Ohio LLC Annual Report

Last updated on November 23, 2022

LLCs formed in Ohio do not need to file an annual report with the state. Only Corporations are required to file the biennial report.

What is an LLC?

Limited Liability Company

LLC is a business entity in the U.S that provides limited liability to its members. It has characteristics from both corporation and sole proprietorship. LLCs are permitted under State statutes of each US state.

Limited liability

Personal assets are protected for people with limited liability when they are sued.


A business entity that can issue shares and give limited liability to shareholders.


Owners of an LLC are referred to as members. They own membership interest in the LLC.

Sole proprietorship

Where an individual engages in business activity without formal organization.

Ohio actions

Here are some of the actions business owners can take in Ohio:

How to file annual report in Ohio?

Check the steps below:

1. No need to file an annual report

Ohio LLCs are not required to file an annual report. There is no money owed annually to the Secretary of State and there is no Information Report to submit.

LLC Annual Report

LLCs do not have to file annual reports in Ohio.

Articles of Organization

In Ohio, Articles of Organization is the form you file with the Secretary of State to form an LLC. It contains the articles of formation for the LLC.

Filing Articles of Organization

There are a couple of ways to file

  • File it online on Ohio Secretary of State website


  • Mail a form to the state department



Ohio Secretary of State

P.O. Box 670

Columbus, OH 43216

Online fee


Online processing time

7 days

Mailing fee


Mail processing time

7 days

Entity name

Every LLC should have a unique name in Ohio. Ohio maintains a list of names of entities in the state. Go through it to check if your chosen name is available.

Search for names

Go to the official website of the Ohio business search tool to see if the name you want is available.

Searching fee



You can reserve a name for your LLC for a specific duration by paying reservation fees to the Ohio business services. You will have to file your LLC formation documents within this period to keep the name. Alternatively, you can directly go ahead with the LLC formation without any reservation. That's fine too.

Reservation fee


Reservation period

180 days

LLC naming guidelines

The name you choose for your LLC must the official naming guidelines.

  • Ohio Revised Code §1705.05


Here are some of the guidelines in simple language:

  • 1

    Shall include the words, "limited liability company," without abbreviation or shall include one of the following abbreviations: "LLC," "L.L.C.," "limited," "ltd.," or "ltd".

  • 2

    Don’t include terms that indicate that you are doing an activity that you are not authorised to do.

  • 3

    Your name should be ‘distinguishable’ in the Secretary of State records. Adding a punctuation or ‘the’ does not make it distinguishable.

  • 4

    Don’t use words that makes it seems like you are a governmental entity or has an affiliation.

Frequently asked questions

LLC annual report in Ohio

It is very important to maintain full compliance in Ohio. Even though LLCs do not have to file an annual report. Other entities in the state may have to file them.

Ohio LLC

Ohio Business search

Page written and verified by independent sources

If you like this page, maybe buy us a coffee?