Ohio State Resource Center
Ohio Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Ohio Attorney General is the chief legal officer of the State of Ohio in the United States. The office is filled by general election, held every four years.
The Governor of the State of Ohio is the head of the executive branch of Ohio's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws; the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Ohio Legislature; the power to convene the legislature; and the power to grant pardons, except in cases of treason and impeachment.
- Lt. Governor
The position of Lt. Governor of Ohio was established in 1852. The Lt. Governor becomes governor if the governor resigns, dies in office or is removed by impeachment. Before 1852, the president of the Ohio State Senate would serve as acting governor if a vacancy in the governorship occurred. Until relatively recently, Lt. Governors were elected separately but concurrently with the governor. This was changed by constitutional amendment after 1974.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is Ohio's chief elections office and oversees the elections process and appoints the members of boards of elections in each of Ohio's 88 counties. The secretary of state's office also licenses ministers to perform marriage, registers non-resident alien land, and issues apostilles, which are certifications verifying signatures on documents to be used outside of the United States. All laws passed by the Ohio General Assembly, municipal charters, administrative rules adopted by agencies, and all executive orders issued by the governor are filed with the secretary of state's office, as well.
- State Auditor
The Auditor of State’s office is responsible for auditing all public offices in Ohio. The Auditor of State’s office is organized in four major divisions: Administration Division; Audit Division; Audit Services & Technology Section; and Legal Division.
- State of Ohio
Ohio is a Midwestern state in the United States. Ohio is known for its status as both a swing state and a bellwether in national elections. Although there are conflicting narratives regarding the origin of the nickname, Ohio is historically known as the 'Buckeye State' (relating to the Ohio Buckeye Tree) and Ohioans are also known as 'Buckeyes.
- State Treasurer
The principle responsibility of the State Treasurer is safeguarding the tax money of the people of Ohio. Its mission is to protect and invest state funds while providing innovative financial education and resources, empowering you to make Smart Money Choices.
Ohio Legislative Branch
- Ohio General Assembly
The Ohio General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Ohio. It consists of the 99-member Ohio House of Representatives and the 33-member Ohio Senate. Both houses of the General Assembly meet at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
- Ohio House of Representatives
The Ohio House of Representatives is the lower house of the Ohio General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Ohio. Members are limited to four consecutive two-year elected terms. There are 99 members in the house, elected from single-member districts. Every even-numbered year, all the seats are up for re-election.
- Ohio Joint Legislative Ethics Committee
The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee serves as the ethics advisory committee for Ohio’s legislative branch of government. The bipartisan committee carries out its mission through the Office of the Legislative Inspector General (“OLIG”). The focus of the OLIG is to provide legal advice and guidance to prevent ethics violations.
- Ohio Senate
The Ohio State Senate is the upper house of the Ohio State Legislature. There are 33 State Senators. The state legislature meets in the state capital, Columbus. The President of the Senate presides over the body when in session. Senators serve four year terms. The terms of the Senators are staggered so that approximately half the membership is elected every two years. The Senators representing the even-numbered districts are elected in years evenly divisible by four. The Senators from the odd-numbered districts are elected in the intervening even-numbered years. Senators are limited to two terms.
Ohio Court Rules and Forms
- Domestic Relations Forms
Uniform Ohio Domestic Relations Forms.
- Forms Translation Project
The Supreme Court of Ohio embarked on a translation project to benefit individuals who have Limited English Proficiency (LEP) by making 27 court forms available in five major languages: Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Somali and Spanish.
- Ohio Court Rules
Ohio Rules of Court. Provides links to Rules of Practice and Procedure in Ohio Courts; Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio; Rules for Ohio Judges and Attorneys; Supreme Court Rules; Miscellaneous Rules; and Rules of the Court of Claims of Ohio.
- Ohio Eighth Appellate District Court of Appeals Forms
Provides links to downloadable Docketing Statement and Praecipe for the 8th Appellate District in pdf format.
- Ohio Eighth Appellate District Court of Appeals Local Rules
Provides links to Local Rules, updates, and the Court's Recording Proceedings Policy for the 8th District Court of Appeals.
- Ohio Eleventh Appellate District Court of Appeals Forms
- Ohio Fifth Appellate District Court of Appeals Local Rules
Provides link to Local Rules of the 5th Appellate Judicial District.
- Ohio First Appellate District Court of Appeals Forms
Provides links to Criminal Case Forms; Civil Case Forms; and Common Forms, Instructions and FAQs.
- Ohio First Appellate District Court of Appeals Rules
Provides links to the Local Rules of the 1st Appellate District Court and Rules of Appellate Procedure.
- Ohio Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeals Local Rules
Provides link to automatic pdf download to Local Rules of the Fourth District Court of Appeals.
- Ohio Ninth Appellate District Court of Appeals Forms
Provides links to Forms, Samples and Resources for the 9th Appellate District in pdf and word format.
- Ohio Ninth Appellate District Court of Appeals Local Rules
Provides information and links to Local Rules and Docketing Statement for the 9th Appellate District.
- Ohio Seventh Appellate District Court of Appeals Forms
Provides links to downloadable Civil Docketing Statement; Criminal Docketing Statement; and Praecipe for the 7th Appellate District in pdf and word format.
- Ohio Seventh Appellate District Court of Appeals Rules
Provides information and links to the Local Rules of the 7th Appellate District and the Rules of Appellate Procedure.
- Ohio Sixth Appellate District Court of Appeals Forms
Provides links to downloadable forms for the 6th District Court of Appeals.
- Ohio Sixth Appellate District Court of Appeals Local Rules
Provides link to automatic pdf download to Local Rules of the 6th District Court of Appeals.
- Ohio Tenth Appellate District Court of Appeals Forms
Provides links to 10th District Court of Appeals Forms.
- Ohio Tenth Appellate District Court of Appeals Rules
Provides link to Local Rules of the 10th District Court of Appeals.
- Ohio Third Appellate District Court of Appeals Local Rules
Provides links to Local Rules of the 3rd District Court of Appeals
- Ohio Third Appellate District Court of Appeals Rules
Provides link to automatic pdf download to Rules of Appellate Procedure for Ohio Third District Court of Appeals.
- Supreme Court Rules of Practice
Provides link to automatic pdf download to Ohio Supreme Court Rules of Practice.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio Bankruptcy Forms
Provides links to Local and National Bankruptcy Forms.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio Local Rules
Provides link to automatic pdf download of Local Rules for Northern Bankruptcy Court.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio Bankruptcy Rules & Forms
Provides links to Local Rules and Forms for Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court.
Ohio Judicial Branch
- Ohio Judicial Conference
The Ohio Judicial Conference (OJC) is an independent statutory entity within the judicial branch of government. OJC's purpose is to study the co-ordination of the work of the several courts of Ohio; encourage uniformity in the application of the law, rules, and practice throughout the state and within each division of the courts; promote an exchange of experience and suggestions respecting the operation of the judicial system; and consider the business and problems pertaining to the administration of justice and to make recommendations for its improvement.
- Supreme Court of Ohio & The Ohio Judicial System
The Supreme Court is the court of last resort in Ohio. Most of its cases are appeals from the 12 district courts of appeals. The Court may grant leave to appeal felony cases from the courts of appeals and may direct a court of appeals to certify its record in any civil or misdemeanor case that the Court finds to be "of public or great general interest." The Supreme Court also has appellate jurisdiction in cases involving questions arising under the Ohio or U.S. Constitutions, cases originating in the courts of appeals, and cases in which there have been conflicting opinions on the same question from two or more courts of appeals.
Ohio Executive Branch
- Bureau of Motor Vehicles
The mission of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is to provide prompt, courteous, and efficient services to the public while fulfilling our obligations as set forth in the motor vehicle laws of the State of Ohio. The Bureau is a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
- Bureau of Workers' Compensation
The Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is the administrative and insurance arm of Ohio’s workers’ compensation system. BWC provides insurance to about two-thirds of Ohio's work force. The remaining workers receive coverage directly through their employers. BWC is the largest exclusive state-fund workers’ compensation system in the United States and the second largest underwriter of workers’ compensation insurance in the country.
- Department of Administrative Services
The Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) s committed to providing quality centralized services, specialized support and innovative solutions to state agencies, boards and commissions as well as local governments and state universities. DAS is organized into the divisions of Equal Opportunity, General Services and Human Resources as well as the Office of Collective Bargaining and Office of Information Technology.
- Department of Aging
The mission of the Ohio Department of Aging is to provide leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers.
- Department of Agriculture
The mission of the Ohio Department of Agriculture is to provide regulatory protection to producers, agribusinesses, and the consuming public; to promote Ohio agricultural products in domestic and international markets; and to educate the citizens of Ohio about Ohio's agricultural industry.
- Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services
The mission of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) is to provide statewide leadership in establishing a high quality addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services system of care that is effective, accessible and valued by all Ohioans. ODADAS is responsible for the development of a comprehensive statewide plan, emphasizing abstinence as its primary goal, to distribute federal and state funds for the prevention and treatment of alcohol and other drug addictions.
- Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce is one of the state's chief regulatory agencies. Its divisions include: Administration; Financial Institutions; Industrial Compliance & Labor; Liquor Control; Real Estate; Securities; State Fire Marshall; and Unclaimed Funds.
- Department of Development
The Lt. Governor is the Director of the Department of Development. The Department's activities are a blend of: Marketing Ohio; Deal-making: Innovating; Investing; and Collaborating to form regional partnerships that provide global economic advantage. The department's mission is to change the trajectory of Ohio's economy by purposefully redesigning the business climate to increase the global competitiveness of Ohio's businesses, resulting in prosperity for all Ohioans.
- Department of Developmental Disabilities
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is responsible for overseeing a statewide system of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. DODD's divisions include the Administrative; Division of Developmental Centers; the Division of Fiscal Administration; the Division of Human Resources; the Division of Information Technology Services; Division of Legal & Oversight; Director's Office of Policy & Constituent Support; and the Division of Medicaid Development & Administration.
- Department of Education
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is the state education agency of Ohio. ODE s responsible for primary and secondary public education in the state, but does not have jurisdiction over higher education. ODE is responsible for implementing standardized tests required by state and federal law.
- Department of Health
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is the flagship of Ohio’s public health infrastructure. ODH is organized in three divisions: Prevention; Quality Assurance; and Family and Community Health Services. Prevention is the arm that works to prevent illness and injury and also conducts disease investigations. Quality Assurance is the regulatory section, while Family and Community Health Services works to provide access to care.
- Department of Insurance
The mission of the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) is to provide consumer protection through education and fair but vigilant regulation while promoting a stable and competitive environment for insurers.
- Department of Job and Family Services
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) offers a wide range of assistance to help Ohio’s families find solutions to their temporary challenges. This includes unemployment compensation, health care, cash assistance, food assistance, child care, child support enforcement and administration, and employment and training assistance.
- Department of Mental Health
The Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) works to assure access to quality mental health services for Ohioans at all levels of need and life stages. ODMH's responsibilities include supporting and monitoring local systems of care; provideing quality inpatient services; promoting accessto community services; improving services to shildren/adolescents; improving linkages to criminal justice systems; provideing quality support services; conducting research to address system priorities; and protecting rights of people receiving services.
- Department of Natural Resources
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) owns and manages more than 590,000 acres of land including 74 state parks, 20 state forests, 134 state nature preserves, and 138 wildlife areas. ODNR also has jurisdiction over more than 120,000 acres of inland waters; 7,000 miles of streams; 481 miles of Ohio River; and 2-1/4 million acres of Lake Erie. In addition, ODNR licenses all hunting, fishing, and watercraft in the state and is responsible for overseeing and permitting all mineral extraction, monitoring dam safety, managing water resources, coordinating the activity of Ohio's 88 county soil and water conservation districts, mapping the state's major geologic structures and mineral resources, and promoting recycling and litter prevention through grant programs in local communities.
- Department of Public Safety
The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) serves and protects the safety and security of Ohioans through its divisions: Administration; Bureau of Motor Vehicles; Emergency Management Agency; Emergency Medical Services; Homeland Security; Ohio State Highway Patrol; Investigative Unit; Office of Criminal Justice Services; and the Ohio Traffic Safety Office.
- Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) protects and supports Ohioans by ensuring that adult felony offenders are effectively supervised in environments that are safe, humane, and appropriately secure. In partnership with communities, DRC will promote citizen safety and victim reparation. Through rehabilitative and restorative programming, DRC seeks to instill in offenders an improved sense of responsibility and the capacity to become law-abiding members of society.
- Department of Taxation
The primary function of the Ohio Department of Taxation is the collection and administration of 21 state taxes, three local taxes and the oversight of real property tax. The department also distributes revenue to local governments, libraries and school districts. Its mission is to provide quality service to Ohio taxpayers by helping them comply with their tax responsibilities and by fairly applying the tax law.
- Department of Transportation
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is the organization of state government responsible for developing and maintaining all state and federal roadways in the state of Ohio with exception of the Ohio Turnpike. In addition to highways, the department also helps develop public transportation and public aviation programs. ODOT has broken up the state of Ohio into 12 districts in order to facilitate regional development. Each district is responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the state and federal highways in their region.
- Department of Veterans Services
The Department of Veterans Services is dedicated to ensuring that the rights and entitlements of personnel, earned by nature of their service to this country, are pursued and protected.
- Division of Liquor Control
Liquor Control is a division of the Department of Commerce. It is responsible for controlling the manufacture, distribution, licensing, regulation, and merchandising of beer, wine, mixed beverages, and spirituous liquor within Ohio. Regulatory functions include the issuance of permits to manufacturers, distributors and retailers of alcoholic beverages. Ohio is a “control state” . The Division is the sole purchaser and distributor of spirituous liquor in Ohio. The Division selects and prices the products, and supplies them to private businesses at no charge.
- Division of Travel and Tourism
Discover Ohio is the official tourism site of the Division of Travel and Tourism. It provides information on lodging, attractions, places to visit, events and more.
- Emergency Management Agency
The primary mission of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is to coordinate activities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. This mission is carried out by closely interfacing with local, state and federal agencies in an effort to bring resources of recovery and support to Ohioans impacted by the disaster. EMA agency activities also include: education, training, planning and preparedness.
- Environmental Protection Agency
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a state agency whose goal is to protect the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws. Ohio EPA establishes and enforces standards for air, water, waste management and cleanup of sites contaminated with hazardous substances. We also provide financial assistance to businesses and communities; environmental education programs for businesses and the public; and pollution prevention assistance to help businesses minimize their waste at the source.
- Office of Budget and Management
The mission of the Office of Budget and Management is to support Ohio’s state government with financial management, budgeting, and resource development through effective fiscal leadership, policy analysis, and sound management practices. Departments of OBM: Budget Development; Controlling Board; Debt Management; Electronic Commerce; Financial Reporting; Financial Planning and Supervision Comissions; The Office of Internal Audit; Shared Services; and State Accounting.
- Office of Criminal Justice Services
Through its research, technology, grants administration and programmatic initiatives, the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) serves agencies and communities committed to reducing and preventing crime across Ohio. OCJS identifies justice issues, evaluates programs and develops technology, training and products for criminal justice professionals and communities.
- Office of Information Technology
The DAS Office of Information Technology (OIT) delivers statewide information technology and telecommunication services to state government agencies, boards and commissions as well as policy and standards development, lifecycle investment planning and privacy and security management.
- Ohio Board of Tax Appeals
The Board of Tax Appeals is a separate, quasi-judicial, administrative agency created to resolve appeals from decisions of various taxing officials and administrative agencies. The Board's mission is to provide taxpayers and taxing authorities with an accessible, fair and efficient appeals process and to resolve appeals in a timely and judicious manner by facilitating settlement or by issuing comprehensive written decisions which are based upon Ohio statutes, case law and board precedent.
- Ohio Homeland Security
Homeland Security was established as a new division within Public Safety in September 2003 to strengthen Ohio’s commitment to addressing the new threats and challenges of terrorism in wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Homeland Security Division also oversees the licensing and regulation of private investigators and security guards.
- Ohio National Guard
The purpose of the Ohio National Guard is to serve the Citizens of Ohio and America by fulling the state and federal military role of providing public safety when ordered by the Governor or support of the National Military Strategy when ordered by the President.
- Ohio State Highway Patrol
Keeping Ohioans as safe as possible on state routes and highways is the responsibility of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The Patrol also offers statewide emergency response services, investigates criminal activities on state-owned property, and provides security for the Governor and other dignitaries.
- Ohio Tuition Trust Authority: CollegeAdvantage
The Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Plan is a tax-free way to save for your child or grandchild's college education. Offered by the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, a state agency, it provides an easy, affordable and flexible way to save to help you reach your college savings goals.
- Ohio Veterans Home
The Ohio Veterans Home Agency is a State of Ohio establishment comprised of two facilities, a home located in Sandusky, Ohio and a home located in Georgetown, Ohio. The Georgetown Home is a licensed nursing home providing two levels of nursing care – standard care and special care. The Sandusky Home, in addition to offering standard care and special care in its licensed nursing home, also offers Veterans Hall (DOM), a domiciliary for those who are able to function in an independent living situation, and DOM+ for those requiring very limited assistance (supervised care) but who do not require the level of care provided to nursing home residents.
- State Library of Ohio
The State Library of Ohio is a state agency that serves state government and all types of libraries. The State Library provides many services, including: serving as Ohio's only full regional depository for federal documents and the depository for Ohio state agency documents; oversees the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSAT) grant program; maintains statistics about Ohio libraries for analysis, long range planning and comparison; provides electronic database access; and much more.
- State Parks
The Division of Parks was created as a division of ODNR in 1949 with the statutory obligation to create, supervise, operate and maintain a system of state parks and to promote their use by the public. The division's primary purpose is to provide front-line service to park visitors. Field operations include maintenance and repair of grounds and facilities; operation of campgrounds, cottages and lodges along with food and merchandise concessions; services such as rental of boats, docks, bicycles and other recreational equipment; and waterways maintenance through dredging and nuisance plant removal programs.
Ohio Boards and Commissions
- Accountancy Board
The mission of the Accountancy Board of Ohio is to assure that the services received by Ohio's citizens and businesses from CPAs and PAs, licensed by the Board, will be performed in an ethical and professional manner and to strictly and fairly enforce Ohio's statutes and rules.
- Board of Regents
The Ohio Board of Regents is a nine-member advisory board to the chancellor with two ex-officio representatives from the state legislature. Responsibilities of the board include, developing an independent annual report on the Condition of Higher Education in the Ohio, and issuing an annual performance review of the chancellor. The board is also responsible for advising the chancellor on issues of statewide importance affecting higher education.
- Civil Rights Commission
The primary function of The Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) is to enforce state laws against discrimination. OCRC receives and investigates charges of discrimination in employment, public accommodations, housing, credit and higher education on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, ancestry or familial status.
- Ethics Commission
The Ohio Ethics Commission promotes ethics in public service to strengthen the public's confidence that Government business is conducted with impartiality and integrity. The Commission has jurisdiction over Ohio's public officials and employees at the state and local levels of government, except legislators, judges, and their staffs. The Commission has four major responsibilities: public information; advisory opinions; investigations and referrals for prosecution; and financial disclosure.
- Industrial Commission
The Industrial Commission (IC) of Ohio resolves issues between parties who have a dispute in a workers’ compensation claim. Hearings on disputed claims are conducted at three levels within the Commission: the district level, the staff level, and the Commission level. The Governor appoints the three-member Commission and the Ohio Senate confirms these appointments.
- Ohio Arts Council
The Ohio Arts Council was created to "foster and encourage the development of the arts and assist the preservation of Ohio's cultural heritage." This is accomplished by the Council in two primary methods; first, through the various grant funding programs that the Council operates to provide support to artists and to make arts activities available to a broad segment of Ohio's public; and secondly, by providing services that help to enhance the growth of the arts.
- Ohio Engineers and Surveyors Board
Ohio’s State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors evaluates candidates for NCEES examinations and comity registration; works with Ohio and U.S. boards in order to ensure public safety is served; investigates alleged violations of the Ohio Professional Engineers and Ohio Professional Surveyors registration law.
- Ohio Turnpike Commission
The Ohio Turnpike is part of the nation's Interstate Highway System. However, it remains a toll road, and is administered and maintained under the direction of the Ohio Turnpike Commission. The mission of the Commission is to operate and maintain a user-fee supported highway with sound financial management that provides motorists and travelers with safe, modern and helpful services.
- Public Utilities Commission
he Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) regulates providers of all kinds of utility services, including electric and natural gas companies, local and long distance telephone companies, water and wastewater companies, and rail and trucking companies. PUCO was created to assure Ohioans adequate, safe, and reliable public utility services at a fair price. More recently, PUCO gained responsibility for facilitating competitive utility choices for Ohio consumers.
- Public Works Commission
The Ohio Public Works Commission was created to assist in financing local public infrastructure improvements under the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) and the Local Transportation Improvements Program (LTIP). Through the two programs, the Commission provides grants, loans, and financing for local debt support and credit enhancement. Eligible projects include improvements to roads, bridges, culverts, water supply systems, wastewater systems, storm water collection systems, and solid waste disposal facilities.
- State Employment Relations Board
The State Employment Relations Board (SERB) administers the Ohio Public Employees’ Collective Bargaining Act. The agency is organized administratively into the following sections: Investigations, Representation, Hearings, Bureau of Mediation, and Research and Training. In addition, the Clerks Office serves as an intake and docketing center, and an Administrative Services Section is responsible for personnel, fiscal, budget, and facilities management.