A registered agent is a business or individual who serves as a company’s representative. They are typically tasked with accepting documents on the LLC’s behalf, including official government correspondence. This can include service of process notices, tax information, communication from the Secretary of State, and notices of lawsuits. Registered agents act as a middle-man, as it is their job to see that members of the LLC receive these documents.
Ohio Requirements For Individual Registered Agents
Fortunately for business owners, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office provides a detailed breakdown of the requirements necessary to serve as a statutory agent. One of the options business owners have is choosing an individual to serve in the role. To do so, individuals must:
- Be a natural person who is a resident of Ohio
- Be at least 18 years old
- Provide an address that will serve as the company’s registered office
- Be at this address during regular business hours
Ohio Requirements For A Company Serving As A Registered Agent
Additionally, Ohio companies can elect to have a company serve as their statutory agent. Much like an individual, the company must meet a few requirements.
- The company must have a business address in the state of Ohio
- The agent must meet Title XVII requirements as outlined in the Revised Code
- The business must be in good standing with the state of Ohio
- Domestic or foreign corporations, nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited partnership associations, professional associations, business trusts, and unincorporated nonprofit associations can all serve as statutory agents.
DoMyLLC Can Serve As Your Registered Agent
It’s critical that new business owners find a registered agent upon who they can trust and rely. At DoMyLLC, we offer registered agent services to those looking to file as an LLC or corporation in the state of Ohio. When hiring us to serve as a registered agent, business owners can rest assured that they are receiving reliable, professional services, including:
- A physical address in the state of Ohio, meeting requirements set forth by the Secretary of State’s Office.
- An office available during business hours from Monday through Friday. We can accept all legal correspondence for a company.
- A secure online account where business owners can manage your documents.
- An innovative management system design making it easier than ever for business owners to handle all legal correspondence, even if they’re not in the state.
- A compliance reminder system that informs business owners when annual report filings are due, ensuring they never miss a deadline.
- A compliance calendar, which is an easy-to-view method that allows owner to track when annual reports are due.
- A vast document library that includes both state and internal paperwork for Corporations and LLCs
- Links to state and government agencies
- Unlimited document storage
If businesses in Ohio miss important deadlines, such as annual report filings, they could be subject to harsh penalties. When hiring DoMyLLC as a registered agent, business owners can trust that their information will be uploaded to the online management system immediately upon delivery and that they will never miss an important deadline. DoMyLLC allows business owners to focus on running their business instead of having to burden themselves with compliance paperwork.
How To Change Your Ohio Registered Agent
If you are a business owner in the state of Ohio who is not satisfied with the registered agent currently representing your company, it’s possible that you can make a change.
- Hire a New Agent – Before removing their existing statutory agent, Ohio business owners should hire a new agent. They should take time to find one who is trustworthy and who can help with their business’ operations.
- File the Required Change of Agent Paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State – Once business owners have secured their new agent, they can go about filing the change with the Secretary of State’s office. They can do so by filing Change of Agent paperwork. Although these forms are available for download, it’s perhaps easiest if companies submit the information online Ohio Business Central. The Change of Agent form is the only method Ohio business owners have to change their registered agent, since an annual report is not required.
- Pay the Filing Fee – When filing online, businesses can pay their filing fees via credit card. If a company chooses to submit a paper version, they can pay the filing fees by check or money order. Checks can be made out to “Ohio Secretary of State.
State Filing Fees
Depending on whether they are filing for the first time or are merely looking to make a change to their registered agent will determine how much Ohio business owners will pay in filing fees. Below is a breakdown of the filing fees associated with submitting registered agent paperwork to the Secretary of State’s office.
|Entity Type||State Fee Registered Agent Change|
|Domestic Ohio Corporation||$25|
|Domestic Ohio Limited Liability Company||$25|
|Domestic Ohio Non-Profit Corporations||$25|
|Domestic & Foreign Partnerships (LP, LLP, LLLP)||$25|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporations||$25|
|Foreign Limited Liability Companies||$25|
|Corporation Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic Ohio Corporation||$99|
|Domestic Ohio Non-Profit Corporation||$99|
|Foreign Corporation Qualification||$99|
|Foreign Non-Profit Corporation Qualification||$99|
|LLC Entity Type||State Fee for Formation|
|Domestic Ohio Limited Liability Company||$99|
|Domestic Ohio Partnerships||$25-$110|
|Foreign Limited Liability Company Qualification||$99|
|Foreign Partnership Qualification||$99|