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Ohio LLC Forms, Fees, and Requirements

Different businesses have different requirements in Ohio, including business licensing, filings, forms, Articles of Organization and related fees and costs. Your OH LLC needs to pay various fees to the federal government, Ohio government and other agencies. Some of these fees are levied by the Ohio Secretary of State or statewide organizations, while others come from the federal government. On this page, we’ve summarized the most common fees and requirements. 

Note that Ohio business licenses and permits might need to be paid when you first form your business, on an ongoing schedule or on an ad hoc basis. Find more details below.

Initial Filing and Fees for Forming an LLC in Ohio

To create your business in Ohio, you’ll file an LLC with the OH Secretary of State and pay an associated LLC formation fee. Every state has different LLC filing fees and filing times. Here is the current information for Ohio:

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$99 3 Weeks 3 Business Days

When you incorporate through Incfile, we forward this fee to the Ohio Secretary of State on your behalf when we file your paperwork. 

Some states allow you to form your LLC more quickly by paying a rush fee. You can compare state filing times and fees here, including expedited fees for Ohio.

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Getting an Employer Identification Number for Your OH LLC

Every Ohio LLC should have a unique Employer Identification Number (EIN). These are provided by the Internal Revenue Service, and you use them when filing taxes, opening a business bank account and paying employees. You can get one yourself at no cost from the IRS or have Incfile obtain one on your behalf.

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Foreign Qualification to Operate in a State Outside Ohio

If you’re expanding your Ohio LLC beyond the borders of the state, you will need a Foreign Qualification or Certificate of Authority to operate in another state. These are typically necessary if you have a physical presence, employees or banking in a different state than Ohio. Fees and requirements for foreign qualifications depend on each state’s rules. Incfile provides a complete Foreign Qualification service for any state.

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Ohio LLC Annual Reporting and Fees

Most states need you to file an annual (or other periodic) report with their secretary of state, but Ohio does not. There are no annual reporting requirements for Ohio LLCs.

Annual Report

Frequency: Ohio LLC's are currently not required to file annual reports.

Learn about your ongoing Ohio LLC filing requirements and business filing deadlines with our helpful Ohio ongoing filing lookup tool.

Ohio Business Licenses and Permits

Your Ohio LLC may need certain licenses and permits to comply with specific requirements. These business permits and licenses might be issued by Ohio, regional or federal organizations. Some of the associated fees only need to be paid once, while others have ongoing charges.

Permits and licenses vary based on:

  • The industry your Ohio LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
  • The location of your Ohio LLC (state, county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Columbus)
  • The type of business that you run (e.g., healthcare providers must meet HIPAA requirements)

You can research these permits and licenses yourself or use Incfile’s Business License Research Package, which includes:

  • A complete report on all the licenses, permits and tax registrations your Ohio LLC will need

  • The application forms you will need to file with the Ohio, regional and federal licensing authorities

Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from federal, Ohio and local governments.

Incfile’s Ohio Business License Research Package

Ohio LLC Operating Agreements

An Operating Agreement is a business document that covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas.

An Operating Agreement is extremely useful for several reasons (learn about them here). If you’re interested in having your Operating Agreement created for you, Incfile can draft a general Operating Agreement template when you choose to form your Ohio business. You can choose to make changes to the template based on your unique requirements. 

Ad Hoc Ohio Fees or Requirements for Your OH LLC

There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to meet during the life of your Ohio LLC. These ad hoc fees will only be payable in specific circumstances, which we’ve listed below.

To Obtain a Trade Name for Your Ohio LLC

If you want your OH business to trade under a different name, you can file a form with the Ohio Secretary of State. You will need to pay an Ohio filing fee; Incfile can file this form on your behalf.

Incfile’s Ohio Fictitious Name service

To Change the Ohio Statutory Agent for Your OH LLC

Your Ohio LLC needs a Registered Agent, which must be appointed when you first incorporate your LLC. You can also switch to a new OH Registered Agent later. Incfile provides a complete Ohio Registered Agent service.

Incfile’s Ohio Registered Agent service

To Reserve a Name for Your Ohio LLC

If you don’t want to form your OH business right away, you can reserve a name with the Ohio Secretary of State. You will need to pay a small fee to do this.

To Amend Certain Facts About Your Ohio LLC

Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Ohio business when it was originally formed. Over time, these facts might change — if they do, you need to file “Articles of Amendment” with the Ohio Secretary of State. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf.

Areas you might want to file Ohio Articles of Amendment for include:

  • Adding, removing or changing an Ohio LLC member or manager
  • Changing the business address of your LLC
  • Altering the stated business activities of your Ohio LLC

Incfile’s Ohio Articles of Amendment service

To Get a Certificate of Good Standing for Your Ohio LLC

Some organizations will request that you prove your Ohio LLC’s compliance with laws and tax requirements. If you need to prove you have met your commitments, you will need a “Certificate of Good Standing” from the Ohio Secretary of State. Incfile can obtain a certificate on your behalf.

Incfile’s Ohio Certificate of Good Standing service

The fees listed above detail all the charges that a standard OH LLC will be required to pay. In some unusual circumstances, there may be other one-off, periodic or ad hoc fees not listed above. 

Of course, your Ohio LLC will also probably need to pay self-employment, payroll, federal, state and sales taxes, but we will cover that when we talk about taxes for OH LLCs.

FAQs About Ohio LLC Fees

What Happens to the State Fees That I Am Charged When Forming My Ohio LLC?

We charge you for this fee at cost and then pay the fee to the secretary of state on your behalf when forming your Ohio business. 

Do I Need to Pay an Annual Report Fee Every Year?

Usually, yes. Most states require you to file a report for your LLC every year. Some states require filing biennially (every other year), though a handful don’t require annual reports. You can find out more on the compliance page for your state.

Who Will I Need to Get Business Licenses and Permits From for My Ohio LLC?

It depends on various factors including:

  • The type of business you run
  • Where you are located
  • Governing organizations in your industry
  • Federal, state and local regulations

That’s why our Business License Research Package is so useful. It explores all of these areas for you and provides a comprehensive overview of exactly what your Ohio LLC needs to be compliant.

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Ohio?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$99 3 Weeks 3 Business Days

Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

Annual Report

Frequency: Ohio LLC's are currently not required to file annual reports.

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