An Oklahoma limited liability company, or LLC, is a “hybrid” business association that combines the pass-through taxation and relaxed filing requirements of a partnership with the limited liability of a corporation. Organizing as an Oklahoma LLC can be a great option for a person looking to start a small business in Oklahoma. Creating an Oklahoma LLC is as simple as filing a form, called an Articles of Organization, with the Oklahoma Secretary of State.
Pick a name for your company. Oklahoma law requires the name of an LLC to contain one of these phrases of abbreviations as an indicator of LLC status: “limited liability company,” “limited company,” “LLC,” “LC,” “L.L.C.,” or “L.C.” You may abbreviate the word "limited" as “Ltd.” and company as “Co.” The name must not be identical to or easily confused with the name of any business association registered or reserved with the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State maintains an online database of registered and reserved business associations which can be of help in determining a name for your company (see Resources). You can also call the Secretary of State at 405-521-3912 to check on the availability of a name.
Decide on a registered agent and office. A registered agent is the person or business that receives service of process if your company is sued, subpoenaed or otherwise subjected to legal process. A registered office is the street address of a registered agent, which is required to stay open during normal business hours. If you are an Oklahoma resident that maintains an Oklahoma residence, you may serve as the registered agent of your company. If you are not an Oklahoma resident, or do not wish to have your name and home address associated with your company in an Oklahoma public record, you may hire a registered agent service which will act as the registered agent and office for your company.
Download the Articles of Organization form or access the Business Entity Filing website. You may file online, by mail or in person. If filing online, use the Secretary of State’s Business Entity Filing website (see Resources). If filing in person or by mail, download and fill out the Articles of Organization form from the Secretary of State’s website (see Resources).
Fill out the Articles of Organization form. Provide the name and principal street address of your company, as well as the name and street address of your registered agent. Provide the duration of your company, which may be perpetual. Provide your name and address. Sign and date the Articles of Organization.
File the Articles of Organization. As of 2010, Oklahoma’s filing fee is $100, which may be paid by check made payable to the Oklahoma Secretary of State. If filing online, you may pay by credit card. If filing in person or by mail, the address of the Secretary of State is 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 101, State Capitol Building, Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4897.