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How to change your statutory agent in Ohio

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OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE CHANGE OF STATUTORY AGENT REQUIREMENTS AND OPTIONS

What are the options and different ways you can change your Ohio statutory agent?

In Ohio, a registered agent is referred to as a “statutory agent.” Any changes that need to be made regarding the status of your statutory agent are handled on the form titled: Statutory Agent Update (Form 521). On this form you may appoint or change your statutory agent or change their address. Your Ohio statutory agent may also use this form to resign. Basically, anything that affects the status of your statutory agent can be and should be addressed on this form. Submit the Statutory Agent Update form to the Ohio Secretary of State, Business Services by mail or in person. The Ohio Secretary of State does not require original signatures. Checks for fees should be payable to “Secretary of State.”

Many states allow you to make changes to the status of your statutory agent when you file your annual reports. Ohio is one state thatdoes not require a business entity to file annual reports with the Secretary of State. So, if you need to change anything about the status of your Ohio statutory agent, use the Statutory Agent Update form.

If you’re just starting your business, you must appoint your Ohio statutory agent at the same time as you file your articles of incorporation. There is no fee associated with the original appointment of a statutory agent. Bonus!

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How much does it cost to change your statutory agent in Ohio?

There is a $25 fee required to change your statutory agent in Ohio.

Expedited processing:
Level 1 (by mail or walk-in): within 2 business days for $100
Level 2 (walk in only): 1 business day for $200
Level 3 (walk in only): 4 hours for $300

Switch your statutory agent to Northwest, and you’ll see the pre-populated change of agent form in your online account. Fill it out with your company info, sign it, and email or mail it to us, and we’ll get it filed with the state for you.  It’s that simple!

How long does it take the state to process and complete the change of registered agent in Ohio?

Mail or in person: once received, 4-6 business days, plus additional time for return mailing.

Fax Processing: 4-6 business days, plus additional time for return mailing. To submit filings by fax, you must have a prepayment account with the Ohio Secretary of State. Of course, if we’re your statutory agent service, we can take care of it for you.

Expedited processing:
Level 1 (by mail or walk-in): within 2 business days
Level 2 (walk in only): 1 business day
Level 3 (walk in only): 4 hours; submit by 1:00 pm for same day processing
To request expedited processing of mailed documents write “EXPEDITE” on the envelope.

You will receive a confirmation copy of the change by mail. You will also be able to print a copy directly from their website, once your filing is processed.

Ohio Secretary of State contact information:

Overnight or In-person:
Secretary of State
Business Services Division
180 E. Broad St., 16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Non-Expedited Mail:
Ohio Secretary of State
PO Box 788
Columbus, OH 43216

Expedited Mail (include additional $100 fee):
Ohio Secretary of State
PO Box 1390
Columbus, OH 43216

What form do you file to change your statutory agent in Ohio?

The Ohio Statutory Agent Update form is in your online account immediately, if you sign up for Ohio statutory agent service with Northwest.

Ohio Secretary of State:

http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/Businesses.aspx

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  1. Instant registered agent services annual price: $125.
  2. Instant Ohio forms located directly in your online account to make a filing in Ohio.
  3. State resources in your registered agent service account, with self-filing instructions to help you.
  4. We send multiple annual report reminders, and you can also track your due dates in your online account.
  5. We locally scan ‘service of process’ and all documents to you in real-time for no added cost.
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