West Virginia to charge fees to obtain some public filings

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginians soon will have to pay to obtain some public documents from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Beginning Sept. 4, the office will charge fees to obtain public filings for businesses and organizations. The filings include licenses, articles of incorporation, and certificates of dissolution.

These documents previously could be viewed online without charge. The Secretary of State’s Office removed all the filings from its website in June after one displayed an individual’s Social Security number.

Office spokesman Jake Glance tells the Charleston Daily Mail that some entities have requested a large amount of documents at one time since the online records were removed. He says that takes up staff members’ time and resources.

Glance says some information is still available online, such as a business’ current officers.

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