Ohio Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your Ohio LLC.

Preparing and filing your articles of organization is the first step in starting your limited liability company (LLC). Approval of this document secures your business name and creates the legal entity of the LLC. Only after this approval can you obtain a Federal Tax ID (EIN), open a bank account, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.


Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of the members (owners) and managers
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
  • Adds credibility

Fast Facts

Agency:Ohio Secretary of State

533A: Articles of Organization for a Domestic Limited Liability Company


Guide to Starting a Limited Liability Company in Ohio

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, or online.

Agency Fee:

$99 + optional $50 preclearance + optional $100-300 expedite service


~3-7 business days. ~2 business days for $100 expedite fee. ~1 business day for $200 expedite fee. ~4 hours for $300 expedite fee and if delivered in-person by 1PM.


Ohio Revised Code - Chapter 1705: Limited Liability Companies

  • The registered agent must sign.
  • Preclearance Filing: For the purpose of advising as to the acceptability of the proposed filing, a form that is to be submitted at a later date for processing may be submitted for examination for a fee of $50.00. The Preclearance will be complete within 1-2 business days.
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