Forming an LLC requires a different business name, which must be unique and adheres to the guidelines. The great thing is Ohio’s Secretary of State page includes a name availability checker. Check out LLC Name Search to learn more.
On this page, you’ll learn about the following:
How to Name an LLC in Ohio
Time needed: 5 minutes.
There are guidelines to follow in doing an Ohio LLC name search. To learn more, check out LLC Naming Guidelines or read Foreign LLC Application for Registration if you’re planning to register a foreign LLC.
- Check Name Availability
Search the Business Entity Records in Ohio’s Official Secretary of State page to check if your chosen business name is available. You may also try typing your trademark, business, or domain name on any search engine to generate businesses with similar names and to ensure your trademark is unique and meets the state’s requirements.
Check out How to File a DBA to learn more about registering a DBA or trademark. For social media pages, use Social Searcher to avoid using similar page names.
- Check Domain Availability
If your business name is still available, you must register for a domain name using Namecheap, Google Workspace, or other domain name sites. So customers can easily find your business over the Internet. Use the Kinsta app to manage your domains efficiently.
- File Name Reservation
A Name Reservation Certificate is required along with a Certificate of Formation. You can reserve a name online, by mail, or in person with a $39 filing fee (plus tax for online).
File your Certificate of Formation and Name Reservation online on the Secretary of State Online Services page of Ohio. You may also download the pdf file of the Name reservation form and submit it with the processing fee to P.O. Box 670 Columbus, OH 43216 for a regular filing or P.O. Box 1390 Columbus, OH 43216 with the additional fee for an expedited filing.
Guidelines to Follow in Naming LLC
- Use a business name with the abbreviation “LLC” or the phrase “Limited Liability Company.”
- Your decided business name must not coincide with any existing government entity. Otherwise, you might have to face legal lawsuits when filing your LLC.
- Use the LLC name availability checker to ensure your business name is unique.
- Get a license first if you plan on using restricted words to avoid any complications.
Note that you must put adequate effort into naming your LLC because this name will be with your business for a long time. Making your LLC name unique is vital as it would prevent people from confusing your business with others, not to mention it would be easier for them to recall your business, products, or services.
How to Do Ohio LLC Online Name Search
Naming a business is one of the critical steps in establishing any LLC. There are two things to keep in mind while naming your LLC in Ohio- it should be attractive, meaningful as well as abide by some rules. In order to choose a unique name, you can take help from the Ohio LLC name search in the following ways:
Search by Business Name
Once you land on the business entity search page, you would come across several search options. One of them is to search by business name. Type the name you want to search in the field provided. You can select from different options available such as all, active, canceled, and dead.
Search by Exact Business Name
The other option for searching is by using the exact business name. Type in the name you wish to look for in the search tab. This option gives the name of businesses registered with the exact same name.
Search by Prior Business Name
There is another option to search for any business name based in Ohio. If you have the information about prior business names, you can run the search by providing the name in the search tab. The prior business name defines the business or name issued prior to the non-renewal period.
Search by Agent or Registrant Name
Another way to do the business name search is through the agent or registrant name. If you have information about the person or agent related to business. You can run the search by entering the name of that person, in the search field.
Search by Organizer or Incorporator Name
One more way to search for the business entity name is by the Organizer or Incorporator name. You have to type the name of the incorporator or organizer in the field provided. For better results, provide the location of incorporation in the field provided underneath.
Search by Entity Number
One other option to search for a business name is by the Entity ID or Document Number. It is the 6-digit unique number provided at the time of registration. You need to fill in the details in the search tab and enter. The search results will provide all the necessary information based on the number provided.
Search by Mark Number or Document ID
Apart from business names, you can also search by trademark number. You can provide the number in the field provided and press enter. You will get the information about the LLC registered with that particular trademark.
Search by Mark Description
This other option can be used to search for a business entity by providing some description of the trademark. You just need to fill in the details of the trademark, and press enter. You can opt from ‘all’, ‘active’, ‘canceled’, and ‘dead’ options available to refine your search.
Search by Mark Registrant Name
If you have the information about the trademark registrant’s name, you can opt for this option. Type the name of the registrant in the search field, and click on the ‘search’ button. You will get the details about LLC registered against the details provided.
How Do I Reserve an LLC Name in Ohio
To reserve an LLC name in Ohio you need to submit a name reservation request form to the Ohio Secretary of State by mail or online by paying a filing fee of $39.
In Ohio, you can reserve a company name by filing a form with the Secretary of State. However, filing a name reservation does not guarantee that the name you’ve chosen will be unique and will conform to trademark laws. Therefore, it is important to understand all naming requirements before you choose a name. In addition to a business name, an LLC must have a statutory agent, also known as a registered agent. This person will receive legal documents and forward them to the business owner.
The name of your business is the first impression that will be made on your potential clients and employees. Therefore, if you are planning to use a unique name, you should reserve it before someone else does. It’s the first official step of forming an LLC in Ohio. But there are certain cases when reserving a business name is essential. In such situations, you should file an Articles of Organization to protect your name.
You can either file the name reservation application online or submit it by mail to the Secretary of State. The name reservation application, form 534B, is available online or through the Secretary of State’s website. You must pay a fee of $39 to reserve a business name. In addition to filing a name reservation application, an LLC must have a statutory agent. The statutory agent is the person who accepts the official documents that will establish the LLC.
If the name you choose is already in use, you will need to register your business name under a different business entity. For example, if you’re filing an LLC, you may need to register your business name in your state as well. However, if the name you want to use is already used by a corporation, you may want to purchase an alternate web domain. If it is, you’ll need to change your DBA name as well.
When you have a business name in mind, you need to check whether it’s available in Ohio. It’s best to check if any other businesses in Ohio are using the same name. Otherwise, the Secretary of State will not approve the business name. If you want to protect your company name, you can also trademark the name if you’d like. The Secretary of State’s website contains a tool that allows you to search for the name you’ve selected.
Once you’ve gotten a business name, you need to fill out the Form LLC-A, which will include a statement of purpose. Then, submit the form to the Ohio Secretary of State. This document includes all the details about your business. After submitting the form to the Secretary of State, it will be added to public record. It’s also a good idea to file an amended LLC-in-Oregon for the state to avoid any confusion.
The next step is to find a Registered Agent, who can accept legal paperwork on your behalf. This person can be a member of the LLC or an employee. However, they must have a physical address in Ohio and accept the role of Registered Agent. This person or business is required to pay an additional fee, which varies from $100 to $200 annually. However, it’s worth it for a name like “Legally Resident of Ohio” to become available in the state.
A trade name (doing business as (DBA) name) is the official name under which a proprietor or company chooses to do business.
Having a domain isn’t necessary, but it is recommended. If you have a domain name, customers will find you more accessible through online means with your online website.
For domestic LLC, you can simply brainstorm for another name if the one you pick is no longer available. For foreign LLC, you must think up a “fictitious name,” which you’ll use only in the state.
LLC names are important as it is the main identity of your business. While naming your LLC make sure to choose the one that suits the nature of your business. Follow the naming guidelines before you start filing your LLC name