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How to file a DBA in Ohio?
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Category : > DBA / Assumed Name
Posted On : Tue Aug 09th,2016

How to file a DBA in Ohio?

Purpose of Filing a Trade Name or Fititious Name in Ohio


You file a Trade Name application with the Ohio Secretary of State if either registering business as a sole proprietorship or adding additional names under your legal entity is registered with the OH Secretary of State. 

Following is the requirement to file a DBA in Ohio:


  • Submit Name Search request to make sure it is available to register. You can send a request by using a following link.
  • Provide the Trade or Fictitious Business Name (FBN)
  • Provide the name and address including county of th registrant.
  • Purpose to create a Trade Name.
  • Fill out complete  form online.
  • Current estimated time to register business name is 2-3 business days.


Open a Bank Account

You should open a bank account to record your business activities for tax filings.


Apply Employer Identification Number (EIN)


You may need to apply for an EIN if hiring employees otherwise it is not required for the Sole Proprietorship Business.


Register Sole Proprietorship in San Francisco California as a Non Resident
A nonresident who does not live in Ohio cannot establish a Sole Proprietorship.


Information for your reference: 


  • You have to contact with the Ohio Department of Taxation for determining state and local tax obligations.
  • To Report Newly Hired and Re-Hired Employees, you have to contact to Ohio Department of Taxation.
  • Contact the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. If your business or organization has an employee or employees visit under "Employers."
  • Contact the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Employers may be required to establish an Unemployment Compensation Tax Account with the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services. Visit - search "Employer."
  • obtain the proper licenses and permits. The Ohio Business Gateway,, Licenses and Permits page provides a list of professional licenses and business permits necessary to do business in Ohio. Contact your county and local government to determine if any special requirements exist for your type of business.

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