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How to Form a Foreign Limited Liability Partnership Company in the State of Ohio

by Alexis Dawes
  • Overview

    Any limited liability partnership that was started outside of Ohio is considered to be a foreign limited liability partnership, and in order to do business in Ohio, the limited liability partnership must file a Statement of Foreign Qualification with the Ohio secretary of state. However, even though you file a Statement of Foreign Qualification, the partnership itself is still governed by the laws where you started it.
 
  • Step 1

    Check your business name availability. The Ohio secretary of state requires that any newly registered business name be different from those that were previously registered. Use the Name Availability Search page on the Ohio secretary of state website to confirm that your name is usable.
  • Step 2

    Establish an Ohio address. There are three ways to do this: You may have a chief executive office or a partnership office (both in Ohio), or appoint an agent. An agent can be an Ohio resident, corporation, partnership, business trust, estate, association, joint venture or other legal venture authorized to do business in Ohio.
  • Step 3

    Gather documents showing that the limited liability partnership was legally started elsewhere. To fulfill this requirement, show a certificate of existence from the state where you originally registered the business.
  • Step 4

    Complete, print and mail Form 105-PLF. This is the Statement of Foreign Qualification, Limited Liability Partnership form, and you may fill it online before printing it. As of 2009 the filing fee is $125, with an additional $100 if you want the form expedited in two to three days. The mailing address is listed on the application.
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  • Business name Ohio address Certificate of existence
  • Business name
  • Ohio address
  • Certificate of existence
  • Do not enter any Social Security or tax ID numbers in the application. The secretary of state's office cannot file or process documents containing that information.
  • Do not enter any Social Security or tax ID numbers in the application. The secretary of state's office cannot file or process documents containing that information.

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