Use this form to create a limited liability company (LLC) in Ohio. Included are specific instructions on where to file including required filing fees.
You can use this form as a guide to either (1) file on-line directly with the state agency, or (2) send by mail directly to the state. State filing fees are additional.
Most states now accept on-line filing. See our chart that lists states that accept free online filing of Articles of Incorporation or Certificates or Organization for a Limited Liability Company.
A Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a business entity created which has the characteristics of both a corporation and a partnership. An LLC enables the owner or the members to pass income through to their personal tax returns. You can organize either a one-member LLC, or a multi-member LLC. An LLC has the following advantages:
- LLCs are easy to organize and maintain;
- Members are insulated from the debts of an LLC, just like a corporation;
- Income and losses can be passed through to members as in a sole proprietorship or partnership;
- LLCs are more informal in terms of maintenance;
- An LLC can have very flexible management and you can structure ownership in different ways. For example, you can have a Managing Member who gets a certain level of income and profit, and limited members who receive less income and profit, just like a limited partnership.
Save money and legal fees by doing it yourself. You can be the resident agent for your own company if you are a resident of the state where it is organized. This enables you to save on annual resident agent fees.
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