Your Ohio Registered Agent provides various services, including the acceptance of formal documents and correspondence from the Ohio Secretary of State (OH SOS).
Your LLC must have a Registered Agent (known in this state as an Ohio Statutory Agent) at all times. You can appoint one when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing Ohio Registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new agents.
Note that the address for your Ohio agent does not need to be the same as your business address. In fact, you may be able to use an Ohio virtual mailbox as your business address.
Important: A virtual mailbox is not an acceptable replacement for a Registered Agent. They perform two separate functions and per state law, you are required to have a Registered Agent.
What an Ohio Statutory Agent Does
A Registered Agent’s main function is to accept official documentation and correspondence.
Incfile Provides Free Ohio Registered Agent Service for the First Year
Incfile provides complete Ohio Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s formed in the state. Even better, if you choose to create your business through Incfile, your Registered Agent is completely free for the first year and only $119 a year after that.
Incfile is authorized to conduct business in Ohio and can legally act as your Registered Agent. Here’s what our Ohio Statutory Agent service provides:
Appointing a Registered Agent Service for Your LLC
When you first form your LLC, you must appoint a Registered Agent. You can change it at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.
Assign a Registered Agent When You Form Your LLC
Your business needs to have a Registered Agent as soon as it’s formed. You can do this through one of the following methods.
When you file your Articles of Organization with the OH SOS to formally create your business, you’re required to include details of your Registered Agent.
When you form your LLC through us, we’ll include a free year of our Registered Agent service. Then we’ll use the information you provide to complete and file your Articles of Organization for you.
Assign a Different Ohio Statutory Agent Service After Formation
You can also change your Registered Agent service after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to do this.
Once you’ve chosen a new Ohio Statutory Agent, you can complete the Statutory Agent Update form available on the OH SOS website. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the Secretary of State with a fee payment of $25 so they can update your records.
When you choose to use our Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect important information about your business, complete the form on your behalf and send it to the OH SOS. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.
Ohio Registered Agent Search
In some situations, you might want to know the name of the Statutory Agent that represents another LLC in Ohio. This information is available via the OH SOS business database.
If the OH Registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the OH SOS to request the information.