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Help Start Your Business

For the first time in Ohio, many required business filings with the Secretary of State’s office can now be completed online. Ohio Business Central provides access to many commonly-used forms, streamlining the process for business owners. Forms currently available for online completion include:

Start Your Business:

533A - Articles of Organization for a Domestic Limited Liability Company

531A - Certificate of Limited Partnership
Maintain Your Business:

525A - Reinstatement & Appointment of Agent

524 - Trade Name/ Fictitious Name Renewal

520 - Biennial Report

522 - Certificate of Continued Existence

These forms represent approximately 50 percent of all filings received by the Secretary of State's office in 2012.

Businesses can file online via the Secretary of State's Ohio Business Central after creating a profile to access the secure site. Once logged in, users can select from the available options, provide payment for filing fees and manage their account. The online system allows businesses to complete the submission process, from start to finish, in less than one day in some cases. 

By utilizing technology to improve the services available from the Secretary of State's office, Ohio is now in position to roll out the red carpet to business and job creation by cutting the red tape. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact this office at (877) SOS-FILE (767-3453) or visit the Secretary of State's Business Services page.

New Law Change

Senate Bill 98 became effective on May 20, 2014. This law expanded the list of entities that may serve as statutory agents for business entities registered in Ohio. It is also required that all entities must meet the filing requirements of Title 17 of the revised code that allow them to transact business in this state if they wish to serve as a statutory agent.

Based on this change we updated our filing forms to make it clear who was permitted to act as a statutory agent. One major benefit is that more entities now have the option to act as their own agent which will ensure that they receive all necessary information.

What You Need to Know

The Secretary of State’s office wants to help Ohio businesses succeed. To help entrepreneurs navigate the various types of filings required to establish a business in Ohio, the Secretary of State’s office offers several useful publications. To download an electronic copy or to receive any of these guides free of charge, visit the Secretary of State’s publications page.

Current available publications include:

Business services Publications

Services for Existing Businesses
Checklist for New Businesses
Guide to Starting a Corporation in Ohio
Guide to Starting a Limited Liability Company in Ohio
Guide to Starting a Nonprofit Organization in Ohio
Guide to Starting a Partnership in Ohio
Guide to Starting a Sole Proprietorship in Ohio
Guide to Secured Transactions Filing in Ohio
Guide to Registering Your Trademark or Service Mark in Ohio

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