How to File a DBA in Ohio (3 Simple Steps)

How To Use This Guide

Use our free guide below to file for a DBA in Ohio:

Use A Professional Service

A professional service will handle filing your DBA on your behalf, allowing you to focus on the other needs of your new business.

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Step 1) Get A Copy Of Name Registration Form

WebsiteFirst things first, verify that the trade name you want is still available. Use the Ohio Secretary of State search tool to check, as well as the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office TESS System to see if there are any trademark conflicts.

Then, download a copy of the Fictitious/Trade Name Registration Form, or obtain one by visiting your local County Clerk's Office (in the county where your business will be operating under the name).

Step 2) Fill Out The Form

Register an LLCAll necessary instructions can be found on the name registration form itself, but don't hesitate to reach out to the Secretary of State's office, SBA, or a professional filing service if you find any of the information confusing.

Make sure to read the fine print and have all essential information in-hand, like your desired trade/fictitious name, date of first use, nature of business operations, business address, etc.

Step 3) Submit Completed Name Registration Form

Mail in the FormAfter double-checking that all your entries are correct, you'll be ready to submit your name registration form! Simply mail it in (along with the appropriate filing fee) to one of the addresses below:

Filing Fee: $50 for regular processing, and an additional $100 for two-day expedited processing.

Regular Filing:

P.O. Box 670

Columbus, OH 43216

Expedited Filing: 

P.O. Box 1390

Columbus, OH 43216

Need Help Filing Your DBA?

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