OhioBWC - Basics: Applying for Workers’ Compensation Coverage
|Applying for Workers' Compensation Coverage
Private employers may obtain coverage by submitting a completed coverage
application, Application for Ohio Workers Compensation Coverage (U-3) and a $120
Public employers are unique in that they do not file for coverage in the same
manner as private employers, such as filing a U-3 application. They also do not
pay a premium security deposit. To obtain coverage they must provide a Resolution
or a copy of meeting minutes, signed by an Appointing Authority.
Completing the U-3
When completing the application, it's important to:
- Provide your legal name;
- Furnish your federal identification number, or if operating as a sole proprietor, provide your Social Security number;
- Provide your street address and P.O. Box number;
- Furnish as many details as possible when describing the type of work performed and equipment used. This helps BWC to properly classify your operations.
The initial deposit ranges from $120 to $1,000, depending on the estimated payroll
entered on the Application For Coverage.
The $120 security deposit can be paid in one of four ways:
Certificate of Premium Payment
Mail a check or money order with the U-3 to:
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation
Attn: Cash Control Unit
P. O. Box 15698
Columbus, Ohio 43215-0698;
Deliver payment to any of the
BWC Customer Service Offices located throughout the state;
Pay online with a credit card (Visa, American Express or Mastercard) if completing the U-3 application online.
Authorize a payment from your checking or savings account online.
Workers' compensation coverage becomes effective when BWC receives the completed U-3 application
and a $120 minimum-security deposit. Private employers submitting their application online may choose
to print a temporary Certificate of Premium Payment. Approximately 30 days after BWC receives
the application with the required deposit, we issue a Certificate of Premium Payment notifying the employer
of the seven-digit policy number. This policy number should be included on all correspondence and checks sent to BWC.
The Certificate of Premium Payment will begin with the effective date of coverage through the end of the billing period,
at which time the semiannual payroll report and premium will be due. (Payroll reports with an end date of
Dec. 31 are due the last day of February of the following year and payroll reports with an end date of June 30
are due the last day of August.) Along with the certificate the employer will also receive a new employer kit,
which is also available online. We will send an invoice noting the difference between the initial $120 deposit and the additional
deposit owed under separate cover.
New employer kit