How To Fill Out The Oklahoma Articles of Organization
The Oklahoma Articles of Organization is the official document filed with the Oklahoma Secretary of State to establish a Limited Liability Company (LLC). After the filing is approved by the state, the business can officially begin operating and register for the necessary business licenses and permits.
To file the Oklahoma Articles of Organization, you will need to submit the completed SOS FORM 0074 LLC Articles of Organization form to the Oklahoma Secretary of State. The form can be completed and sent by mail or filed online.
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Let’s go over how to fill out the LLC Articles of Organization in Oklahoma. To get started, visit the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s website to download the form.
Step 1: Pick a Name for the LLC
The first step in filling out the Oklahoma Operating Agreement is to pick a business name.
There are a couple of requirements when choosing an Oklahoma Limited Liability Company name.
1. The name of your LLC must not be too similar to the name of another business entity already registered with the state of Oklahoma. You can verify name availability by doing an Oklahoma LLC name search with the Oklahoma Secretary of State to be sure the LLC name is available.
2. The name of the LLC must include one of the following entity identifiers at the end of the business name:
– Limited Liability Company
– Limited Company
The word limited may be abbreviated as Ltd., and the word company may be abbreviated as Co.
Enter the LLC name including the identifier to continue. If you choose a name that is taken, the Secretary of State will return your application.
Step 2: Enter the Address of the Principal Place of Business
The address of the principal place of business may be, but is not required to be, the actual place of the business. It can also be the main location where the business records are kept.
A physical address must be used for the principal place of business as P.O. Boxes are not acceptable.
Step 3: List the Primary Contact’s Email Address
Enter an email address for the LLC’s primary contact person. It’s important to check this email address as it will be used for the LLC annual certificate renewal notice.
Step 4: Appoint a Registered Agent
One requirement to have an LLC in Oklahoma is to appoint an Oklahoma registered agent. The registered agent is a party that is located in the state of Oklahoma that will receive important notices and service of process (which means to accept papers that start a lawsuit) on behalf of the LLC. The address of the registered office must be a physical street address as a PO Box isn’t allowed.
Provided the LLC member lives in the state of Oklahoma, they may act as the registered agent or the agent can be an adult resident of the state or registered agent service.
Related: Should you be the registered agent?
Step 5: Choose the Term of Existence
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.
If you have a specific end date in mind, enter the date in this section. Otherwise, enter “Perpetual”.
Step 6: Sign the Articles of Organization
At least one of the members or someone helping with the LLC formation will sign the Articles of Organization, in addition to sending the state filing fee.
You’ve filed your Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization! Now what?
After the LLC is officially filed with the Oklahoma Secretary of State, there are a few additional things to follow up on. Below is a list of some of the tasks to consider.
Prepare an Oklahoma LLC Operating Agreement
The operating agreement is an internal document that covers items like membership interest, profit and loss distribution, member responsibilities, and more.
Oklahoma Statute § 18-2012.2 states that an LLC Operating Agreement is optional. Despite the Operating Agreement not being required, it is recommended to have one as it can help to prevent disputes among members and protect the LLC’s legal status.
Obtain an EIN
The EIN or Employer Identification Number (also called a Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN) is a unique 9-digit tax identification number that is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The EIN will be needed before filing business tax returns, opening a bank account, hiring employees, registering for business licenses and permits, and more.
Related: How to Apply for an EIN