How to Start an LLC in Oklahoma

Last Updated on February 4, 2022

Costs to Form an Oklahoma LLC

To form a Limited Liability Company in Oklahoma, file the Articles of Organization with the Oklahoma Secretary of State.  The LLC filing fee is $100.

Approval for the LLC is typically under 2 weeks when filing by mail or 1-2 business days when filing online.  Walk-in expedited filing is available, and an additional $25, the LLC is approved in about 1 hour.

Steps to Form an Oklahoma LLC

The steps for filing online or by mail are largely the same.  The screenshots show how to file online.  To file by mail, fill out the Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization (SOS Form 0073).

Businesses that require state licensing and offer professional services such as accountants, attorneys, podiatrists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, etc. have the option of filing for a Professional Limited Liability Company (sometimes referred to as a Professional LLC or PLLC) instead of an LLC. Filing for a PLLC is very similar to the LLC outlined below.

Step 1: Register with the Secretary of State

  • Begin by creating an account at the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s website.
  • Note that the business name you enter in the contact information may not be available.  We will explain how to get the business name later.
  • Next, click on “Business Services” and then “Business Entity” Under “File Online.”
How to Form an Oklahoma LLC
  • Then we want to look for and select “Domestic Limited Liability Company.”
Select Domestic Limited Liability Company
  • On the next page, enter your name and email again…
  • Then click on the “Start New” button to finally begin forming an LLC.
  • Click “next” after Special Instructions.

Step 2: Name the LLC

Enter the name you want for the LLC.  An Oklahoma Limited Liability Company Name name also has to differ from other entity names registered with the Secretary of State.  See how to do an Oklahoma LLC name search before filing to be sure the one you want is available.

The name of the LLC must include one of the following phrases or abbreviations at the end of the business name:

  • Limited Liability Company
  • Limited Company
  • L.L.C.
  • LLC
  • L.C.
  • LC

Enter the name you want in the box (be sure to include the designator) and click on the search icon.  If the name you want isn’t taken, click on the “Next” button; otherwise, come up with a different name.  Even if it looks like the LLC name is available, the Secretary of State will also do their own LLC name search before approving the LLC formation.

If you plan to use a different name from the one that you register (perhaps you want to run multiple businesses under the LLC), you can use a trade name (sometimes referred to as a fictitious business name, assumed name, DBA, or Doing Business As name).  To register a fictitious name, file the Trade Name Report, along with the $25 filing fee will need to be sent to the Secretary of State.

Register an Oklahoma LLC Name

Step 3: Effective Date

If you want the LLC to start immediately, choose “Filing Date.”  If you want to LLC to start later, enter a date less than 90 days in the future to start. 

Most people choose “Filing Date.”

Choose Oklahoma LLC Effective Date

Step 4: Principal Office Address

In this section, enter the street address, city, state, and zip code of the initial principal place of business.  This address can be the LLC’s physical address, or it can be the address where the business records are stored.  You may not use a PO Box for the designated office.  This address is where the annual certificate reminder will be sent.

Principal Office Oklahoma LLC

Step 5: Duration

In this section, you can indicate how long the LLC intends to remain in existence.  Most LLCs will choose a Perpetual duration; however, some businesses (usually investment-related) will have a specific closure date.

Oklahoma LLC Duration

Step 6: Registered Agent

To have an LLC in Oklahoma, a Registered Agent must be identified.  The Oklahoma Registered Agent can either be a resident of the state (Select “Individual”) or a Resident Agent service (Select “Business”).  The agent must have a physical address in the state (PO Boxes are not allowed), be available during normal working hours, and act as the primary contact for service of process to receive legal documents, tax notices, summons, subpoenas, etc. on behalf of the LLC.

Enter the Registered Agent’s name and the registered office address and click “Next” to continue.

Oklahoma LLC Registered Agent

Step 7: Attachments

This is an optional section and not used by most LLCs.  Here you would include additional rules for the operation of the LLC.

Step 8: Signature

An organizer of the LLC has to certify that the information provided in the Articles of Organization are correct to the best of their knowledge.  Click “Add Signature” and electronically sign.

Step 9: Review

Review that all the information is correct.  If there are no corrections, click “Continue.”

Step 10: Pay and File

Pay and file the Articles of Organization.