How to Start an LLC in Oklahoma
Creating an Oklahoma LLC starts with submitting Articles of Organization to the Oklahoma Secretary of State. From there, the process varies depending on your specific business activities, but may include writing an operating agreement, getting an EIN, and more. Below are the typical steps for starting your Oklahoma LLC.
- Submit Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization
- Write an operating agreement
- Obtain an EIN from the IRS
- Apply for Oklahoma permits and licenses
- Open an Oklahoma business bank account
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We provide you with a full YEAR of registered agent service. We scan and upload documents daily, so your LLC never misses an important notice
Operating agreement, initial resolutions, membership certificates—we give you all the documents you need to organize your company and open a business bank account.
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Oklahoma Articles of Organization Requirements
For your Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization, you’ll provide essential information about your company, such as its name and registered agent. The information you need to provide is described below.
Your LLC’s name must include one of the following words or abbreviations: Limited Liability Company, Limited Company, L.L.C., L.C., LLC, or LC. You can check if your name is available using the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s Name Availability Search.
- EFFECTIVE DATE
If filing online, you’ll also choose the date you’d like your Oklahoma LLC to begin its existence. You can either select “Filing Date” for your LLC to be created upon approval of your filing, or you can specify a future effective date within 90 days of filing.
- PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS
Your principal place of business is your company’s main office. The principal place of business doesn’t have to be in Oklahoma, but it must have a street address (no P.O. boxes).
- EMAIL ADDRESS
The state uses this email address to send reminder notices for Oklahoma Annual Certificates (yearly filings required for LLCs).
- REGISTERED AGENT AND REGISTERED OFFICE
An Oklahoma registered agent accepts service of process and official notifications for your Oklahoma LLC. A registered agent must maintain a registered office with a street address in Oklahoma. The registered office is a business office where the registered agent is regularly available.While it’s possible for an individual or even the LLC itself to be your registered agent, being consistently available is challenging. Hiring a commercial registered agent service ensures you’ll never miss an important notice. At Oklahoma Registered Agent LLC, we provide expert registered agent service for only $49 a year.
- TERM OF EXISTENCE
You can decide if your Oklahoma LLC will be perpetual (meaning it will continue existence unless dissolved), or you can set an end date for your company. To set an end date, you can provide a future expiration date or include how many years you’d like your LLC to exist.
Your Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization must be signed by at least one person, but this person doesn’t have to be a member, manager or anyone with ownership interest in the LLC. If you hire us, we will execute your Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization.
Submitting Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization
There are three ways you can submit your Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization: online, by mail, or in person.
For online filings, you can complete a Business Entity Filing on the Oklahoma Secretary of State website.
- Under “Domestic Organizations,” select “Domestic Limited Liability Company.”
- Enter your name and email address.
- Provide the information requested to complete the Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization.
- Submit and pay the filing fee.
Fee: $104 ($100 + 4% credit card service fee)
Payment method: credit card
Processing time: 1-2 days
The Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization form is available for download from the Oklahoma Secretary of State website. Complete and mail the form along with the fee.
Payment methods: check, cashier’s check, or money order
Processing time: 1-2 weeks
In-person filings use the same Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization form as mailed filings.
Fee: $125 ($100 + $25 expedited fee)
Payment methods: credit card (+4% fee), check, cashier’s check, or money order
Processing time: same day (if submitted by 4:30 pm)
Or, skip the paperwork and let us handle your Oklahoma LLC formation!
Our Formation Services
At Oklahoma Registered Agent LLC, we don’t just form and file your Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization. We provide a total formation package that gives you everything you need to launch your business.
What We Offer
- Custom Documents
We provide your LLC with an operating agreement, initial resolutions, member certificates and more!
- Immediate Access to Your Secure Client Account
In your account, you’ll find free access to helpful resources, such as state forms pre-filled with your information.
- A Year of Registered Agent Service
We’ll sort through the spam and scan documents daily.
- Address Privacy
List our address on your public formation documents and avoid the junk mail and hassle of a publicly-listed address.
- Annual Certificate Reminders
We include compliance tools to help ensure you never miss a filing requirement.
- Expert Customer Service
Our friendly, expert staff is happy to assist you—and we’ll never make you deal with automated operators.
What We Charge
1 Year of Registered Agent Service
Our Business Formation Service Fee
Oklahoma State Filing Fees
FAQ for Oklahoma LLCs
Why Do I Need an Oklahoma Registered Agent?
Per Oklahoma Statute §Title 18, Section 2010, your LLC is required to have and maintain an Oklahoma registered agent. The state needs to ensure it has a reliable channel of communication with your business.
When you hire Oklahoma Registered Agent LLC, our registered agent service provides additional benefits as well.
- We’re fast.
Documents are scanned daily, ensuring you get important documents right away.
- We’re available.
You have a business to run—you don’t need to be tied up waiting for a potential legal notice or court summons. We’re there to make sure you never miss a critical notification.
- We value your privacy.
Documents like the Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization are public. When you use our address on public documents, you keep yours private—and avoid all the spam that comes with a public address.
For just $49 a year, we can service your Oklahoma LLC.
Does My Oklahoma LLC Need an EIN?
Not every LLC needs an Employer Identification Number (EIN), but many do. The IRS requires this federal tax ID for LLCs if any of the following conditions apply:
- You have employees
- You file Employment, Excise, or Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms returns
- You withhold taxes on income (other than wages) paid to a non-resident alien
- You have a Keogh plan
- You are involved in a trust, estate, real estate mortgage investment conduit, non-profit organization, farmer co-op, or are a plan administrator
You may also want an EIN if you plan to open a business bank account—EINs are commonly requested by banks.
How can I get an EIN for my Oklahoma LLC?
The IRS issues EINs, and you can apply for one from their website at no cost. If you’d prefer not to do it yourself, you can add EIN service to any formation package for $50.
What Licenses Do I Need for My Oklahoma LLC?
While Oklahoma doesn’t have a general business license, there are a variety of licenses and permits required for specific professions and business activities. For example, if your company provides home health care aid or retails meat products, you’ll need Oklahoma licenses or permits. Oklahoma’s Department of Commerce has a list of Business Licensing and Operating Requirements organized by industry.
Do I Need an Operating Agreement?
There are no regulations mandating that your Oklahoma LLC have a written operating agreement. That said, it’s often a good idea to have an operating agreement. An operating agreement spells out the rules and procedures for your business. For example, your operating agreement could designate member and manager responsibilities, voting rights, meeting procedures and more. Having clear policies and procedures not only helps your business run more smoothly, but it can resolve disputes among members.
We include a custom operating agreement for your Oklahoma LLC as part of our formation services package. We know the value of a strong operating agreement.
What is an Oklahoma Annual Certificate?
An Oklahoma Annual Certificate is a report that LLCs submit each year to Oklahoma’s Secretary of State. This report ensures that the state has up-to-date contact and ownership information.
How do I submit my Oklahoma Annual Certificate?
To submit by mail, you can download an Oklahoma Annual Certificate form from the Oklahoma Secretary of State. You can also file online with Oklahoma Secretary of State Online Services.
What is the fee for my Oklahoma Annual Certificate?
The filing fee is $25. Mailed submissions are payable by check, cashier’s check or money order. Online submissions are payable by credit card, and have an additional service fee of 4%.
When is my Oklahoma Annual Certificate due?
The certificate is due every year on the anniversary of your LLC’s formation. For example, if your Oklahoma LLC’s Articles of Organization were processed and approved on November 15, 2017, your first Oklahoma Annual Certificate would be due November 15, 2018.
What happens if my filing is late?
If the filing is not submitted within sixty days of the due date, your LLC will lose its good standing in the state—making it difficult for your company to conduct business with other states.
What are the Advantages of an Oklahoma LLC?
You’ll often hear that LLCs are easier to manage than corporations. Why? LLCs don’t have as many requirements when it comes to taxes, management or operating procedures.
- Fewer Taxes
In Oklahoma, corporations are required to pay a franchise tax, which is a tax on capital invested or used in the state. Additionally, corporations must also pay a corporate net income tax. After profits are distributed to shareholders, profits are then taxed again when they are reported on individual tax returns. Oklahoma LLCs, however, are not required to pay either a franchise tax or a corporate net income tax.
- Fewer Formal Requirements
One of the biggest reasons business owners choose LLCs over corporations is that they tend to be simpler to organize and operate. Corporate management structure requires directors and officers. LLCs, on the other hand, aren’t required to have any managers at all. Members are free to manage themselves if they prefer. Corporate operating procedures also require annual meetings and meeting minutes, which LLCs aren’t obligated to have either.
At Oklahoma Registered Agent LLC, we form Oklahoma LLCs daily, and we’d love to form yours. Our comprehensive formation package includes custom documents, registered agent service and everything you need for a fully functional LLC—all for only $254!