Form an LLC in Ohio

Form an LLC in Ohio

We make it fast and easy to form a Ohio LLC. Packages Start at $79. (plus state fees)

SunDoc Filings can file your Articles of Organization with the Ohio Secretary of State office. Let us navigate the bureaucratic filing process for you and take care of the basic details needed to form an LLC in Ohio.  We submit all our filings as soon as we receive them.  Unlike other filing companies, we treat all filings with our expedited procedure.


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Step 1: Check name availability
Determine your primary name and back up name choices for your Ohio entity. We highly recommend that you give us alternative choices to reduce the chance of rejection.
Step 2: Fill out our easy online order form to submit your articles of incorporation.
Our form will walk you through all required information.
Step 3: Specify Service Level and Service Options:
Select the appropriate filing packages or choose from the a la carte options.
Routine:  5 - 7 Business Days
Rush:  1 - 2 Business Days
We can have your documents filed and emailed to you the next day. Documents must be received by noon PST on the day of the filing. Please note that if any filing is rejected, the state fees are non-refundable. If you do not receive our email confirmation within one hour during normal business hours, please call us at 888-595-2747 to confirm your order.




Your filing is now on its way! If we receive your Ohio LLC's Articles of Organization by noon M-F, your filing will be submitted the same day it was received. The date submitted will become the file date of your new entity. The Secretary of State office will take at a few weeks to process routine orders. Keep in mind that if you mail the document to the state yourself, like many filing services do, you will have to wait SEVERAL MONTHS. When the state is approves your document, they will issue a state entity number and a certified copy We will immediately fax or email the filed document to you. We will return the certified copy via regular mail. FedEx is available for an additional fee.


Your Post-Filing Responsibilities

File a Statement of Information: After the Articles of Organization are filed, the Secretary of State requires that you file a Statement of Information. This includes the business address of the entity, the names and addresses of the members, the agent for service of process, and a brief description of the business. When we send you the certified (filed) copy of the Articles of Organization, we will include a Statement of Information form.  Add this to your order if you would like us to file it for you.

Employer Identification Number: If you would like, we can obtain your EIN for your new Ohio LLC. Simply add it to your order or fill out our online EIN order form and we will obtain the EIN within 24-48 hours.

Ohio LLC Kit: Our LLC Kits include a custom binder, 20 customized membership certificates, printed minutes, operating agreement, LLC seal embosser, and FedEx 2nd Day shipping. You can order the Ohio LLC kit at the time of filing or if you prefer, you can place the order individually at our Corporate/LLC Kit order page.



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Ohio LLC Formation Guidelines



The Limited Liability Company name must contain “limited liability company,” without any abbreviation or shall include one of the following abbreviations: “LLC,” “L.L.C.,” “limited,” “ltd.,” or “ltd”. Names may be reserved for a 180-day period. The state’s name reservation fee is $50.


Organizers / Members

The limited liability company can be formed by one (1) or more individuals. The limited liability company can be formed with one (1)or more members



The duration of the limited liability company shall be perpetual unless limited by the articles of organization or operating agreement.


Effective Date

An effective date may be provided but is not required. Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code §1705.04(A), the legal existence of a limited liability company begins upon filing the articles of organization with the Ohio Secretary of State office or on a later date specified in the articles. The effective date cannot (1) precede the date of filing with our office or (2) be more than ninety (90) days after the date of filing. If an effective date is given that precedes the date of filing, the effective date of the limited liability company will be the date of filing. If an effective date is given that exceeds the date of filing by more than ninety (90) days, our office will return the filing to you and request that a proper effective date be provided.


Record Keeping Requirements

The limited liability company must maintain an office, which may be but need not be a place of its business in Ohio or its registered office, where its records will be kept. We cannot provide this office.


Registered (Statutory)Agent & Registered Office

The limited liability company must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in Ohio. All business entities are required to appoint and maintain a statutory agent. This agent will be served any legal documents regarding your business entity and is responsible for sharing this information with you. As such, the agent should be chosen carefully. The statutory agent may be a natural person who is a resident of this state or may be a domestic corporation or a foreign corporation holding a license as such under the laws of this state, that is authorized by its articles of incorporation to act as such agent and that has a business address in this state. The business entity’s appointment must be filed with the Secretary of State’s Office. The filing should include a written acceptance of the appointment signed by the statutory agent along with his or her street address and ZIP code.  This appointment must be filed at the same time as the articles of incorporation. There is no fee associated with the original appointment of a statutory agent. In the event of a death, resignation or change of the statutory agent, the business entity must appoint a new one. The statutory agent’s address must again be registered with the Secretary of State’s office. Failure to do so may result in a cancellation of the business entity’s articles or its license to conduct business in Ohio. Banks, trust companies, insurance companies and any business entitiy defined under Ohio law as a public utility for taxation purposes are not required to appoint a statutory agent.


Operating Agreement

The members of a limited liability company may adopt and maintain a separate operating agreement. The agreement may contain any provisions regarding the affairs and conduct of the business of the company to the extent such provisions are not inconsistent with the laws of the Ohio or the Articles of Organization.


Filing Prcedures

Submit to the Secretary of State an executed original of the Articles of Organization.


Ongoing Requirements

Annual Report - There is an annual franchise tax report that must be received (postmarked) by the state of Ohio between January 1st and January 31st, unless an extension is filed.


License Requirements - Ohio requires most businesses to obtain a business license and pay a fee if operating in the state. Please check with the state to make sure your business is complying with the license requirements for your particular profession.




Ohio LLC Frequently Asked Questions


What is the benefit of using SunDoc Filings in Ohio? 
We visit the Ohio Secretary of State daily and submit all filings received by 12:00 noon that same day. We treat all of our filings on an expedited basis and do not charge extra fees unless mandated by the state. Many filing companies will simply mail in the filings unless you pay for "rush"  or premium services. The following guidelines are especially helpful if you are preparing your own Ohio Articles of Organization.

Questions about LLC Formation Guidelines?

How many members and managers are required in Ohio?
At least one member is required in Ohio.  
 What is a Registered Agent?
 A Registered Agent is an individual or a business designated to receive service of process (SOP) in the event a corporation is party to a lawsuit. For example, if your corporation is ever involved in a lawsuit, the plaintiff’s attorney and or the court will serve your corporation via a process server to inform you of the suit. State filing agencies require that a corporation designate a Registered Agent to receive the legal document from the process server. The Registered Agent must maintain a physical address (no P.O. Boxes or PMB’s) in the states of the corporations they represent. The Registered Agent is also required to be available at the physical address Monday through Friday during normal business hours to accept service of process. The name and address of the Registered Agent is a matter of public record.
Can SunDoc Filings help me obtain a Registered Agent?
Yes we can. SunDoc Filings helps companies fufill the Registered Agent requirement for a small annual fee. SunDoc Filings will appoint a Registered Agent to act on your company’s behalf and forward all service of process to you immediately. We provide this service in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More information
What are operating agreements and how do I obtain or prepare them?
A corporation's bylaws are the company's rules and regulations. For a Limited Liability Company, they are called an operating agreement. Sample bylaws are provided when you order a corporate or LLC kit. Companies do not file the bylaws or operating agreements with the Secretary of State. Instead, bylaws or operating agreements are kept with internal company records.

Questions about Incorporating?

How do I form an LLC in Ohio?
To form an LLC, a prospective company must prepare and file Articles of Organization with the state authorities. You must also pay filing fees and any applicable initial franchise taxes or other fees. The information required for Filing Articles of Organization varies by state and type of business. If you want to form your LLC through SunDoc Filings, just complete our order form online and we will prepare and file your Articles of Incorporation.  
Do I need an attorney to form an LLC in Ohio?
No. You can prepare and file the Articles of Organization yourself, but you should understand the requirements of your intended home state. If you are unsure if a business entity will benefit your business, or what business type you should form, you should consult an attorney or accountant.
In what state is it best for me to form an LLC?
Your home state is not always the best choice.  Some states offer better tax benefits than others, but keep in mind that legal matters must be settled in your state of incorporation.  Once again, if you are not sure, contact an attorney or CPA for advice.
Should I form an LLC or a Corporation in Ohio?
Corporations and LLCs are both excellent choices for business owners looking to minimize their personal liability and build credibility. Each entity offers distinctly different tax and business advantages and choosing the right one should be determined by your specific business needs. Your industry may also dictate the type of entity that can be formed. Contact a CPA or attorney for professional advice.
Corporations offer personal liability protection, tax savings and increased opportunities for raising capital. Corporations are required to perform certain duties such as holding annual meetings and keeping detailed corporate records (minutes). Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) offer the same personal liability protection as corporations, but with fewer requirements. LLCs also offer great tax flexibility. Members can choose to be taxed as either a traditional corporation or as a "pass-through" entity.
Do I need to file a DBA (assumed name) in Ohio?
Depending on your type of business entity, it may be required or recommended to file a DBA. A DBA (Doing Business As) or assumed name is the legal term for registering your business name. In some jurisdictions it is called a fictitious owner affidavit or fictitious business name. Its purpose is to prevent confusion and fraud in the marketplace. Because real names and addresses are required on the application, creditors and other interested parties can connect a business name to the actual owner of the business by looking up its DBA. Filing a DBA protects the public from fraudulent use of a name by preventing someone from hiding behind a business name. It also protects the registered business from others who might try to impersonate them by doing business under that name. A sole proprietorship is not always required to file for a DBA since an owner can operate under their actual name. However, this may cause difficulties when taxes are calculated because it can be hard to tell when a purchase was for the business and when it was for personal use. For accounting reasons, filing a DBA is recommended. Having a legal DBA name on file also means bank accounts and credit can be opened in that name. Simple partnerships have the same requirements as sole proprietorships and a DBA is not required if the business operates under the partners’ true names. A limited partnership does have to file for a DBA at the Secretary of State’s Office as part of the paperwork necessary to create a limited partnership. Other business structures – C Corp, S Corp, LLC – have name registration built into the formal process of the entity creation. The formal name in these cases will include Inc. or LLC or Corp. as part of the name to identify the type of business to the public. The local government authority (usually at the county level) will accept and register a DBA name. Although the requirements vary by jurisdiction, in general the owner or authorized representative personally fills out a form at the county treasurer's office. Other county departments that accept DBA applications are the County Register of Deeds or the Secretary of State.