Welcome to the corporation registration tutorial for the state of Ohio. Within this page, you will be able to get a general overview of the filing process put in place by the Secretary of State which will hopefully give you enough insight to properly register your business. In the case that you would like more information in regards to exactly what will be needed in the applications, click on the more in-depth tutorials found linked within this guide. They will instruct you on both the online (where applicable) and paper application procedures. Filing fees will amount to a total of $99 unless you plan on expediting the process or if you are a domestic corporation that is issuing a large amount of capital stock.

How to File

Step 1- It is necessary for all business entities to operate using a name which is unique to them alone. For this reason, we always recommend that businesses perform a Business Entity Search prior to registration to ensure that the name they plan on operating under is available. If you are applying online, this name availability search has been incorporated into the filing process. You may also wish to reserve your name to prevent other entities from using it. This will cost you $39 and last 180 days. A tutorial on how to accomplish this can be found here.

Step 2- For those who are registering their business using the online portal, you will need to create an account first. This can be done with the help of our tutorial. Regardless, you will need to, at this point, access your registration forms. If filing through the mail this will mean downloading your PDFs. Click on the tutorials below and they will instruct on what exactly needs to be submitted into these forms.

Step 3- Once the forms are filled out, you will need to attach to them the filing fee associated with the filing. This will amount to $99 or more depending on whether or not you are expediting the filing and the number of capital shares you’ve issued. Foreign corporations, at this point, will also have to provide a certificate of good standing from the jurisdiction of their initial formation. Mail the filing package to the below location if you wish for it to be processed within the standard time frame. For expedited filings, the secondary address will be suitable.

This address is to be used for standard processing:

Ohio Secretary of State

PO Box 670

Columbus, OH 43216

This address is to be used for expedited processing:

Ohio Secretary of State

PO Box 1390

Columbus, OH 43216

Tips

EIN– If you are starting a new corporation, it will be necessary for you to apply for an EIN after receiving correspondence from the Secretary of State that your filing forms have been accepted. This identifier allow the IRS to view you as a lawful and legitimate, tax-paying entity. Once you have completed the application process, you will be able to legally hire employees, open bank accounts and otherwise perform any kind of financial transaction. To learn how to apply Online, or through the filing of Form SS-4, you may click on the heading of this paragraph to review our tutorial.

Corporate Bylaw– A corporate bylaw can be extremely helpful in the organization of your company’s internal affairs. It will dictate the rights and duties of each company official and relay the nature of the relationship between them, and the corporation itself. Our free template, found linked in the heading of this paragraph, will help you draft this document with ease, allowing you to print in black and white the exact manner in which your logistical and financial affairs are to be organized. Note that this is not a legally required document and for this reason it needn’t be filed with the Secretary of State.

Renewal– Ohio is one of the rare states the doesn’t require businesses to renew through the filing of an annual report. This is true with partial exception to professional associations as they will be required to submit a report biennially. The PDF for this document can be found here. It is necessary that it be filed with the fee of $25 attached to it to the below address. Of course, like with all filings, you will be able to expedite the processing. If this is the case, submit your filing to the secondary address found below.

This address is to be used for standard processing:

Ohio Secretary of State

PO Box 670

Columbus, OH 43216

This address is to be used for expedited processing:

Ohio Secretary of State

PO Box 1390

Columbus, OH 43216

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