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How to Incorporate in Ohio

Incorporate a Business in Ohio - Filing Incorporation in Ohio


To incorporate in Ohio, you must submit Articles of Incorporation to the Ohio Secretary of State, Corporations Division. This article provides details on what to include in the Articles of Incorporation, the amount of the incorporation fee, and where to send the incorporation documents and fee.

Information necessary to prepare Articles of Incorporation

Articles of incorporation for profit corporations in Ohio must contain the following information:

The name of the corporation.

The purpose of the corporation.

The effective date of the corporation's start (optional). The effective date must be no more than 90 days after filing.

Information about shares of stock The number of shares of stock which the corporation has the authority to issue, the type of shares (preferred or common0,and the par value of that stock. You may designate more than one class of stock.

The name and address of each of the initial directors of the corporation.

An authorized representative who can sign the Articles of Incorporation.

The name and complete address (including city, state, and zip code) of each incorporator of the corporation. The incorporator is the individual who is filing the Articles of Incorporation and any other official documents required by the state (his/her duties are completed once the corporation is incorporated).

Incorporation Process
To incorporate a business in Ohio, you must complete the Articles of Incorporation (PDF). Articles of Incorporation form. You can complete the form online by filling in information, then printing it out and signing it.

Complete the Articles of Incorporation by filling in the online form with the following information:

  • Check the PO Box where you are sending the form. The PO Box is different for expedited (faster) processing.
  • Check the box for the type of Articles of Incorporation (profit, non-profit, professional).
  • Insert the information on name, location (city, county)
  • Include effective date (if you don't include a date, the effective date will be the date of filing
  • Check if additional provisions are attached
  • Purpose for which the corporation is formed
  • Number of shares, whether preferred or common, and par value if any
  • Names and addresses of initial directors of the corporation
  • Finally, an Authorized Representative must sign the Articles of Incorporation application.

Application Fee: >Ohio Articles of Incorporation Fee: $125.

Mail the application to the Ohio Secretary of State/Business Services:
Ohio Secretary of State, Business Division,PO Box 670, Columbus OH 43216. If you want expedited service, mail to PO Box 1390.
Phone toll free 1-877-767-3453.

For more details on how to incorporate a business, you can refer to this article on How to Incorporate a business, which includes information on how to incorporate in every U.S. state.

Disclaimer. The information in this article is not intended to be, nor should it be relied upon, as legal advice. The author makes no claims about the completeness or accuracy of this information; states change regulations. fees, and names of documents and this article may not have the most up to date information regarding incorporation in a specific state. Your situation may be more complex and require additional information for your state.
Some states have several incorporation forms, depending upon the type of corporation. Be sure to read carefully both in this information and on your state's website, to determine the best corporation form for your business.

Before you submit incorporation documents or fees to your state, check your state's Secretary of State (business division) website or consult with your legal advisor.

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