How Much Does Starting an Oklahoma LLC Cost?
Legal business registration and keeping your business in good standing with the state requires investment on your part. Some of these costs are payable to the Oklahoma Secretary of State (SOS), while others are due to the federal or other state government entity. We’ve listed some common requirements and fees here.
Note that Oklahoma business license and permit fees may need to be paid when you first form your business, on an ongoing schedule or on an ad hoc basis. Find more details below.
Initial Oklahoma LLC Fees
When you first file your LLC with the Secretary of State, you'll need to pay a filing fee. Here are the current Oklahoma LLC fees and filing times:
If you form through Incfile, we collect this fee from you and forward it to the Oklahoma SOS when we file your formation paperwork.
Employer Identification Number
Every LLC in the U.S. should have a unique Employer Identification Number (EIN). These are provided by the Internal Revenue Service, and you use them when you file taxes, open a business bank account and pay employees. You can get one yourself for free from the IRS, or you can have Incfile do it for you.
When you want to do business in a state other than the one where your business is based, you must create a foreign LLC.
Oklahoma Foreign LLC Registration
Before you can bring an arm of your business from another state into Oklahoma, you must request Oklahoma Foreign Qualification. This means the state gives you permission to conduct business there.
To request registration of an Oklahoma Foreign LLC, you must complete a Statement of Foreign Qualification form and pay a $100 filing fee. The state may have additional requirements, so contact the Oklahoma Secretary of State for more information.
Foreign Qualification to Operate in Another State
If you plan to expand your Oklahoma LLC into another state, you’ll first need Foreign Qualification or a Certificate of Authority from that state. This is necessary if you'll have a physical presence, employees or banking in that state.
This process will likely entail completing an application and paying a filing fee, but each state has its own requirements. Before you move forward, compare state filing times and state filing fees so you can plan accordingly. Contact the state government entity that administers business (usually the Secretary of State) to confirm their requirements and for specific instructions.
If you need assistance, Incfile provides complete Foreign Qualification service for all states.
Annual Report Requirements
Most states — including Oklahoma — require businesses to file an annual (or other periodic) report with the Secretary of State. A fee of $25 is due when you file your annual report. Here are the Oklahoma annual report (technically called an Oklahoma annual certificate) filing requirements:
By the anniversary date of organization
*includes a $1 online filing fee
Oklahoma Business License and Permit Requirements
It’s your responsibility to ensure you have the proper state, federal or local business licenses to operate your business. Some of the associated fees only need to be paid once, while others are ongoing charges.
Permits and licenses vary based on:
The state doesn’t require you to have an Oklahoma LLC Operating Agreement in place.
An Operating Agreement is a document that details how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas. It's usually filed at the same time as your Articles of Organization.
This document can be extremely helpful in making sure you’re organized and prepared for any future events that may affect your business.
You can make changes to the template later based on your preferences and requirements.
Other Potential Oklahoma LLC Fees or Requirements
You may need to pay and meet several other fees and requirements during the life of your LLC. These ad hoc fees will only be payable in specific circumstances, which we’ve listed below.
Obtaining a Trade Name or DBA
Reserving a Name for Your LLC
If you don’t want to form your LLC right away, you can reserve a business name for 60 days with the Oklahoma SOS by filing a form and paying a fee of $10. First, perform an Oklahoma business search and learn about rules pertaining to business names to ensure the name you choose meets all state requirements.
Amending Certain Facts About Your LLC
Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Oklahoma business at the time it's formed. But over time, these facts may change. If they do, you'll need to file an Amended Articles of Organization form with the Oklahoma Secretary of State and pay a $50 filing fee. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf.
Getting an Oklahoma Certificate of Good Standing
Some organizations may request that you prove your LLC’s compliance with laws and tax requirements. If you need to prove you've met your commitments, you’ll need an Oklahoma Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing. You can order one online for a fee of $20.
The fees listed above detail many of the charges a standard LLC will be required to pay. In some circumstances, other one-off, periodic or ad hoc fees not listed above may be required.
Of course, your LLC will also likely need to pay self-employment, payroll, federal, state and sales taxes. More information about taxes can be found on the Oklahoma Business Taxes page.