benefit” means “a benefit that
serves one or more public welfare, religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes, or other purposes or benefit beyond the strict interest of the
shareholders of the benefit corporation, including:
(1) Providing low-income or under served individuals or communities with beneficial products or services;
(2) Promoting economic opportunity for individuals or communities beyond the creation of jobs in the normal course of business;
(3) Preserving or improving the environment;
(4) Improving human health;
(5) Promoting the arts, sciences or advancement of knowledge;
(6) Increasing the flow of capital to entities with a public benefit purpose; and
(7) Conferring any other particular benefit on society or the environment.”
d. If the business activities include “Scrap Metal Dealer”, check “Yes” and complete the Scrap Metal Dealer Registration Form (Form SMD-1)
[per revised West Virginia Business Code §61-3-49-(b)(4)] and submit with your application. Proceed to Section 11. If “No,” proceed to Section 11.
Section 11.
Only those forming a non-profit entity would complete this section. Attach additional pages, if necessary.
Section 12.
The incorporators (one or more persons or a domestic or foreign corporation) are the persons or entities who set up the corporation. They need not
own shares in nor run the corporation.
Section 13.
Check the appropriate box indicating whether or not the organization is "veteran-owned." Effective JULY 1, 2015, the following criteria must be met
in order to qualify as a "veteran-owned" entity: (1) veteran must be "honorably discharged or under honorable conditions;" and (2) if a publicly-owned entity, at least
fifty-one per cent (51%) of the stock must be unconditionally owned by one or more veterans [see WV Code 59-1-2a(12)-(13)(A)(B)]. If "Yes," you must provide
proof of veteran status by including with this application a copy of your Veteran Affairs Form DD214.
Section 14.
Enter the number of acres the company desires to hold in West Virginia. If your company holds more than 10,000 acres of land, you must submit a fee
of 5¢ for each acre over 10,000.
Section 15.
AN INCORPORATOR MUST SIGN THE APPLICATION. Listing a contact person and phone number is optional, however listing a person to
contact in case of a problem with filing may help to speed the filing process along and avoid possible rejection of the document. The application will be returned to
you as incomplete without a signature.
ANNUAL REPORT NOTICE:
WV Code 59-1-2a. requires every corporation (both for profit and non-profit) to file an annual report and pay the annual report filing fee between
January 1 and July 1 of each year following the calendar year in which the business was registered with the Office of the Secretary of State. The $25 annual
report fee is waived for Veteran-owned entities for the following four (4) years after initial formation [see WV Code 59-1-2a(m)]. Failure to file may result in
revocation of the organization's legal authority to transact business in the state. Notification of the filing requirement will be sent, but the company is
responsible for filing the annual report as required by WV Code. You may file the annual report online at https://onestop.wv.gov.
West Virginia Code §31F-5-501 requires every “benefit corporation,” as described in Section 9b. above, to prepare an annual benefit report
(separate and unrelated to the Secretary of State Annual Report referenced above) made available annually to each shareholder of the benefit corporation.
See West Virginia Code §31F-5-501 for further information regarding the “Annual Benefit Report.”
FILING THE ARTICLES - ONE ORIGINAL REQUIRED - AND PAYING THE FEE
Send an additional original if you want a filed date-stamped copy returned to you at no additional cost.
The filing fee will consist of paying a registration fee and excess acreage fee, if applicable.
If requesting a certified copy, an additional fee of $15 per certified copy requested is required.
.
For Profit Corporations - $100
*
Effective July 7, 2017 per WV Code §59-1-2
Non-Profit Corporations - $25
**
Veteran-owned entity registration FEE WAIVED - $0
Registration
fee*
_______________
[Registration fee is waived for "veteran-owned" entity effective July 1, 2015 per WV Code
59-1-2(j); Be sure to attach the veteran proof of status Veteran Affairs Form DD214
when claiming "veteran-owned" status.]
Excess Acreage fee:
+_______________
Expedite Fee is additional if requesting expedite service. See Customer Order Request
form for more information.
$15 per certified copy: +_______________
Total fee:
=_______________
**** Make your checks payable to West Virginia Secretary of State. ****
TEXT ALERTS: Stay up-to-date regarding filing deadlines and changes to business, charity, notary, private investigation, and security guard laws. To sign up, go to
www. wvsos.gov.
CHARITABLE REGISTRATION: If your company receives contributions, donations or grants, registration as a charitable organization may be required. Contact
our office for more information or visit our website at www.wvsos.gov.
DISSOLUTION: A corporation is a legal entity which can only be dissolved through formal action by filing the necessary documents for dissolution - not by a letter
or phone call. You remain liable for all taxes, assessments, fines, penalties and interest until you receive a certificate of dissolution from the Secretary of State. Contact
us for more information.
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