This webpage has been created to provide insight into the process of reserving a business name in Ohio. As there is no online filing option for name reservations, be prepared to download the PDF of the filing package, fill out all requisite information, then have the authorized representative sign it. When the package has been completed, you will be able to send it to the Secretary of State’s office with the attached filing fee of $39. Name reservation in Ohio, once accepted, last for a period of 180 days. We recommend that you perform a Business Entity Search first to ensure that the name you’re attempting to reserve is indeed available for use.

How to Reserve

Step 1- Begin by downloading the filing package for name reservations here.

Step 2- Once opened in your PDF viewer of choice, you will notice that the first page is a simple cover letter. On it you will need to supply the name and address of the individual or business to which the approval can be sent. You will have the option to receive notices by e-mail, sign up for the filing notification system, and expedite the process on this page as well. Note that expedition of the filing will cost a hefty fee.

oh-pdf-coverStep 3- On the second and third page of the PDF bundle, you will see the forms necessary for name reservation. There will also be the option to transfer a name or cancel the reservation but for the purposes of our tutorial, we’ll simply cover what is necessary in reserving the moniker in the first place. You will need to submit the filing type, first three choices of name as well as the name and address of the applicant. The second page will simply have you providing the name of the individual/entity, the signature of the applicant/representative and the name of the representative (necessary only if applying as a business entity).

  • Filing type
  • First, second and third choice of name
  • Name and address of applicant


OH-Name-Reservation-2Step 4- Once all the affairs are in order, you will be able to attach to your filing forms, a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State for the total of $39. Mail the filing package and fee to the below address and await written confirmation from the State’s offices.

Ohio Secretary of State

PO Box 670

Columbus, OH 43216

If choosing to expedite your filing, you will need to send your package to this location instead:

Ohio Secretary of State

PO Box 1390

Columbus, OH 43216

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