How Do I Form A Corporation in Ohio?

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We make it easy to start your corporation in Ohio. DBI Global Filings will handle all aspects of forming your corporation. Here is what we do for you:

  • Check your company name for availability with the Ohio Secretary of State
  • Prepare and review name reservation certificate
  • Prepare and review the certificate of incorporation
  • Provide an Ohio registered agent office and legal address
  • Submit initial corporation filing fee to Ohio
  • Notify you of any annual compliance requirements

Here is some basic information for your review.

How do I set up a corporation in Ohio?

  1. Select a company name. (Name must include one of the following words or abbreviations: corporation, corp., incorporated, inc., company, co., or limited, ltd.
  2. Location of principal office in Ohio (required)
  3. Number of shares, type of shares (common or preferred), and par value (required)
  4. Purpose of corporation (optional)
  5. If the corporation is to have an initial stated capital, please state the amount of that stated capital in dollars. (required)

Can I reserve a corporation company name in advance of formation?

Yes. A name may be reserved for a period of 180 days. There is a $39 filing fee to reserve a corporation name.

Does Ohio require that directors or officers be listed?

No. Ohio does NOT require that any initial directors or officers be listed on the certificate of incorporation.

Does Ohio require a principal office?

Yes. Ohio requires that a principal office in Ohio be listed.  

Does Ohio need a duration listed on the certificate of incorporation?

No. Listing a duration is optional.

Do I need to list a corporation purpose on the certificate of incorporation?

No. Ohio does NOT require that a purpose be listed on the certificate of incorporation.

Do I need to provide Ohio an email address?

No. Ohio does NOT require an email address.

How much does it cost for a corporation in Ohio?

Ohio charges an initial filing fee of $99.

Are there are annual renewal fees in Ohio?

Unlike most states, there are no annual fees or annual reports due.

How long does it take to get a corporation filed in Ohio?

Ohio takes about 2-5 business days to setup your corporation and receive your certificate.

How do I get an EIN number in Ohio?

Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) are issued by the Internal Revenue Service. States do not issue EIN numbers.

What does DBI Global Filings do? How much do you charge?

Upon receiving your order, we prepare the articles of formation, ensure that the information complies with Ohio state law, and review the filing for accuracy. We charge a one-time processing fee and an annual registered agent fee. Our processing fees are listed on our order form.

Information about other states is available by selecting a state from the menu below. Visit Ohio website for more detailed information about incorporating. Thank you for your interest in forming a Ohio corporation.


Our Incorporation Specialists are available by telephone, email or live chat.

Why order a corporation from DBI Global Filings, LLC?

  • Easy to order online, by phone or live chat
  • Transparent pricing -- our processing fee plus state fees -- no hidden fees
  • Experienced document retrieval staff
  • Same business day processing in most cases
  • Email and/or hard copy delivery
  • All major credit cards, Western Union and bank wires accepted
  • In business since 1986
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