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Register a Foreign LLC in Ohio

To register a foreign LLC in Ohio, you must file an Ohio Registration of a Foreign Limited Liability Company with the Ohio Secretary of State, Business Services Division. You can submit this document by mail or in person. The Registration of a Foreign Limited Liability Company costs $99 to file. The following guide on registering a foreign LLC in Ohio answers the most common questions about how to file the Ohio Registration of a Foreign Limited Liability Company, but you can also sign up for our Ohio Foreign LLC service and let Northwest handle the details for you.

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What does it cost to register a foreign LLC in Ohio?

$99 for normal processing.

How long does it take for the state to process the Ohio Application for Registration?

Normal Processing: 4-5 business days, plus additional time for mailing.

Expedited Processing Options:

  • 2 Day Processing: $100 (plus time for mailing)
  • 1 Day Processing: $200 (walk-in only)
  • 4 Hour Processing: $300 (walk-in only)

How will I get verification of registration back from Ohio?

You will receive a Certificate of Registration by mail and you may also download and print it online.

What forms do I file with Ohio to register my out of state LLC?

The Registration of a Foreign Limited Liability Company form and the filing fee are required.

What do I need from my home state?


Will I need an Ohio registered agent for my LLC?

Yes, when you hire Northwest as your Ohio registered agent, it’s a flat rate yearly price of $125 a year, you’ll have an online account that tracks your report due dates, which states you are registered in, when your yearly service with us is up, and any documents we receive locally for you are uploaded into your account immediately for complete viewing. If or when you get served with a lawsuit, we can email up to 4 people and your attorney at the same time for real time complete viewing of a lawsuit. You’ll receive annual report reminders. It’s the same price every year, and there are no weird fees or cancellation fees.

You’ll also see all the pre-populated forms and specific filing instructions on the thank you page, in your online account, and they will be emailed to you immediately upon signing up for 1 year of registered agent service.

Does the Ohio registered agent need to sign the filing?

No, your agent does not need to sign your OH LLC registration filing.

How can I file the Ohio Application for Registration?

By mail or in person.

What is the state agency that accepts the out of state registration?

Ohio Secretary of State
Business Services Division
PO Box 670
Columbus, OH
180 E. Broad St., 16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
(expedited requests only)
PO Box 1390
Columbus, OH

Phone: (614)466-3910

Do the signatures on the Ohio LLC application need to be original?


Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?

A member or manager of the LLC must sign the form.

Are there any weird things about registering in Ohio?

County filing or publication is not necessary for foreign LLCs, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.

Ohio is one of the few states for nonprofit LLCs. Nonprofit LLCs Filing with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office is not sufficient to obtain state or federal tax exemptions. The Secretary of State does not grant tax-exempt status. You must contact the Ohio Department of Taxation and the Internal Revenue Service to ensure that the nonprofit limited liability company secures the proper state and federal tax exemptions.

Are there ongoing Ohio annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?

Non-profit LLCs may need to file a Continued Existence of a non-profit in Ohio every 5 years. You will want to verify if your company is required to do this or not with the Secretary of State. No other LLC reporting is required.

What are your fees?

You’ll need to have an Ohio registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in Ohio. It’s a flat rate, once a year fee, and includes more than other registered agents. Here’s a little more about our registered agent service.

We charge a $100 one-time filing service fee if you would like us to obtain the certificates needed from your home state, and register your company in any state you choose. We have offices in every state and can act as your registered agent and make your filings for you in any state. If you would like to register with multiple states at once, we can usually drop our filing service fee down.

Additional Resources:

Ohio Taxes
How to Withdraw a Foreign LLC in Ohio

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