Ohio LLC

How to Form an LLC in Ohio

How to Form an LLC in OhioA Ohio Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a legal structure used to protect your personal assets (home, car, bank account) in the event your business is sued.

An LLC can be used to operate a business, or an LLC can be used to hold assets (such as real estate, vehicles, boats, or aircraft).

Forming an LLC in Ohio is simple. Search your Ohio LLC name in the state database, file your LLC Articles of Organization and pay the state filing fee ($99).

After your Ohio LLC is approved, complete your Operating Agreement, and obtain your Federal Tax ID Number.

We’ve created a free video course that will walk you through forming your own Ohio LLC, step-by-step.

On desktop, the video lessons are listed on your right. On mobile, the video lessons are listed at the bottom of the page.

Need to save time? Have a professional LLC service file for you:
IncFile ($49 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)
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  1. daniel Allain February 25, 2017

    do I have live in the state or do business in the state that I file the LLC in.

    • Matt Horwitz February 25, 2017

      Hi Daniel, for most people, yes, but it depends on how your business is operating. Where do you reside, work from, and currently pay state taxes? What state are you thinking about? Check out this article: what’s the best state. I think it will help.

  2. Kyle May 17, 2017

    Hi, Matt I was wondering if I should file it by myself or if I should have someone else do it on my behalf? I live in Ohio, and the LLC I looking to acquire would be for an internet site. The site wouldn’t have an income for the first year or so. The site is more for a social experience for people. The site in the future will have a membership option, but we would have that rolled out for sometime after. I’m new to this and when it says a Tax ID number, what exactly is that for? Sorry if any questions are a little obvious. I’m just now starting this process of an LLC and a trademark. Thank you!

    • Matt Horwitz May 17, 2017

      Hi Kyle, you can do it either way. The pros and cons are mostly based around privacy. If you’d like to learn more about what an Organizer is (the one who files the Articles of Organization), you can read this article. Also, we have a video and article on the Federal Tax ID Number (aka EIN) here.

      • Kyle May 17, 2017

        Thank you Matt I will look into the links you’ve provided. Seriously appreciate your time!

        • Kyle May 17, 2017

          Sorry, Matt my phone autocorrected your name to Mark. My applosgizes, so embarrassing.

          • Matt Horwitz May 18, 2017

            No worries Kyle :) Thanks!


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