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