How to Form an LLC in Ohio


Congratulations on deciding to form an LLC in Ohio! While it’s not the most straightforward process, it can be done with some patience and diligence. Here are the steps you should take:

Choose a name for your LLC.

The next step is to choose a name for your LLC. A unique name will help people remember you, but if it is too similar to another business or organization in the area, it could lead to confusion among customers. It’s best to avoid using names that are too long or short. Also be sure not to use offensive or vulgar words in any way (such as “asshole”).

When choosing a company name, make sure it isn’t similar to other businesses with the same product or service and does not contain trademarks owned by others without permission from them

Appoint a registered agent.

You are required to have a registered agent appointed for your LLC. A registered agent is a person or business that is authorized to receive legal and tax documents on behalf of the LLC. You can appoint either an individual, an attorney, a law firm or a commercial service as your registered agent. The only caveat with appointing an individual as your registered agent is that they must be located in Ohio.

You do not need to worry about paying any additional fees for using one of these options when forming an LLC in Ohio; it’s included in our affordable flat fee rate!

File formation documents with the secretary of state’s office.

The secretary of state’s office handles filings for LLCs, so you’ll want to file your formation documents with them. You’ll need to file the Articles of Organization, Certificate of Formation, and Annual Report. Additionally, you may want to file an amendment to your articles if any changes are made in the future.

To start the process, visit the Secretary of State website and choose “Corporations” under “Business Entities.” You can then select “Limited Liability Companies” from the drop-down menu at the top right corner. On this page you will find links that direct you through all necessary steps (including where to get an EIN number). This information will take some time but is easy enough for anyone who has done even basic filing before.

Create an operating agreement.

An operating agreement is a company’s constitution. It’s the document that spells out how decisions will be made, who will be responsible for what tasks and when, and other details about how you want your LLC to operate. You can also use it to include any special rules or procedures that apply only within your LLC, such as a rule about taking vacations.

It’s important to get everyone on board with whatever terms you decide upon for your operating agreement because: 1) these things matter! They’ll affect how much money the company makes (or loses) and 2) if someone disagrees with the way things are going down, they have an easy way of saying so by filing their own lawsuit against you in court (and potentially winning).

Here are some issues we recommend addressing in your Ohio-specific operating agreements:

Apply for an employer identification number (EIN) from the IRS.

The EIN is a unique nine-digit identifier that all businesses must have. It’s used for tax purposes and to create bank accounts, among other things. To get an EIN, you have to fill out Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number. You can request an EIN online or by mailing a completed form to the IRS (see Section 3 for more details).

Once you receive your EIN from the IRS, write it on any forms where it’s requested.

Register with the Ohio Department of Taxation and open a bank account.

  • Register with the Ohio Department of Taxation
  • Open a business bank account

The first step in setting up your LLC is to register it with the Ohio Department of Taxation. You can do this by downloading and submitting Form BD-105, “Application for Certificate of Registration” (PDF). The form must be signed by all members/owners and notarized before submission. This can take up to two weeks but might be quicker if you have an expedited service selected when submitting your application online. Once approved, you will receive a certificate of registration number that acts as proof that your business exists legally in Ohio.

Once this has been completed, it’s time to open a bank account so funds can be deposited into it from customers and other sources like loans or investments from friends or family members interested in helping out their new venture!

Forming an LLC in Ohio takes patience and diligence, but it can be done.

The process of forming an LLC in Ohio takes patience and diligence. It’s a good idea to get help from an attorney, especially if this is your first time forming a business. A lawyer can help you make sure the paperwork is completed correctly and ensure that your LLC will be recognized by the state of Ohio.

You can start with a free template for an LLC and then tweak it according to your needs.


Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to forming an LLC in Ohio!

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