Ohio LLC Cost

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Ohio Filing Fees

How much is an LLC in Ohio? 💵

Ohio LLC Cost

The cost to file Articles of Organization for an LLC in Ohio is $99 whether filing online or by postal mail. This applies whether you’re filing for a domestic (in-state) or foreign (out-of-state) LLC.

Processing Time

Processing the filing usually takes between three and seven business days, though that will vary based on the volume of filings at the time.

Ohio does have options for expediting your LLC filing, though. For an additional $100, the filing will be processed within two business days of being received. An extra $200 will process it in one day, but this is only available to those who hand-deliver the form. A third option is to hand-deliver the form before 1 p.m. and have it processed within four hours for an extra $300.

Ohio also offers a “preclearance filing” for an additional $50. With this method, you submit the filing form ahead of the filing date you want so that it can be examined for its acceptability. This preclearance takes one to two business days.

Note that these and all fees listed in this article are accurate at the time of this writing, but fees frequently change. Check the Ohio Secretary of State website for the most current fee schedule.

Ohio LLC Cost: How do I get started? 🏁

Before you form your Ohio LLC, let’s walk you through the most common filing fees you’ll encounter. Nervous about getting started? Don’t worry. We’ve done this for more than 300,000 businesses. 

If you want our help, we can form your Ohio LLC for only $49. Just click the “Start My Business” button below. 

We’ll break down the LLC cost in Ohio and then show you how to start your LLC. 

What fees go into the final LLC cost in Ohio?💲 

Here’s what it costs to start an LLC in Ohio: 

Ohio LLC Filing Fee

$99: The Ohio LLC filing fee is $99. You’ll pay this fee when you file your Articles of Organization. 

Annual Report Fee

$0: Many states require LLCs to file an annual or biennial report and pay an associated filing fee, but not Ohio. This is one expense you can avoid.

Statutory Agent Fee

Free (if you serve as your own): Every Ohio LLC is required to have a statutory agent, which is known in most states as a “registered agent.” You can act as your own statutory agent for free, or you can appoint someone else to serve as your statutory agent (with their permission). You can also use a commercial registered agent service like ours for a fee.

Our registered agent services make it easy for you. We’ll serve as your statutory agent and handle any requirements without any effort from you.

What other Ohio LLC fees should I look out for? ✍🏽  

You paid your Ohio LLC filing fee requirement. What other fees could you be responsible for? Let’s take a look:

Ohio Certificate of Good Standing

You get this document from the Ohio Secretary of State. It shows that your Ohio business is in compliance with state law. It costs $5 for a standard Certificate of Good Standing and $25 for the long-form version.

You don’t need to get an Ohio Certificate of Good Standing as part of the LLC formation process, but you might need one if you want to expand your LLC to another state. Some banks also require one to open a business bank account or to get a loan.

DBA Name in Ohio

Want to go by a different name than your legal LLC name? To do so, you’re required to secure a “Doing Business As” (DBA) name, known in Ohio as a “trade name” or “fictitious name.”

LLCs sometimes use a DBA when they want to open a new store or launch a new product line but don’t want to create another business for it.

In Ohio, “trade name” and “fictitious name” are both used, but they mean different things. A fictitious name is most closely associated with a DBA name, but it does not guarantee that someone else won’t use the same name. However, registering a trade name is meant to ensure that no one else uses the name and infringes on your branding.

Submit a ​​Name Registration application with the required fee to the Secretary of State. You can do this in-person, online, or by mail. The filing fee is $39 for regular service, and your application will be processed in three to seven business days, varying by volume to be processed.

If you need your application processed more quickly, an additional $100 fee will secure expedited service within two business days after it is received, $200 will expedite your application within one business day for walk-ins, and $300 will expedite your application within four hours for walk-ins as long as it is received by 1 p.m.

Foreign LLC

If you already have an LLC in another state but want to expand your business to Ohio, then you need to file as a foreign LLC. You’ll do this by completing a Registration of a Foreign Limited Liability Company.

The fee is the same as a domestic LLC filing, $99. The options and prices for expediting the service or using a preclearance filing are the same as for a domestic (in-state) LLC filing.

Business Licenses and Permits

Your type of business may need federal, state, or local licenses and permits to legally open your doors in Ohio. Although Ohio doesn’t require a general business license to operate, you may need other licenses and/or permits depending on factors like your location and industry.

The fees for these licenses and permits will vary, as will the costs for renewing them. Our business license report can help you determine what licensing is required for your particular business.

For just $49, we can form your Ohio LLC for you in just minutes. No LegalZoom promo code required: Pay just $49 plus filing fees for fast LLC formation in Ohio. 

Are there penalties for paying my fees late in Ohio? ⏰   

This will depend on what ongoing paperwork is required for your particular business. Licenses and permits usually need to be renewed at some point, and some of those could incur a late fee or worse, such as losing your ability to conduct business or having the state dissolve your LLC.

What happens if I can’t pay my filing fee to the Ohio government? ❌  

If you can’t pay your filing fee for the Articles of Organization, the Ohio Secretary of State won’t file your documents.

Who receives the filing fees for forming my Ohio LLC? 🇺🇸  

You’ll pay the LLC formation fees to the Ohio Secretary of State.

What is usually the biggest fee I will pay when I form my Ohio LLC? 💸  

The Ohio filing fees you pay will depend on things like your industry and location. At a bare minimum, you’ll have to pay the $99 filing fee to form the LLC.

What payment methods can I use to pay my LLC or corporation filing fees to the Ohio government? 💳   

If you’re filing online, you can pay with any major credit card. If you’re filing by postal mail, you’ll need to include a check or money order payable to “Ohio Secretary of State.”

What are the benefits of the LLC business type? 👍🏽    

The main benefit of LLCs over business entity options like sole proprietorships and general partnerships is that LLCs offer liability protection. Your personal assets are separate from your business assets, so they usually can’t be touched if someone sues the business or the business goes into debt.

Corporations also offer personal liability protection for the owners, but they have a more rigid structure, more paperwork, and “double taxation.” Profits for a C corporation (the default form of corporation) are taxed both at the business level and again when they’re distributed to the individual shareholders. By default, LLC profits are usually only taxed at the individual level.

How do I form my LLC in Ohio? 📃

Name your LLC 👋🏽 

It’s time to introduce yourself! All Ohio limited liability companies (LLCs) need a unique name within the state. Naming your Ohio LLC is one of the first things you’ll need to do.

Business Name Rules in Ohio

Already have the perfect business name? Keep a few things in mind: 

  • Your business name needs to be available in Ohio and must be distinguishable from any other Ohio business name.
  • It has to meet Ohio naming requirements.
  • You may want to choose a name you can pair with an available website domain

Regardless of the business entity you create, your new company needs to meet these requirements. Luckily, we’re here to help.

Check available Ohio business names

First, perform a name search to see if your desired LLC name is available in Ohio. If it’s available, you can either reserve it now or plan to use it when you file for your Ohio LLC. The state charges $39 to reserve a name.

If you want to see what domain names are available, run your business name through our domain name checker

Becoming a business owner is an exciting time, and securing the perfect LLC name is a great way to start.

Choose a statutory agent 👩🏽‍⚖️ 

All Ohio LLCs need to have a statutory agent. Your statutory agent is your LLC’s point of contact with the state it’s registered in.

What is a statutory agent?

Most importantly, the statutory agent has to be available during normal business hours because they’re responsible for accepting legal notices (such as notices of your company being sued).

If a statutory agent is used for an Ohio LLC, the person needs to be an Ohio resident or have a physical Ohio address (not a P.O. box). 

Statutory Agent Options

You can serve as your own statutory agent as long as you have a physical street address in Ohio, but it might be a good idea to have someone else represent your company.

Being your own statutory agent requires you to always be present at the office during normal business hours. Plus, being served with a lawsuit in front of clients is never a good look.

Hiring a Statutory Agent

For a small fee, a registered agent service will guarantee that they’re available and at the given address to handle any requirements for you. It’s one less thing for you to worry about as a business owner. 

File your Articles of Organization 📝

Before legally operating an Ohio LLC, you need to file Articles of Organization with the Ohio Secretary of State, along with the one-time filing fee of $99. You already know that part. 

File your LLC with us

Ohio accepts filings online, by postal mail, or in person. You can check your LLC’s status at the Ohio Secretary of State’s website by doing a business search.  

Create an operating agreement 🔖

Even though it’s not technically required by law, it’s a really good idea to have an operating agreement for your LLC. Below are some reasons:

Operating Agreement Benefits

An operating agreement: 

  • Is a legally binding document providing clear definitions of all ownership terms and rules as well as management structure.
  • Outlines ownership percentages, responsibilities, voting power, and a succession plan if an owner decides to leave the business.
  • Can help prevent miscommunication and resolve conflicts between members. 

Using an operating agreement template can help you create this critical document, establishing the rules for your LLC and setting you up for success.

Get an EIN  🏦  

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) officially registers your company with the federal government. Also known as a Federal Tax ID Number, an EIN is typically required to open a business bank account, get business credit cards, and hire employees. 

You can apply for an EIN on the IRS website or use our EIN service when you form your LLC, and we’ll handle that for you, too.

Check Ohio annual requirements 🗓    

As we mentioned earlier, Ohio has no annual or biennial reports to submit for LLCs. Still, it’s important to see if your particular business has other periodic obligations, such as renewing licenses or permits.

Stay legally compliant 🧑🏼‍⚖️   

You might need to make certain changes to your business over time. For example, you may get a new registered agent or change your business address. Ohio needs to be aware of these changes to your LLC. 

LLC Amendments

Some changes require an amendment with the state. Learn more about Ohio LLC amendments. If you need to amend your LLC’s Articles of Organization, you’ll need to complete a Limited Liability Company Certificate of Amendment or Restatement form and pay a $50 fee.

If you’ve made a mistake in your original filing and need to correct it, you’ll instead complete a Certificate of Correction form and pay a $50 fee.

Staying in Compliance

We offer a Worry-Free Compliance Service, which includes two amendments every year, to help your business stay compliant with Ohio law.

We can help! 🙋🏽‍♂️  

Running a legal business entity in Ohio doesn’t have to be complicated. We’re here to guide you. We’ll help you launch, run, and grow your new LLC. 

Our experts will help you file and avoid costly mistakes and penalties. We also offer plenty of business resources to help your LLC succeed in Ohio. 

Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.

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