Oklahoma Business Entity Searches & How to Register Your LLC Business Name
We’re here to help you find the right business name for your Oklahoma LLC. From carrying out an Oklahoma business entity search with the Secretary of State to understanding naming rules or creating a “Doing Business As” name to register your entity, you’re in the right place.
Oklahoma Secretary of State Business Search
You should start naming your business by completing an “Oklahoma business entity search” with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. They have a helpful tool on their website that lets you search the registry of OK LLCs and corporations to see if someone already has your desired business name.
If the business name is already used, that means it’s not available and you won’t be able to register it. Try searching for a different business name instead.
Oklahoma Secretary of State entity search tool
Oklahoma Secretary of State Rules for Naming Your LLC
Once you’ve decided on a name for your LLC and checked business name availability, you’ll need to meet Oklahoma Secretary of State naming rules.
General Rules for Naming Your OK LLC
These rules typically apply to all LLCs, no matter what state they are formed in. You will need to pay attention to these rules, as they will influence the name you choose for your Oklahoma LLC.
Your LLC Business Name Must Be Unique
The business name you have chosen cannot be used by any other LLC or corporation in the state of Oklahoma. This is why you should check business name availability on the OK SOS website.
Your LLC Business Name Must Not Be Confusable With Another Business Name
It’s not enough for your OK LLC name to be unique. It also cannot be similar to the name of a corporation or LLC in Oklahoma. For example, you cannot use the following factors to say your name is different from the name of another business:
- Suffixes such as Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp., Co., Inc., Ltd., LLC, etc.
- Definite articles like “A,” “And,” “An,” “&,” “The,” etc.
- The singular, plural or possessive forms of a word
- Abbreviations, punctuation, symbols, fonts, typefaces, etc.
Your LLC Business Name Must Contain Certain Words
All LLCs must have the words “Limited Liability Company,” “L.L.C.” or “LLC” in their name. These words should normally come at the end of the name.
Your LLC Business Name May Have Other General Restrictions
Most states will not allow you to form LLCs with names that:
- Are very similar to the name of a federal or OK agency or organization (e.g., FBI, FDA, Oklahoma Tax Commission, Oklahoma Police, Treasury, etc.)
- Suggest affiliation with a federal or state agency or organization
- Use the term “Olympic” or any terms that are trademarks of the Olympic organization
- Imply a purpose that it would be illegal for your business to carry out
DBA Names in Oklahoma
You might choose to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In Oklahoma, a DBA (“doing business as”) name is known as your “Trade Name” or “Fictitious Name.” You might choose to use a different name from your formal LLC name for a variety of reasons.
For example, your LLC might be called Oklahoma Renewable Energy Holding Company LLC, and you want to brand it as “Oklahoma Turbines and Panels.” You should file a trade name to let the Oklahoma Secretary of State know. In Oklahoma, you can do that through their online filing service, or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf through our DBA name service.
Incfile’s DBA Service
Register Your Business Name With the Oklahoma Secretary of State
Once you’ve searched for your Oklahoma business name, checked availability, followed the naming rules and decided whether you need a fictitious name, you can register your OK LLC name. There are a couple of ways to do this.
- If you don’t want to form your Oklahoma LLC right now, you can reserve the business name with the Oklahoma Secretary of State.
- If you’re ready to start your Oklahoma LLC, you can formally file your Articles of Organization with the Oklahoma SOS, or let Incfile take care of it for you.
FAQs on Naming Your Oklahoma LLC
You might find the following answers useful.
How Do I Search for My Oklahoma LLC Business Name?
Just go to the business name search tool and enter your proposed business name. You can search the register of the Oklahoma Secretary of State, which will tell you if there are any OK corporations or LLCs with that name.
Are There Any Rules on Naming My Oklahoma LLC?
Yes. Most LLCs will be bound by general rules (applicable to all LLCs) and specific rules (applicable in the state of Oklahoma). We’ve detailed these rules above.
Can I Do Business Under a Different Name Than My LLC Name in Oklahoma?
Yes. Known as “assumed names,” “fictitious names,” “doing business as names” or “trade names,” you can choose to conduct business under a different name. Details are above.
Can I Reserve a Name for My Oklahoma LLC?
Yes. The Oklahoma Secretary of State allows you to reserve a name if you don’t want to start your business immediately. Details are above. If you are ready to start your business now, you do not need to reserve a name.
Useful Resources for Naming Your Oklahoma LLC
You might find these resources helpful.
Trademarks and Service Marks
You must be careful that your Oklahoma LLC name does not infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to make sure your proposed business name does not infringe is to carry out a trademark search through Incfile. If it doesn’t infringe, you can even register it as a trademark yourself.
Incfile Trademark Search and Registration service
Find the Perfect Name for Your Oklahoma LLC
The perfect business name can be elusive. We have a complete guide to choosing the right business name, but basically, you'll want to choose a name that will:
- Appeal to your customers
- Be memorable enough to stand out
- Best represent your product or services
- Not be used by another business
Incfile guide to choosing a business name