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The Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a smart entity choice for many start-up businesses. The LLC provides personal liability protection and has the potential to save money on taxes. With a little research, you can learn how to form an LLC in Oklahoma without an attorney.
Unlike a sole proprietorship or partnership where the small business owner can be personally liable for lawsuits against the business, the LLC is a separate legal structure, protecting for the business owner’s personal assets.
Besides the liability protection, the Limited Liability Company provides several other benefits over the sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation because of the multiple tax options, ease of administration and management flexibility.
Forming an LLC in Oklahoma can be both affordable and is simple enough for most people to start on their own. That said, it’s not a bad idea to have a legal professional like While the filing is pretty straightforward, it’s nice to have some support if you have questions, alerts when the annual report is due, forms like operating agreements, banking resolutions and more. There are companies like IncFile or ZenBusiness and others that do all of this for as little as $49.
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.
If you have questions, contact the Oklahoma Secretary of State.
HOW TO FILE THE ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION AND FORM AN OKLAHOMA LLC
The steps for filing online or by mail are largely the same. The screenshots show how to file online.
- 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”
- Then we want to look for and 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.
Just click next to continue.
Name the LLC
Enter the name you want for the LLC. The name of the LLC also has to differ from other entity names registered with the Secretary of State. Check on available Oklahoma LLC names before filing to be sure the one you want is available.
The name of the LLC must include one of the following designators at the end of the business name:
- Limited Liability Company
- Limited Company
A comma may be used after the business name and before the designator. “Cowboy Cleaners LLC” and “Cowboy Cleaners, LLC” are both acceptable.
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 do a search before approving the LLC formation.
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. The main reason for delaying the LLC start date is when the filing is being done close to the end of a calendar year and the business isn’t going to have any activity until the start of the year. By delaying until the following year they will reduce the number of end-of-year filings.
Most people choose “Filing Date”
In this section, enter the street address, city, state and zip code of the initial principal office. This address can be the physical address of the LLC 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.
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.
To have an LLC in Oklahoma, a Registered Agent must be identified. The Registered Agent can either be a resident of Oklahoma (Select “Individual”) or a Resident Agent service (Select “Business”). The Registered Agent must have a physical address in the state (PO Boxes are not allowed) and act as a point of contact to receive legal documents, tax notices, summons, subpoenas, etc on behalf of the LLC.
Even though the business owner can be the registered agent, their name and address become public record and with that comes a loss of privacy. This is more important for some entrepreneurs, especially when they are doing business from home.
Enter the Registered Agent’s name and the registered office address and click “Next” to continue.
This is an optional section and not used by most LLCs. Here you would include additional rules for the operation of the LLC.
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.
Review that all the information is correct. If there are no corrections, click “Continue”
Pay and File
Pay and file the Articles of Organization.
If filing online, in 1-2 days the LLC will be approved.
That concludes the basics of forming an LLC in Oklahoma. Remember, even though you can do it yourself, there is more to an LLC than just the filing. If you have questions, work with an attorney or a specialized entity formation company such as IncFile or ZenBusiness to make sure everything is done correctly.
While not required, an Operating Agreement is recommended in many cases. An Operating Agreement is a legal document outlining the roles and responsibilities for the members of the LLC. Read more about when an LLC needs an Operating Agreement.
After filing the LLC, be sure to register for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The EIN is basically a social security number for a business and will be needed before opening a business bank account. There is no cost to apply and it takes about 5 minutes to get. See how to apply for an EIN.
Last, before starting a business in Oklahoma, you may still need to apply for business licenses, sales tax permits, self-employment taxes and more in Oklahoma. See the Guide to Starting a Business in Oklahoma for more information.