How to Incorporate in the State of Oklahoma

by Thomas King
You can reserve your business name with the secretary of state if you experience a delay in filing your Certificate of Incorporation.

You can reserve your business name with the secretary of state if you experience a delay in filing your Certificate of Incorporation.

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To incorporate a business in the state of Oklahoma, you must fill out the Certificate of Incorporation, often referred to as the Articles of Incorporation in other states, and file it with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. Businesses that can be incorporated in Oklahoma include profit corporations, not-for-profit corporations and professional corporations. There are certain pieces of information that must be included in the certificate of incorporation. This information includes the name of the corporation, duration of the corporation, which is assumed perpetual unless otherwise stated, purpose of the corporation, corporate address, amount of authorized capital, name and address of registered agent, and name and address of incorporator, who is person filling out the form.

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Step 1

Select a name for your business. The name must be distinguishable from all other business entities registered in the state of Oklahoma. To see if a name is available, search the business entities database on the Oklahoma Secretary of State website. Use the "Business Entities" menu to access the "Records/Search" page. You can also call the secretary's office at 405-521-3912 to check name availability. A corporate name must include a corporate ending such as "incorporation," "inc." or "corp."

Step 2

Go to the Oklahoma Secretary of State website. Click "Business Services" and select "Forms" from the drop down menu.

Step 3

Click "Business Services" and select "Forms" from the drop down menu. Click the appropriate "Certificate of Incorporation Forms and Procedures" link depending on whether your corporation type is profit, not for profit or professional.

Step 4

Fill out the form online and print, or print out the form and fill it out with a black ink pen.

Step 5

Write a check for the fee amount listed on the first page of the form. The check must be made payable to the "Oklahoma Secretary of State."

Step 6

Send the completed form and the check to Secretary of State, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd., Room 101, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4897.