Welcome to the Start a Business guide to business registration for the State of Oklahoma. Through our many tutorials, filers will be able to educate themselves on everything they need to know to get their entity, be it a partnership, LLC, or corporation, filed and operating in this fine State. Applicants will have the luxury of choosing between the e-filing system put in place by the Secretary of State, or submitting their finished documentation to the authorities via standard mail. No matter what business model you plan on filing for, or what delivery method you’ve chosen for your registration, our many instructional tutorials have you covered. This main page is meant to serve simply as a general overview of the many functions and processes available to filers. We encourage you to take the time to peruse the more in-depth examinations found linked throughout our home page to give yourself a much more detailed understanding of what’s in store for you as a business representative. Let’s get started!
Start an Entity
Search for a Name
By using the Business Entity Search, business operators will be able to investigate the detailed filing history of any entity on file with the Secretary of State. The search will also produce a complete list of all entities on file with the Secretary which can be especially useful when registering your business to establish your chosen name’s originality. For those registering their business through the online portal, you will have the ability to perform this name availability check at the beginning of the filing process when submitting your name into the forms.
Oklahoma Online Registration
The process of registering for an online account with the Secretary of State website is one that can be accomplished in seemingly a matter of seconds. The account will allow filers to keep track of their registered businesses while managing their filings more effectively online. If you don’t plan on using the government website often, you will be able to file as a guest instead, however, we’ve gone to the trouble of providing a brief tutorial which covers the basics of account registration here.
How to Register in Oklahoma
Step 1– The first step in registration that we recommend is the use of the Business Entity Search to investigate the availability of your corporate name. This function will allow you to review all business names registered and reserved with the Secretary of State in order to make the call as to whether or not your name is indeed available for use. A Name Reservation is often also useful if you need additional time in which to prepare for filing. This reservation will last for 60 days in Oklahoma and will cost only $10.
Step 2– Once your name has been secured and your fairly confident that it is original, you will be able start filling out the forms either in PDF format or online. For step by step guidance through each entity type’s registration process, you may review our comprehensive lists of all business entities below.
- Domestic For-Profit Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation
- Domestic Professional Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Church Corporation
- Foreign Profit Corporation
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation
- Foreign Professional Corporation
- General Partnership
- Domestic Limited Partnership
- Domestic Professional Limited Partnership
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership
- Domestic Limited Liability Limited Partnership
- Foreign Limited Partnership
- Foreign Professional Limited Partnership
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
- Foreign Limited Liability Limited Partnership
Step 3 – Once you’ve completed your filing forms, you can attach to them any certification deemed necessary by the Secretary of State (i.e. the certificate of good standing from your original jurisdiction if filing as a foreign entity). Also, all professional partnerships, LLCs and corporations will be required to provide certification from the regulatory board involved with their particular profession.
Step 4- The payment of the filing fee will conclude the online registration process. The payment can be submitted by credit card or ACH account. Those holding accounts with the Secretary of State will be able to use their pre-paid account to submit the filing fee. All paper filers will need to attach a check made out to the Oklahoma Secretary of State for the entirety of the fee and mail the complete filing package to the Business Filing Department’s address (found below).
Business Filing Department
421 N.W. 13th, Suite 210
Oklahoma City OK 73103
- Domestic For-Profit Corporation- $50
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation- $25
- Domestic Professional Corporation- $50
- Domestic Non-Profit Church Corporation- $25
- Foreign Profit Corporation- $300 + 1$/$1000 of authorized capital (see details here)
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation- $300
- Foreign Professional Corporation- $300 + 1$/$1000 of authorized capital (see details here)
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
- Domestic Standard LLC- $100
- Domestic Professional LLC- $100
- Foreign Standard LLC- $300
- Foreign Professional LLC- $300
- General Partnership- $100
- Domestic Limited Partnership- $100
- Domestic Professional Limited Partnership- $100
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership- $100
- Domestic Limited Liability Limited Partnership- $100
- Foreign Limited Partnership- $300
- Foreign Professional Limited Partnership- $300
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnership- $100
- Foreign Limited Liability Limited Partnership- $100
The process of reserving an entity name is used to give filers extra time in which to prepare for business registration. Applicants will be able to choose between the online and paper filing options just as they would if they were forming a new entity. Before committing to this filing, we usually recommend that filers perform a Business Entity Search to make sure the name that they’re reserving isn’t already on file in the Secretary of State name database. In this state, reservations will last for a total of 60 days after acceptance has been granted by the Business Filing Department. Regardless of the method used to reserve, the filing fee of $10 will be administered upon submission. A tutorial for the entire process can be accessed here
Certificate of Good Standing
A Certificate of Good Standing is often referred to as a certificate of existence or certificate of fact in other states. Essentially it is used to prove legitimacy when an entity is expanding to foreign jurisdictions or when they’re requesting financing from financial institutions. In Oklahoma, these documents can be obtained with ease using the Secretary of State online portal. You will be able to purchase the certificate and download it onto your computer for the price of $20. A full tutorial on how to accomplish this feat can be found here.
Here at Start a Business, we always recommend that individuals take the time to draft a binding agreement during the beginning stages of formation to ensure that their entity’s internal affairs are properly organized and agreed upon by the company’s officials. This is not a required step in the State of Oklahoma and for this reason it needn’t be filed with the Secretary of State after completion. Instead, it is wise to go over all the terms and conditions found within the document with the entity’s managing members to ensure that the document’s contents are agreed upon by all parties involved. Following this, each individual should sign indicating compliance and setting the agreement into effect. For more information about each individual agreement, click on the document which corresponds with your particular entity and review the free template found within the linked page.
Employer Identification Number
An Employer Identification Number, or EIN, is a number given by the Internal Revenue Service to each tax withholding employer in the United States. This number will allow the entity to be seen as legitimate in the eyes of the federal government and will permit them to apply for business loans, hire employees, open bank accounts in the company name and otherwise commit to all levels of financial undertaking. For more information on how to go about applying for such a number, you may visit our free tutorial found here. Filers will have the option of applying for this number both Online and through the mail with the submission of the Form SS-4.