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How To Fill Out The Ohio Articles of Organization

How To Fill Out The Ohio Articles of Organization

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How To Fill Out The Ohio Articles of Organization

How To Fill Out The Ohio Articles of Organization

Are you considering starting a business in Ohio? You’ll need to make sure that your paperwork is in order before you can get started, and if starting an LLC is in your future, you will need to file the Articles of Organization.

If you want to learn how, follow along and I’ll show you!

Ohio Articles of Organization LLC Form

The Ohio LLC Articles of Organization is the official document filed with the Ohio Secretary of State to establish a Limited Liability Company (LLC). After the filing is approved by the state, the business can officially begin operating and register for the necessary business licenses and permits.
To file the Ohio Articles of Organization, you will need to submit the completed Form 610 Articles of Organization for a Domestic Limited Liability Company to the Ohio Secretary of State. The form can be completed and sent by mail or filed online.

Anyone can learn how to form their own LLC, but using an entity formation service like Zenbusiness, Northwest, and IncFile guide you through the LLC formation process, so you will save time and know everything was done right.

Zenbusiness and IncFile are running a special where you only pay state fees for your LLC formation!

To get started, visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s website to download the form or create an account and file online.

After registering, select “Business Filings” and then choose “File a New Business or Register a Name.”

Then to follow along with this example, choose Limited Liability Company which is the most common type of LLC.

Then choose your desired processing time. Normal processing for online filings is 3-4 business days, however, expedited processing is available for an additional fee if you need them filed faster.

Step 1: Pick a Name for the LLC

The first step in filling out the Ohio Operating Agreement is to pick a business name.

There are some requirements when choosing an Ohio LLC name.
1. The name of your LLC must not be too similar to the name of another business entity already registered with the state of Ohio. If you aren’t ready to file yet, you can verify name availability by doing an Ohio LLC name search in the search box to be sure the LLC name is available.

2. The name of the LLC must include one of the following entity identifiers at the end of the business name:
– Limited Liability Company
– Limited
– L.L.C.
– ltd.
– ltd

3. The use of punctuation, contractions, or abbreviations won’t make a name different.

4. Words with profanity or generally considered a slur are not allowed.

See the full list of Ohio entity naming requirements.

Enter the LLC name, including the identifier, to continue. If you choose a name that is taken, the Secretary of State will return your application.

Step 2: Choose an Effective Date & Time

The effective date section is optional and provides a choice to delay the start date of the LLC for up to 90 days in the future.

Some will delay the effective date of the LLC if they aren’t ready to start the business, but want the filing out of the way or if they are close to the end of a calendar year.

By default, the effective date is the day the Secretary of State files the formation paperwork. Otherwise, enter a different start date and time.

Step 3: Enter the Purpose of the LLC

In this section, you can, but are not required to enter some basic information regarding the activities of the LLC.

If any information is provided, it is generally recommended to keep this statement somewhat generic, so the Articles of Organization wouldn’t need to be amended should the business change.

Related: How to Answer the Business Purpose Statement 

Step 4: Appoint a Statutory Agent

One requirement to have an LLC in Ohio is to appoint an Ohio statutory agent (called a registered agent in many states). The registered agent is a party that is located in the state of Ohio that will receive important notices and service of process (which means to accept papers that start a lawsuit) on behalf of the LLC. The address of the registered office must be a physical street address, as a PO Box isn’t allowed.

Provided the LLC member lives in the state of Ohio, they may act as the statutory agent, or the agent can be an adult resident of the state or statutory agent service.

It is important to have the agent certify they agree to act as the statutory agent for the LLC before filing.

Related: Should you be the statutory agent?

Step 5: Upload Attachments

If there are additional items you wish to include regarding the formation of the LLC (not common), attach them in this section.

Step 6: Sign the Articles of Organization

At least one person (typically a member or organizer) will review the Articles of Organization and sign the document.

Step 7: Pay and Submit the Articles of Organization

If everything checks out, proceed to checkout where you will enter the filing fee and submit the Articles of Organization to the Ohio Secretary of State!

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How much does it cost to form an LLC in Ohio?

The cost to file the Articles of Organization and create an Ohio LLC is $99.

Do you have to pay yearly for an LLC in Ohio?

Unlike most states, there is no annual report to file, and the annual state fee is $0.

How long does it take for LLC approval in Ohio?

It usually takes the state 3-4 business days to process the Articles of Organization when filing online or 2-3 weeks when filing by mail.

Expedited processing is available for an additional filing fee.

When is a statutory agent needed in Ohio?

All Ohio corporations and LLCs are required to have and maintain a registered agent.

The registered agent is a party that is physically located in the state of Ohio that will receive important notices and service of process (which means to accept papers that start a lawsuit) on behalf of the LLC.

Related: Who can be an Ohio registered agent?

Should I use an LLC formation service or do it myself?
The right answer for everyone is different. If after reading our guide, you may feel overwhelmed or unsure of the process, and if so using an LLC formation service may be the best option. Formation services break down the process and make sure that all of the legal paperwork is properly filled out and submitted.

Two of my top formation companies have a special offer where you can get your LLC formed without paying any additional fees (state fees still apply). Check out Zenbusiness and IncFile to learn more.
Is an operating agreement required in Ohio?

Ohio Revised Code, Section § 1705.081 states that an LLC Operating Agreement is optional.  Despite the Operating Agreement not being required, it is recommended to have one as it can help to prevent disputes among members and protect the LLC’s legal status.

Related: How to Create an Ohio Operating Agreement

What business licenses are needed in Ohio?

The requirements for business licenses and registrations in Ohio vary depending on what the business does and where it’s located.

Here is a list of common business licenses in Ohio.

Do Ohio LLCs need an EIN?

Only Ohio LLCs that either have more than one member, will hire employees, or elect to be taxed as a partnership or corporation are required to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN).

The EIN or Employer Identification Number (also called a Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN) is a unique 9-digit tax identification number that is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If the LLC isn’t required to get an EIN (though you can still get one), the LLC will use the social security number of the business owner.

Related: How to Apply for an EIN

What is a Series LLC?

A traditional LLC is the most common form of LLC, however, some states allow for the creation of a Series LLC. A series LLC is comprised of a parent LLC with one or more individual series within the umbrella of the LLC. The individual series are protected from liabilities and losses suffered by the other individual series and the holding company.

Read more: What is a Series LLC?

How To Fill Out The Ohio Articles of Organization

How To Fill Out The Ohio Articles of Organization

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Greg Bouhl

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