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Ohio Foreign Corporation Registration

Ohio Certificate of Authority

If you are a corporation based in another state and want to transact business in Ohio, you will need a Certificate of Authority to operate in Ohio. This is obtained by submitting paperwork as a foreign corporation with the Ohio Secretary of State, Corporations Division. After you submit your forms, the State of Ohio will return a filed certificate of authority to you. An Ohio foreign corporation is not to be confused with an out-of-country corporation. Any corporation not actually formed (created) in the State of Ohio is considered to be a foreign corporation.

We charge $100 plus the Ohio state filing fee to prepare and file the foreign Ohio corporation Certificate of Authority form to the Corporations Division of the Ohio Secretary of State. We will also obtain the forms needed from your home state of incorporation to submit your paperwork.

If you want to do the filing yourself: you just need to sign up for our registered agent service in Ohio and you’ll find the foreign corporation form is in your online account immediately. You’ll also find some submission tips on how to submit your documents with the state. You are required to have a registered agent in Ohio anyway, so we try to make the process simple and easy for you, whether you want us to do the filing or you want to do the filing yourself.

How Do I Get Started?

Just sign up for registered agent service first. Next, you can look at the foreign corporation form in your online account and also at the included filing tips. If you don’t want to do the filing yourself, you can click the “Add services” tab from your account, and add our filing services for the state filing fees plus $100. Your account shows real time status of our work in progress. Once we are finished with your foreign corporation registration in Ohio, we always upload the filing to your client account, email it to you, and mail you the original filed documents.