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Form an Ohio DBA

Register your DBA today! With a registered Ohio DBA (also known as Doing Business As or fictitious business name), you will have the power to open bank accounts and legally transact business using the name of your new venture. Additionally, filing your Ohio DBA grants you exclusive rights to your business name. Let LegalZoom help cross another one off of your to do list.

OHIO STATUTORY GUIDELINES customizes your legal DBA filing to comply with local requirements, no matter where you live. However, if you're interested in the specifics, they are listed below.

In Ohio, names may not imply that the DBA is connected with a government agency, or imply that the applicant is incorporated and the application is not incorporated. Additionally, the Secretary of State must not file an application for the registration of any DBA if it is not distinguishable from any other DBA previously registered.

When filing a DBA in Ohio, one must provide the name and business address of the user, the DBA being used, the general nature of the business conducted by the user, and the length of time during which the DBA has been used by the applicant in business operations in this state. For a general partnership, one must include the names and residence addresses of all the partners. For a limited partnership existing prior to July 1, 1994 that has not been registered, one must provide the name of the Ohio county in which its certificate of limited partnership or application for registration as a foreign limited partnership is filed.

The report must be signed by the user or by any authorized representative of the user. A report under this division must be made within thirty (30) days after the date of the first use of the DBA.

In Ohio, a DBA expires in five (5) years. Renewals must be filed within six (6) months of expiration. For a general partnership, one must renew its registration or report when there has been a change in the listing of partners on its registration. Limited partnerships must renew its registration or report when a change occurs in the listing of general partners.