Ohio LLC and Ohio Corporation
Filed with the Ohio Secretary of State Business Services Division
Ohio Corporation Names
The Ohio Corporation name must include the word or an abbreviation of a word that indicates that the named entity is a corporation. Examples of a corporate name ending include “Incorporated,” “Corporation,” “Company” or “Limited.” The name cannot state or imply that the corporation is formed for a purpose other than what is permitted in the articles of incorporation. Also, the name cannot be the same or deceptively similar to any active domestic or foreign corporation or LLC filed with the state.
Ohio Limited Liability Company (LLC) Names
The Ohio Limited Liability Company (Ohio LLC) must use the term “Limited Liability Company”, “LLC” or “L.L.C.” The word “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.” And the word “Company” as “Co.” The name cannot state or imply that the LLC is formed for a purpose other than what is permitted in the articles of organization. Also, the name cannot be the same or deceptively similar to any active domestic or foreign corporation or LLC filed with the state.
A corporation must maintain a registered agent at all times to accept any important service of process from the state. The registered agent must be located and available during regular business hours at a legal address within the state. Ohio prohibits the use of a P.O. Box as your registered agent’s address.
- Minimum Number – Not less than three, unless there are only one or two shareholders of record; then the number of directors may be less than three but not less than the number of shareholders.
- State Residence Requirements – None.
- Age Requirements – Directors must be 18 years of age.
- Directors are not required to be listed in the articles of incorporation.
Officers are not required to be listed in the articles of incorporation.
The articles must state:
. The number of shares and the par value of shares that the corporation is authorized to issue. (NOTE: Certain par value restrictions apply to particular types of corporations, including banking, trust and insurance corporations.)
. The initial stated capital of corporation, if any.
. The address of the corporation’s principal office.
The corporation must keep books and records readily available for inspection. No particular location is required.
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