Gov. L. Douglas Wilder took the first step toward a presidential bid Wednesday, unveiling his intention to explore the possibility of heading the Democratic ticket in 1992.

The governor, in a letter to Federal Elections Chairman John Warren McGarry, authorized the formation of the Wilder for President Exploratory Committee."This is simply to comply with federal regulations and to enable people who have been supportive to show their support," said Laura Dillard, Wilder's press secretary.

Wilder, 60, who gained national attention when he became the country's first black elected governor in 1989, has been a regular on the national Democratic circuit since his election.