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Ohio DBA / Fictitious Name / Trade Name Registrations

Registration requirements for Ohio business entities

Business entities that plan to use a name other than their legal business name may need to register an assumed name. Assumed name registration can take place at the state, local, or state and local levels of government. State specific registration information is available below.

Ohio Fictitious Name Registrations

Ohio Fictitious Name Registration

Is registration mandatory?

Filing a fictitious name registration is optional.

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?

Registration of a fictitious name does not offer name protection.

Agency:Ohio Secretary of State
Law:

OH Code § 1329.01

Notes:

A fictitious name is a name used in business or trade that the user has not registered as a trade name or is not entitled to register as a trade name. Registration of a fictitious name does not give the user any exclusive right to use the name.

Initial Registration
Fictitious Name

Form:

Form 534A: Name Registration

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$39

Turnaround:

3-7 business days, expedited services available. 

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

A fictitious name provides no protection because other registered names are not required to be distinguishable from a fictitious name.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Form 523A: Renewal of Trade or Fictitious Name Registration

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

The registration of a trade name or a report of a fictitious name is effective for five years. The registration must be renewed at some point within the six months before the registration expires.

Ohio Trade Name Registration

Is registration mandatory?

Filing a trade name registration is optional.

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?

Registration of a trade name prevents other entities from using the same name.

Agency:Ohio Secretary of State
Law:

OH Code § 1329.01

Notes:

A trade name is a name used in business or trade to designate the business of the user and to which the user asserts a right to exclusive use. A trade name must be distinguishable upon the record from other previously registered business names.

Initial Registration
Trade Name

Form:

Form 534A: Name Registration

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$39

Is registration mandatory?:

Filing a trade 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?:

All trade names are required to be distinguishable from previously registered trademarks, service marks and other business names.

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

Registration Renewal
Trade Name

Form:

Form 523A: Renewal of Trade or Fictitious Name Registration

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Due by the date of registration every 5 years.

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