Ohio Secretary of State


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Contact Information

Physical address:
180 E. Broad St., 16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-466-2655 or 877-767-6446

Web: Home Name search Forms File online

Corporate Filings

We track the following filings with the Ohio Secretary of State in order to provide compliance services to our clients. We share this reference information with the general public as a courtesy. As a registered agent client, you get access to state templates pre-filled with our company information to help you save time looking up information.

Application for License

Agency:Ohio Secretary of State
Form:

530A: Foreign For-Profit Corporation Application for License

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$99

Law:

OH Rev Code § 1703.03

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of good standing dated within 90 days.

Fact Checked:3/25/21

Biennial Report

Agency:Ohio Secretary of State
Form:

Professional Association Annual Report

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

By July 1 of even-numbered years.

Law:

Ohio Code § 1785.06.

Penalties:

No late fee. Your business can be dissolved or revoked in a couple months.

Notes:
  • Only PCs that meet the definition of a professional association found in Ohio Revised Code § 1785.01(B) are required to file biennial reports.
  • An officer must file.
  • Original signatures are not required.
Fact Checked:1/11/21

Certificate of Good Standing

Agency:Ohio Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$5 for short form or $25 for long form.

Fact Checked:3/23/21

Foreign Registration

Agency:Ohio Secretary of State
Form:

533B: Registration of a Foreign LLC

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$99

Law:

OH Rev Code § 1705.54

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of good standing dated within 90 days.

Fact Checked:3/25/21

Statement of Continued Existence

Agency:Ohio Secretary of State
Form:

Statement of Continued Existence

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Every 5 years if no other filing has been submitted. Due by the end of the registration anniversary month. So if you incorporated or foreign-qualified on March 15, then your five-year report is due March 31.

Law:

Ohio Revised Code §§1702.59 and 1703.27 

Notes:
  • Two officers or three members must file.
  • Original signatures are not required.
Fact Checked:1/11/21

Statutory Agent

Agency:Ohio Secretary of State
Fact Checked:6/17/15

Trade Name or Fictitious Name

Agency:Ohio Secretary of State
Form:

Form 534A: Name Registration

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$39

Is registration mandatory?:

Filing a fictitious name registration is optional.

Law:

OH Code § 1329.01

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:

Fictitious names do not provide protection of name, but trade names must be distinguishable from previously registered marks and business names.

Notes:
  • Ohio offers the option of trade name and fictitious name registration.
  • Publication of registration is not required in Ohio.

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