How To Start An LLC In Oklahoma
To start an LLC in Oklahoma, you must file Articles of Organization with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. You can file the document online, by mail or in person The Articles of Organization cost $100 to file. Once filed with the state, this document formally creates your Oklahoma LLC. However, to actually ready the LLC to do business, you must complete several additional steps. Whether you want to try filing yourself or prefer to use our expert services, Northwest can help you start your Oklahoma LLC with confidence.
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Oklahoma Articles of Organization Requirements
To form an Oklahoma LLC, you must complete and file the Articles of Organization with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. See the document below and click on any number to see what information is required in the corresponding section.
Your name must include “Limited Liability Company,” “Limited Company,” or an abbreviation. Tip: Most businesses keep it simple with “LLC.”
This street address is the official address of your LLC. Hire Northwest as your registered agent, and you can use our Oklahoma address as your principal address.
This email address is where the Secretary of State will send Annual Certificate notifications. Since the information in your Articles of Organization is part of the permanent public record, using a personal email could mean you end up with an inbox full of spam. At Northwest, we allow our clients to use our email address.
Your Oklahoma LLC registered agent can be an individual resident or a qualified business, like Northwest Registered Agent. Naturally, we’re fans of Northwest.
This Oklahoma street address becomes part of the permanent public record of your LLC. When you hire Northwest, our address goes here.
Want your business to continue indefinitely? List your term of existence as “perpetual.” Prefer to put a self-destruct timer on your LLC? Enter an end date or a certain number of years to exist. Tip: Most LLCs are perpetual.
Your executor is the person you authorize to form and file your Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization. It doesn’t have to be a member, manager, or anyone in your LLC. Hire Northwest, and we’ll be your executor.
How much does it cost to start an Oklahoma LLC?
The state filing fee for Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization is $100. If you file online, there’s also a credit card processing fee of 4%.
Hire Northwest, and your total, out-the-door cost is $330, including state fees, registered agent service, lifetime customer support, and loads of forms and resources to help launch your Oklahoma LLC.
How long does it take to start an Oklahoma LLC?
If you file online, it takes 1-2 days to process. If you file by mail, it takes 1-2 weeks. The only expediting available is for those applying in person. So, if you’re willing and able to drive to OKC, wait in line, and pay an extra $25 for expediting, you can get your Articles approved in about an hour.
If you hire Northwest to start your LLC, we file online and typically have your Oklahoma LLC formed within 2 days.
Does an Oklahoma LLC need a registered agent?
Yes, an Oklahoma registered agent is required for your Oklahoma LLC. You could always be your own registered agent, but your privacy and availability would take quite a hit. You’d have to list the address where you’d be regularly available in your Articles of Organization. Your Articles and other business entity filings are public documents. These days, personal data—from addresses to emails—is a hot commodity, and at best you’ll end up with a mailbox full of junk. Being your own registered agent also means being available at the address you listed. And who wants to be stuck at the office all day?
Instead, consider hiring a commercial registered agent like Northwest. When you sign up for our services, you can use our address and information throughout your Articles of Organization. No need to worry about junk mail or unwanted visitors on your doorstep. We’ll also accept, scan and send you any service of process the same day. No need to worry about missing legal notifications when you’re at a meeting (or just ducking out early to watch the Thunder with your pals).
Create the Oklahoma LLC Operating Agreement
Do I need an Operating Agreement?
You bet. Your operating agreement is a document you definitely don’t want to gloss over (or worse yet, blow off completely). Unlike your Articles of Organization, your operating agreement isn’t a state filing, so you don’t need to officially submit it anywhere. Instead, your operating agreement is an internal document—a critical one.
Why is an Operating Agreement important?
Your operating agreement sets the terms of your Oklahoma LLC. It states who owns the business and who invested what. It explains how profits and losses are allocated and what happens if there’s a disagreement or if the whole business goes down in flames (hopefully not literally). Members need this information. Managers need this information. Even people outside your LLC (banks, lenders, investors, partners, etc.) will want to see your operating agreement. While state approval of your Articles makes you a business in the eyes of Oklahoma, your operating agreement is what defines how your business functions—and what legitimizes your business. Anyone with $100 can start a business, but your operating agreement shows you’re serious and shows how you really operate.
Do I have to write the Operating Agreement?
Operating agreements are so important that we give you a free operating agreement, specific to your management style, when you hire Northwest to form your Oklahoma LLC. We want to work with your business for years to come, so we want you to start out on the right foot. We’ve spent years refining these and our other free forms: membership certificates, resolutions and more. Over a million LLCs have used our free LLC forms to help form and maintain their businesses, and we’re happy to give them to you too.
Get an Oklahoma LLC EIN
Do I have to get a tax ID number (EIN)?
You’re required to get an EIN from the IRS if you have employees or file certain federal excise taxes, like Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms returns. You’ll need an EIN for a few other situations as well—opening a business bank account, establishing credit with vendors, and even filing some local tax forms. You can sometimes use your personal social security number instead, but that’s just another opportunity for someone to access your personal information. EINs are free from the IRS, so there’s no reason not to get one. If you want one fewer application to complete, you can even hire Northwest to get your EIN for you when you sign up for our services.
Open a Bank Account for Your Oklahoma LLC
To open a bank account for your Oklahoma LLC, you will need to bring the following with you to the bank:
- A copy of the Oklahoma LLC Articles of Organization
- The LLC operating agreement
- The Oklahoma LLC’s EIN
If there are multiple members in the LLC, you may also want to bring an LLC resolution to open a bank account that states that the person going to the bank is authorized by the members to open the account in the name of the LLC. Northwest can help with this as well—LLC bank resolutions are one of the many free legal forms we provide to ensure you can get your LLC started fast.
We recommend calling your bank ahead of time before going in and asking what their requirements are. Most banks don’t open business accounts nearly as frequently as personal accounts, so some bankers may be unfamiliar with their own bank’s requirements. As frustrating as that may be for you, calling ahead will help save you from being super annoyed when you walk into the bank.
Obtain a Business License
Does an Oklahoma LLC need a business license?
Oklahoma doesn’t have a general, statewide business license, but that doesn’t mean your business doesn’t need any specific permits or licenses. Some occupations, like accountants or psychologists, require state-level professional licenses. Other business activities, like child care services, typically require local licenses.
If any license applications require an EIN or a certified copy of your formation docs, Northwest can help. You can add on items like these during checkout or order them later on from inside your free account.
File Oklahoma LLC Reports
What is an Oklahoma LLC Annual Certificate?
Your Oklahoma LLC Annual Certificate is a form you file each year with the Oklahoma Secretary of State to confirm that your company is still active and that your contact info hasn’t changed. If you don’t file, you’ll lose your good standing with the state. Your certificate and $25 fee are due each year by the end of your “anniversary month” (the month your business first registered). If you find this due date tough to remember, you’re not alone (why can’t it just be due on tax day like everything else?). Northwest can help with this—when you sign up for our services, we send you reminder notifications for your Annual Certificate. You can even hire us to file your certificate for you each year.
How much does an LLC in Oklahoma cost each year?
Oklahoma LLCs pay $25 each year to submit their Oklahoma Annual Certificate.
Pay the LLC Taxes
What are the Oklahoma LLC taxes?
The Oklahoma personal net income tax rates for single filers are:
0.5%: $0 to $999
1.0%: $1,000 to $2,499
2.0%: $2,500 to $3,749
3.0%: $3,750 to $4,899
4.0%: $4,900 to $7,199
The state sales tax rate is 4.5%. Cities and counties can tack on their own sales taxes as well, making the average total sales tax 7.692%.
We’re not tax professionals, but we have a page with an overview of Oklahoma business taxes to help you get an idea of what to expect. Our aim is to give LLCs the tools they need for success. Free guides, free forms, and exceptional service—that’s Northwest.