Search for Ohio Business Entities with the Secretary of State. You can lookup any Corporation, Professional Association, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Partnership, Limited Partnership (LP), Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), and a Unincorporated Non Profit Association. You may also use this as a name availability tool.

Ohio Secretary of State Corporation Entity Search

Step 1 – You may search for a corporation by the following ways:
By Name – Most popular. It is highly recommended you type in as many keywords as possible as the database will pull all matching entities. If you type in broad terms chances are you will be sorting through hundreds of listings.
Doc ID/Registration Number
Registered Agent
Previous Business Name

Step 2 – After typing in your selection you will be able to view the entity’s: Number, Name, Type, Original Filing Date, Expiry Date, Status, and Business Location. To view all the corporation information, click on the black link under the column ENTITY NUMBER.

Step 3 – You have completed your search and now able to view all the data on file with the Secretary of State including the corporation’s: Number, Name, Filing Type, Status, Original Filing Date, Expiry Date, Location of Principal Office, and the Officers.


Reserve a Corporation Name
Follow the steps below to have the rights to an entity name for incorporation for one hundred and eighty (180) days following successful filing.

Step 1 – Download and complete the Name Application.

Step 2 – Attach the $50 filing fee and send to:
Regular Filing (non expedite)
P.O. Box 670
Columbus, OH 43216

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Ohio Secretary of State LLC Search

Step 1 – Go to the Ohio Secretary of State.

Ohio Start Page

Step 2 – The default search option is by an LLC name, although you may also lookup a company by Number, Registered Agent, or by the Prior Business Name.
Be sure that when you are looking up your company by name that you include as many keywords as possible. The database will return all listings that contain your terms entered.

Listings By Page

Step 3 – When you have reached the listings page where you will see a preview of the entity’s: Number, Name, Type, Formation Date, Expiration Date, Status, and Business Location.
Click on the Company Number in the black text link to get further data

Company Details

Step 4 – You are now able to view all the information on file with the Secretary of State including the Limited Liability Company’s: Number, Name, Type, Status, Formation Date, Registered Agent, Incorporator, and also able to view images of previous filings.

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