Ohio LLC Formation – Basics & Helpful Information

General Overview of the Ohio LLC

This article is meant to be a general overview of the Ohio LLC formation process and other basic issues related to LLCs.

Ohio Filing Fees

To form an LLC in Ohio, you have to sign and file Articles of Organization with the Ohio Secretary of State (SOS). The SOS charges $99 to file Articles of Organization for an Ohio LLC.

See the Ohio LLC Fee Schedule
Compare Ohio LLC Costs With Other States

Ohio Filing Time

Regular processing time takes 3-7 business days. For an extra fee of $100, the Ohio Secretary of State will process your Articles of Organization in 2 business days. For $200, it will be processed in 1 business day. You must file in person. For $300, it will be processed in 4 hours if you file in person.

Ohio Annual Compliance Requirements

Ohio does not have annual requirements for LLCs.

Form an LLC in Ohio

You can use this checklist to help guide you through the process of forming an Ohio LLC:

Step 1: Decide on a Business Name

Step 2: Register your LLC with the State

Step 3: Create and Sign the LLC's Governing Document

Step 4: Get an EIN

Step 5: Get Licenses and Permits

Registering a Foreign LLC in Ohio

Helpful Tips & Information

Use an LLC formation service like IncFile to help you form an LLC in Ohio. IncFile has FREE LLC formation packages (you only pay the state filing fee).


Ohio Business Services
Ohio Business Entity Name Search
Ohio Business Licenses
Online EIN Application (for the LLC’s Federal Tax ID)
USPTO (Federal) Trademark Search