Last Updated: May 22, 2024, 2:22 pm by TRUiC Team

How to File the Ohio LLC Articles of Organization

The Ohio Articles of Organization is the LLC form you fill out and file with the state to form an LLC.

Follow the steps in our How to File the Ohio LLC Articles of Organization guide below to get started.

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Learn how to file your articles of organization in Ohio.

Filing the Ohio Articles of Organization Is Easy!

We'll take you through three easy steps for filing the Ohio LLC Articles of Organization.

  1. Get Your Articles of Organization Forms
  2. Fill out the Articles of Organization
  3. File the Articles of Organization

diagram showing the steps for how to file the L L C Articles of Organization

Step 1: Get Your Articles of Organization Forms

You can download and mail in your Ohio Articles of Organization, OR you can create an account and file online. For this first step, choose your preferred method below.

Get Your Ohio Articles of Organization

OPTION 1: Create an account with the Ohio Secretary of State. From the user landing page, select “File a New Business or Register Name” and choose “Limited Liability Company (Ohio)” from the dropdown.

Create Account

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OPTION 2: Download the Articles of Organization PDF from the Ohio Secretary of State website. This form will need to be mailed to the Secretary of State.

Download PDF

Step 2: Fill Out the Articles of Organization

In this step, we will help you complete the Ohio Articles of Organization form. 

You will need to know the following information to complete the form:

  1. Entity Name
  2. Statutory Agent Name and Registered Office Address
  3. Effective Date and Period of Existence
  4. Business Purpose

Entity Name

Having a creative and smart business name is important but not as important as having a legally correct name.

When you choose a name for your business, you have to make sure the name:

  • meets Ohio naming guidelines.
  • is not already in use by another business in Ohio.

Follow the Ohio Naming Guidelines:

  • Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or one of the following: LLC, L.L.C., limited, ltd., or ltd.
  • Your name cannot contain profanity or words or phrases that are generally considered a slur against an ethnic group, religion, gender, or heredity.
  • Your name cannot incorrectly or improperly imply that the business is affiliated with a government agency.
  • Your name cannot include any of the following words without prior approval from the superintendent of financial institutions: bank, banker, banking, trust, or words of similar meaning in any other language.
  • Your name cannot include the following unless the LLC is registered as a cooperative: cooperative, coop, co-operative, or co-op.
  • Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state. This includes Ohio reserved names.

Check Name Availability:

Is your name available in Ohio? Make sure the name you want isn't already taken by doing a name search on the Ohio Secretary of State website.

To learn more about naming your business, including best practices and creative branding, visit our How to Name a Business in Ohio guide.

Not sure what to name your business? Check out our Business Name Generator.

Register Your Domain Name:

We recommend checking to see if your business name is available as a web domain. Even if you don't plan to make a business website today, you may want to buy the URL in order to prevent others from acquiring it.

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Statutory Agent

A statutory agent, known as a registered agent in most states, accepts and sends legal documents on your LLC’s behalf. When you register your Ohio LLC, you are required to list your statutory agent.

Your statutory agent can be anyone 18 years or older that lives in Ohio. Your statutory agent must always be available at the registered office during regular business hours.

Your registered office address cannot be a P.O. box.

To learn more about choosing an Ohio statutory agent, read our How to Choose an Ohio Registered Agent guide.

To learn more about what a registered agent does and how to choose one, read our What is a Registered Agent guide.

Effective Date and Period of Existence (optional)

You can provide the date of when you would like the Articles of Organization to take effect and also a planned dissolution date if your LLC has one.

Purpose (optional)

In Ohio, you can form a limited liability company for any legal or non-prohibited activity. You can list your business purpose here if you choose to.

Keep in mind that a business purpose that involves licensing, tax-exemption, or tax-deductible status requires specific language from the IRS or a professional license.

Step 3: File the Articles of Organization

To register your LLC, you will need to file the Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State.

There are two ways to file your Articles of Organization:

  • Complete the form online.
  • Submit a hard copy by mail.

File the Ohio Articles of Organization

OPTION 1: Create or log into your account with the Ohio Secretary of State. From the user landing page, select “File a New Business or Register Name” and choose “Limited Liability Company (Ohio)” from the dropdown. Then, fill out the required fields and submit.

File Online

- OR -

OPTION 2: Download and mail in the Articles of Organization to the Ohio Secretary of State.

Download PDF

State Filing Cost: $99

Mail to:
P.O. Box 670
Columbus, OH 43216

Expedited Filing:
P.O. Box 1390
Columbus, OH 43216

Turnaround Time: Standard processing time for filings by mail is 3-7 business days, but this can be expedited for an additional fee.

Steps After Your Ohio LLC is Officially Formed

Once you’ve filed your Articles of Organization, you should take the following steps:

Create an Operating Agreement

An Ohio LLC operating agreement is a legal document that outlines the ownership structure and member roles of your LLC.

In Ohio, you aren’t required to have an Operating Agreement to officially form an LLC, but it's still a good idea to have one. You can start your operating agreement before, during, or after you file your Articles of Organization.

Your operating agreement will be kept in your LLC’s private business records; you do not file it with the state.

Use our free Operating Agreement Tool to draft a customized operating agreement for your LLC.

Get an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is like a social security number for your LLC. You will need an EIN if you want to hire employees or open business bank accounts.

You can get your EIN for free through the IRS website, via fax, or by mail. If you would like to learn more about EINs and how they can benefit your LLC, read our What is an EIN article.

Open a Business Bank Account

Using dedicated business banking and credit accounts is essential to protect your business' corporate veil. When your personal and business accounts are mixed, your personal assets (your home, car, and other valuables) are at risk in the event your LLC is sued.

For reviews on some of our most trusted business banks, visit our Best Banks for Small Business review.

Get Licenses and Permits

When you are registering an LLC, you need to determine if your business needs any licenses or permits to remain compliant. On the federal level, there are a handful of business activities that require licenses or permits.

Find out how to obtain necessary licenses and permits for your business or have a professional service do it for you:

State of Ohio Quick Links

Ohio Online Business Filing

Ohio Business Gateway

Ohio Business Forms and Fees

Brand Your Business

The strongest and most memorable businesses are built on a solid brand. When developing your brand, think about what your business stands for. Customers and clients are looking for companies that have a compelling brand, as much as they are shopping for high-quality products and services.

Creating a logo for your business is vital for increasing brand awareness. You can design your own unique logo using our Free Logo Generator. Our free tool can help you design your own unique logo for your new business idea.