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OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE: CORPORATIONS AND LLC'S

1. First, register with the Ohio Secretary of State.

Registration information as well as forms are available online or at (877) SOS-FILE.

2. Contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN).

Additional information and an online application are available atwww.irs.gov under Businesses.

3. Then, open a Bank Account.

You will need your EIN to open a bank account.

4. Contact the Ohio Department of Taxation.

Register with the Ohio Department of Taxation at www.tax.ohio.gov. The Ohio Department of Taxation can assist businesses in determining state and local tax obligations.

5. Report Newly Hired and Re-Hired Employees to the Ohio New Hire Reporting Center.

Report employee information at www.OH-NewHire.com. More information can be obtained by contacting the Ohio New Reporting Center at (888) 872-1490.

6. Contact the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

If your business or organization has an employee or employees visitwww.ohiobwc.com under Ohio Employers.

7. Contact the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Employers may be required to establish an Unemployment Compensation Tax Account with the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services. Visit www.jfs.ohio.gov under "mployers.

8. Finally, obtain the proper licenses and permits.

The Ohio Business Gateway, www.business.ohio.gov, Licenses and Permits page provides a list of professional licenses and business permits necessary to do business in Ohio. Contact your county and local government to determine if any special requirements exist for your type of business.
 

Special Considerations for Nonprofit Organizations

Apply for Tax Exemption. Visit www.irs.gov to apply to become a tax-exempt organization. Also, contact the Ohio Department of Taxation and your county and local governments to determine how to apply for applicable exemptions.

Contact the Ohio Attorney General If the Intent is to Engage in Solicitation Activities. Register with the Ohio Attorney General's office at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov before engaging in any solicitation activities for a nonprofit organization.

Apply for a Nonprofit Postal Permit. Apply for a nonprofit mailing permit from the United States Postal Service at www.usps.com.

OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE FORMS FOR CORPORATIONS AND LLC'S


 

Send non-expedite filings to the P.O. Box Number as listed in the table below, Columbus, OH 43216

Send multiple filings to:  

P.O. Box 788
Columbus, OH 43216

Send overnight express packages to:

Secretary of State
Business Services Division 
180 E. Broad St., 16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215 

All filings EXCEPT Certifications, Certified Copies and UCC filings can be expedited. Expedite filings require an additional fee which is stated within the instruction page of each of the forms below and may be taken to the Client Service Center, or mailed to P.O. Box 1390, Columbus, OH 43216 (mark envelopes as EXPEDITE).

DOMESTIC BUSINESS ENTITIES
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Filing fee overpayments of $10.00 or less will NOT be refunded.
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For-Profit Corporation

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

Date Updated

Initial Articles of Incorporation (PDF)

$125.00

532A

PO Box 670

March 2012

Statutory Agent Update (PDF)

$25.00

521

PO Box 788

November 2012

Multiple Agent Name and Address Change (PDF)

$125.00

526

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Certificate of Amendment (PDF)

$50.00

540

PO Box 1329

March 2012

Certificate of Dissolution

Effective May 4, 2012, only this form will be accepted by the Secretary of State's office.

$50.00 561 PO Box 1329 November 2012

Reinstatement & Appointment of Agent(PDF)

$25.00

525A

PO Box 788

February 2012

Nonprofit Corporation

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Initial Articles of Incorporation (PDF)

$125.00

532B

PO Box 670

March 2012

Certificate of Amendment (PDF)

$50.00

541

PO Box 1329

November 2012

Statutory Agent Update (PDF)

$25.00

521

PO Box 788

November 2012

Multiple Agent Name and Address Change (PDF)

$125.00

526

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Certificate of Dissolution (PDF)

$50.00

560

PO Box 1329

November 2012

Continued Existence of Nonprofit Corporation (PDF)

$25.00

522

PO Box 788

February 2012

Reinstatement (PDF)

$25.00

525B

PO Box 788

February 2012

Reinstatement & Appointment of Agent(PDF)

$25.00

525A

PO Box 788

February 2012

Professional Corporations

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Initial Articles of Incorporation (PDF)

$125.00

532C

PO Box 670

March 2012

Certificate of Amendment (PDF)

$50.00

540

PO Box 1329

March 2012

Statutory Agent Update (PDF)

$25.00

521

PO Box 788

November 2012

Multiple Agent Name and Address Change (PDF)

$125.00

526

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Reinstatement & Appointment of Agent(PDF)

$25.00

525A

PO Box 788

February 2012

Reinstatement (PDF)

$25.00

525B

PO Box 788

February 2012

Certificate of Dissolution

Effective May 4, 2012, only this form will be accepted by the Secretary of State's office.

$50.00 561 PO Box 1329 November 2012

Biennial Report (PDF)

$25.00

520

PO Box 788

February 2012

Limited Liability Companies

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Articles of Organization for a Domestic Limited Liability Company (PDF)

$125.00

533A

PO Box 670

November 2012

Domestic Limited Liability Company Certificate of Amendment or Restatement(PDF)

$50.00

543A

PO Box 1329

November 2012

Statutory Agent Update (PDF)

$25.00

521

PO Box 788

November 2012

Multiple Agent Name and Address Change (PDF)

$125.00

526

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Certificate of Dissolution of Limited Liability Company/Cancellation of Foreign LLC (PDF)

$50.00

562

PO Box 1329

November 2012

Partnerships
 

Fee

Form#

PO Box #

 

Statement of Partnership Authority (PDF)

$125

535

PO Box 670

February 2012

Statutory Agent Update (Agent Resignation Only) (PDF)

$25.00

521

PO Box 788

November 2012

Amendment / Cancellation of Partnership Statement (PDF)

$25.00

545

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Statement of Correction (Corrected Statement) (PDF)

$50.00

566

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Statement of Denial / Dissociation / Dissolution (PDF)

$50.00

567

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Limited Partnership

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Certificate of Limited Partnership (PDF)

$125.00

531A

PO Box 670

February 2012

Certificate of Amendment / Reinstatement / Correction of Certificate of Limited Partnership (PDF)

$50.00

542

PO Box 1329

November 2012

Certificate of Disclaimer of General Partners Status / Certificate of Cancellation of Disclaimer of General Partner Status (PDF)

$50.00

570

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Statutory Agent Update (PDF)

$25.00

521

PO Box 788

November 2012

Multiple Agent Name and Address Change (PDF)

$125.00

526

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Certificate of Limited Partnership Cancellation / Limited Partnership Cancellation Amendment (PDF)

$50.00

563

PO Box 1329

November 2012

Limited Liability Partnership (ORC 1776)
 

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Statement of Domestic Qualification(PDF)

$125.00

536

PO Box 670

February 2012

Amendment / Cancellation of Partnership(PDF)

$25.00

545

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Statement of Correction (Corrected Statement) (PDF)

$50.00

566

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Biennial Report (PDF)

$25.00

520

PO Box 788

February 2012

Statement of Denial / Dissociation / Dissolution (PDF)

$50.00

567

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Reinstatement (PDF)

$25.00

525B

PO Box 788

February 2012

Unincorporated Nonprofit Association

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

Date Updated
Agent Notification Form for Unincorporated Nonprofit Associations(PDF)

$25

580

PO Box 670

May 2012

Notice of Dissolution for Unincorporated Nonprofit Associations (PDF)

$25

581

PO Box 1329

May 2012

FOREIGN BUSINESS ENTITIES
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Filing fee overpayments of $10.00 or less will NOT be refunded.
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For-Profit Corporations

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

Date Updated

Foreign For-Profit Corporation Application for License (PDF)

$125.00

530A

PO Box 670

February 2012

Certificate of Amendment to Foreign Corporation Application for License (PDF)

$50.00

565

PO Box 1329

March 2012

Statutory Agent Update (PDF)

$25.00

521

PO Box 788

November 2012

Multiple Agent Name and Address Change (PDF)

$125.00

526

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Reinstatement & Appointment of Agent(PDF)

$25.00

525A

PO Box 788

February 2012

Certificate of Surrender of Foreign Licensed Corporation (PDF)

$50.00

564

PO Box 1329

March 2012

Resolution of Foreign Entity to Qualify under an Assumed Name (PDF)

$0.00

591

Submit with filing

February 2012

Statement Under 1703.17 (PDF)

$50.00

592

P.O. Box 1329

February 2012

Nonprofit Corporations

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Foreign Nonprofit Corporation Application for License

$125.00

530B

PO Box 670

February 2012

Certificate of Amendment to Foreign Corporation Application for License (PDF)

$50.00

565

PO Box 1329

 

Statutory Agent Update (PDF)

$25.00

521

PO Box 788

November 2012

Multiple Agent Name and Address Change (PDF)

$125.00

526

PO Box 788

February 2012

Reinstatement (PDF)

$25.00

525B

PO Box 788

February 2012

Reinstatement & Appointment of Agent(PDF)

$25.00

525A

PO Box 788

February 2012

Certificate of Surrender of Foreign Licensed Corporation (PDF)

$50.00

564

PO Box 1329

March 2012

Resolution of Foreign Entity to Qualify under an Assumed Name (PDF)

$0.00

591

Submit with filing

February 2012

Continued Existence of Nonprofit Corporation (PDF)

$25.00

522

PO Box 788

February 2012

Statement Under 1703.17 (PDF)

$50.00

592

P.O. Box 1329

February 2012

Registration of Corporation Name

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Registration of Corporation Name

$50.00/
$25.00

530C

PO Box 670

February 2012

Limited Liability Companies

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Registration of a Foreign Limited Liability Company (PDF)

$125.00

533B

PO Box 670

November 2012

Foreign Limited Liability Company Certificate of Correction (PDF)

$50.00

543B

PO Box 1329

November 2012

Certificate of Dissolution of Limited Liability Company/Cancellation of Foreign LLC (PDF)

$50.00

562

PO Box 1329

November 2012

Partnerships

Fee

Form#

PO Box #

 

Statement of Partnership Authority (PDF)

$125

535

PO Box 670

February 2012

Statutory Agent Update (Agent Resignation Only) (PDF)

$25.00

521

PO Box 788

November 2012

Amendment / Cancellation of Partnership Statement (PDF)

$25.00

545

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Statement of Correction (Corrected Statement) (PDF)

$50.00

566

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Statement of Denial / Dissociation / Dissolution (PDF)

$50.00

567

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Limited Partnership

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Certificate of Foreign Limited Partnership(PDF)

$125.00

531B

PO Box 670

November 2012

Certificate of Amendment / Reinstatement / Correction of Certificate of Limited Partnership (PDF)

$50.00

542

PO Box 1329

November 2012

Certificate of Disclaimer of General Partners Status / Certificate of Cancellation of Disclaimer of General Partner Status (PDF)

$50.00

570

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Statutory Agent Update (PDF)

$25.00

521

PO Box 788

November 2012

Multiple Agent Name and Address Change (PDF)

$125.00

526

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Certificate of Limited Partnership Cancellation / Limited Partnership Cancellation Amendment (PDF)

$50.00

563

PO Box 1329

November 2012

Limited Liability Partnership (ORC 1776)
 

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Statement of Foreign Qualification (PDF)

$125.00

537

PO Box 670

February 2012

Amendment / Cancellation of Partnership(PDF)

$25.00

545

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Statement of Correction (Corrected Statement) (PDF)

$50.00

566

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Biennial Report (PDF)

$25.00

520

PO Box 788

February 2012

Statement of Denial / Dissociation / Dissolution (PDF)

$50.00

567

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Reinstatement (PDF)

$25.00

525B

PO Box 788

February 2012

COOPERATIVES
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Cooperatives

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

Date Updated

Initial Articles of Incorporation(PDF)

$125.00

600

PO Box 670

July 2012

Certificate of Amendment (PDF)

$25.00

601

PO Box 670

July 2012

Statutory Agent Update (PDF)

$25.00

521

PO Box 788

November 2012

Reinstatement (PDF)

$10.00

602

PO Box 788

November 2012

Dissolution (PDF)

$50.00

603

PO Box 1329

July 2012

NAME REGISTRATION
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Trade Name

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

Date Updated

Name Registration (PDF)

$50.00

534A

PO Box 670

November 2012

Trade Name or Fictitious Name Registration Update (PDF)

$25.00

524A

PO Box 788

February 2012

Renewal (PDF)

$25.00

523A

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Change of Registrant Name (PDF)

$25.00

558

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Fictitious Name

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Name Registration (PDF)

$50.00

534A

PO Box 670

November 2012

Trade Name or Fictitious Name Registration Update (PDF)

$25.00

524A

PO Box 788

February 2012

Renewal (PDF)

$25.00

523A

PO Box 788

February 2012

Change of Registrant Name (PDF)

$25.00

558

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Name Reservation

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Name Reservation/Transfer/Cancellation(PDF)

$50.00/$25.00

534B

PO Box 670

February 2012

FOREIGN NATIONALLY / FEDERALLY CHARTERED BANK
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Foreign / Nationally Chartered Banks

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

Date Updated

Notification for a Corporation That is a Bank, Savings Bank, or Savings and Loan Association Chartered Under the Laws of the United States

$25.00

552

PO Box 1329

May 2012

TRADEMARK / SERVICE MARK
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Trademark / Service Mark

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

Date Updated

Trade Mark/Service Mark Application

$125.00

555

PO Box 1329

May 2012

Renewal (PDF)

$25.00

523B

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Change of Registrant Name (PDF)

$25.00

558

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Trademark or Service Mark Registration Update (PDF)

$25.00

524B

PO Box 1329

February 2012

TRUST
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Business Trust

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

Date Updated

Statutory Agent Update (PDF)

$25.00

521

PO Box 788

November 2012

Report of Operation of Business Trust

$125.00

553

PO Box 1329

May 2012

Amendment to Report of Operation of Business Trust

$50.00

557

PO Box 1329

May 2012

Assignment & Application for Exclusive Rights or Name to a Business Trust

*$50.00

544

PO Box 1329

May 2012

Resolution of Withdrawal of Business Trust

$50.00

559

PO Box 1329

May 2012

 * Assignment of Name of Business Trust Fee is $25.00 

Real Estate Investment Trust

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

Date Updated

Report by Real Estate Investment Trust

$125.00

556

PO Box 1329

May 2012

Statutory Agent Update (PDF)

$25.00

521

PO Box 788

November 2012

Amendment to Report of Real Estate Investment Trust and/or Trust Instrument

$50.00

568

PO Box 1329

May 2012

Surrender of Authority - Real Estate Investment Trust

$50.00

569

PO Box 1329

May 2012

MERGERS & CONSOLIDATIONS & CONVERSIONS
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Mergers

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

Date Updated

Certificate of Merger (PDF)

$125.00

551

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Consolidations

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Certificate of Consolidation (PDF)

$125.00

550

PO Box 1329

February 2012

Conversions

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

 

Certificate of Conversion: FOR ENTITIES COVERTING WITHIN OR OFF THE RECORDS OF THE OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE (PDF)

$125.00

700

P.O. Box 1329

February 2012

Certificate of Conversion: FOR ENTITIES COVERTING INTO THE RECORDS OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE (PDF)

$125.00

800

P.O. Box 1329

February 2012

ADDITIONAL FORMS
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Fee

Form #

PO Box #

Date Updated

Consent for Use of Similar Name (PDF)

No Fee

590

Submit with filing

February 2012

Copy/Certificate Request (PDF)

**$5.00

500

P.O. Box 1329

February 2012

** $25.00 for a long form Good Standing and $5.00 for copies that contain over 100 pages.

SHARES FEE INFORMATION
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++ Refers to fee schedule

The filing fee for corporations authorizing one to 1,500 shares is $125.00. This is the minimum fee. For corporations authorizing more than 1,500 shares, the following additional fees apply. Filing fees are calculated on a graduated scale. Nonprofit entities never calculate filing fees based on shares.

Number of shares

Price per share

1 to 1,000

$.10 cents

1,001 to 10,000

$.05 cents

10,001 to 50,000

$.02 cents

50,001 to 100,000

$.01 cents

100,001 to 500,001

$.005 (1/2cents)

More than 500,000

$.0025 (1/4cents)

Use the Shares Calculator for assistance (xls)

UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE
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Type of Filing

Fee

Form #

PO Box #

Date Updated

Initial Financing Statement (UCC1)

$12.00

201

PO Box 669

 

Continuation, Assignment, Partial Release or Amendment (UCC3)

$12.00

202

PO Box 669

 

Search of files with each listing and copies of each record (UCC11)

$20.00

203

PO Box 669

 

Termination

$0.00

204

PO Box 669

 

Correction Statement

$12.00

205

PO Box 669

 

Rejection Standards

$0.00

206

N/A

 

Copy Search with Finance Statement Number (Max 5 Numbers per Request)

$5.00

207

PO Box 669

 

 

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