Thank you for your interest in registering a business entity in the United States Virgin Islands. There are various types of business entities to choose which include Trade Name, Corporation (Domestic, Foreign, Non-profit, Foreign Non-profit, Professional, Foreign Professional, Trade and Labor, Foreign Trade and Labor, Cooperative, Foreign Cooperative, Exempt, Foreign Exempt, Economic Development, Virgin Islands Foreign Sales, and Alien), Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership, Limited Liability Limited Partnership, and Limited Liability Company. All business entity registrations with the exception of Exempt Limited Liability Companies shall be submitted to office using its online system, Catalyst, at www.corporationsandtrademarks.vi.gov which is available 24-hours 7-days a week.
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor through the Division of Corporations and Trademarks serves as the registry for all corporate filing in the United States Virgin Islands. This office files all corporate documents as required by the Virgin Islands Code (Titles 11, Chapter 21; 13; 14 Section 611; and 26) and provides information to the public on registration requirements, entity’s status, officers, directors, members, managers, resident agent, partners, sole proprietors, and other business purposes.
The division also maintain two other registries – Uniform Commercial Code (Title 11A) and Trademarks (Rules and Regulations 3§33). Lien records on file with the division include financing statements, notice of lien, and judgment liens. For trademarks, only federally registered instruments on file with the United States Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO) may be remitted for deposit to this office.
This information will help you as you begin to explore available business options. However, it cannot replace the specific knowledge and guidance that must be provided by an attorney and tax advisor as you make your own personal business decisions. This office does not serve any potential or current filers in those capacities. Therefore, you are encouraged to seek assistance, when necessary, as you move through this process from those experts.
Our experienced staff is always willing to assist you with any filing procedure. A list of frequently asked questions is provided to help you. The Division of Corporations and Trademarks of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor wishes you much success in your new business ventures.
The Division of Corporations and Trademarks has a new online system – Catalyst. Video Announcement
The Catalyst application allows business entities and trade names to easily submit payments and corporate documents online, as well as maintain business activity and history in one location, 24-hours, seven-days-a-week.
Using the registry allows the business community to:
Submit all forms and payments online
Request copies and certificates for immediate access
Perform online searches
Review returned forms for re-submission when applicable
Receive reminders of due dates for Annual Reports and Renewals
To conduct business, visit www.corporationsandtrademarks.vi.gov. Casual users may learn of general details of registered business entities and trade names to include the date of registration, entity type, status, resident agent with address, and principal office address by clicking on the Corporation Search button on the home page.
For new business entities and trade names, click on the link below to review the Catalyst instructions for registration.
Customers of the Division of Corporations and Trademarks may review the applicable sections of the Virgin Islands Code for the statutory requirements by visiting www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/vicode/. Review the location of the applicable statutes under the purview of the division.
Title 11, Chapter 21 – Trade Names
Title 11A, Article 9 – Uniform Commercial Code
Title 13 – Corporations and Limited Liability Companies
Title 14, Chapter 30, Section 611 – Alien Corporations
Title 26 – Partnerships
Rules and Regulations Title 3, Section 33 – Trademarks
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