Ohio Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal

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.

Initial Application for Registration

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.

Renewal Filing

Agency:Ohio Secretary of State
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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