Steps to Pay Your Oklahoma Filing Fees
- Pay your Oklahoma business’s initial filing fees
- Reserve your Oklahoma business’s name
- Reserve a “doing business as” name in Oklahoma
- Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN)
- Draft an operating agreement, corporate bylaws, or partnership agreement for your Oklahoma business
- Apply for your Oklahoma business’s necessary licenses and permits
- Pay registration fees for out-of-state businesses
- Check Oklahoma’s annual report requirements and fees
- Keep your Oklahoma business legally compliant
Any Oklahoma business owner knows that setting up a business and on-going compliance comes with all kinds of fees. Before you ever make your first dollar, you’ll have to pay Oklahoma filing fees at every level of government just to get yourself in business. Statutory structures, like limited liability companies (LLCs) and corporations may require you to pay Oklahoma formation fees.
Sole proprietorships or other “common law business” structures, don’t require paying Oklahoma business formation fees but may require permits and other local fees. Below, we’ve compiled some of the most common fees you may encounter when forming your business in Oklahoma.
Step 1: Pay your Oklahoma business’s initial filing fees
Creating a new statutory business requires paying a one-time Oklahoma filing fee. Fees will vary by business type, meaning the fees will be different depending on whether you’re forming a corporation or an LLC.
Oklahoma businesses register their companies through the Secretary of State’s Office’s online portal. You can also file your documents by mail. In fact, certain entities need to file their documents by mail. Be sure to check with the Secretary of State’s office to confirm whether this rule applies to your business. Filing typically takes about three weeks. Expedited filing is available for a small fee and takes around three business days.
We can help get your Oklahoma business registered fast with our Expedited Filing Service. We know what to do to help your Oklahoma formation documents filed quickly.
Step 2: Reserve your Oklahoma business’s name
Oklahoma allows you to reserve a business name for up to 60 days for a small fee before forming your Oklahoma business. In some cases, the state will allow you to extend or renew this by paying additional Oklahoma filing fees. While you can take care of the paperwork yourself, we can do this for you using our easy Business Name Reservation Service. We can check the availability of your desired name and help you reserve it. This leaves you free to focus on your business.
Step 3: Reserve a “doing business as” name in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, a “doing business as” (DBA) name or a “trade name” is usually only used when a company operates under a fictitious name. That means the company is using a business name that’s not the name of its owner or the business’s legal name. Oklahoma charges a small business filing fee to use a DBA. Paperwork to reserve your DBA can be filed electronically with the Secretary of State. Reserve your DBA name using our service.
Step 4: Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN)
An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is like your business’s social security number. You’ll need an EIN to hire employees, open bank accounts, and pay your business taxes. You can obtain an EIN from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The EIN is free to obtain online from the IRS. We have an EIN Service that can spare you the hassle of dealing with the IRS and help get an EIN for you.
Step 5: Draft an operating agreement, corporate bylaws, or partnership agreement for your Oklahoma business
Governing documents such as operating agreements (for LLCs), corporate bylaws (for corporations) and partnership agreements (for partnerships) are essential to your business. They can help you resolve disputes before they happen, manage your business, and plan for changes in the future. As an Oklahoma business, you’re not required to file your governing documents with the state. However, creating these documents is still essential to effectively run your business.
To help you out, we offer an online LLC Operating Agreement template. This spares you the expense of hiring a lawyer to draft your operating agreement and saves you from the fear of doing it yourself and possibly doing it wrong. Our template gives you the information you need to customize an operating agreement to your business’s needs.
Step 6: Apply for your Oklahoma business’s necessary licenses and permits
Not every business will have to pay Oklahoma formation fees. However, virtually every Oklahoma business needs to identify which Oklahoma licensing and permit fees they’ll need to pay. Oklahoma is a very business-friendly state. Business owners don’t need to worry about getting a “general business license” in Oklahoma, since it’s not something the state offers or requires. However, you might still need a number of different federal, state, and local licenses depending on your location and industry. Our Business License Report Service can help you find what licensing you need to get started.
Step 7: Pay registration fees for out-of-state businesses
A “foreign company” is less exotic than it sounds. It simply means that the business was formed outside of Oklahoma. When a foreign corporation or LLC wants to start doing business in Oklahoma, it will need to pay certain Oklahoma filing fees and comply with other state obligations.
If you decide you want to expand your Oklahoma business to other states, you’ll likely need to get an Oklahoma Certificate of Good Standing. A Certificate of Good Standing confirms that your business has complied with all filing and fee-payment requirements. Instead of tracking down paperwork yourself, we have a Certificate of Good Standing Service that can help you request a certificate and make the process easy for you.
Step 8: Check Oklahoma’s annual report requirements and fees
Oklahoma has different annual report obligations for corporations and for all other registered businesses. Most corporations need to file an annual franchise tax report. LLCs and other statutory businesses need to file something called an “annual certificate” on the anniversary date of their registration.
As a business owner, keeping up with filing deadlines can be difficult. It can be overwhelming to think about collecting all the required information, especially if you’ve never completed these reports before. Our Annual Report Service can help you easily keep track of your reporting obligations when reporting time comes.
Step 9: Keep your Oklahoma business legally compliant
When you make certain changes to your public business information, you may need to update your Oklahoma formation paperwork to stay compliant. Changes that may require filing amendments include:
- Changing registered agent
- Making material changes to your ownership structure
- Changing certain material facts in your Certificate of Organization or Articles of Incorporation
- Changing the business name
- Making certain other changes to public information
You’ll typically have to pay Oklahoma filing fees when you file amendments to make these changes. We offer an Amendment Service to help you stay on top of your obligations. We also offer our Worry-Free Compliance Service, which includes two amendments every year (you only pay the filing fee; we do the work).
Let us help your keep your Oklahoma business compliant
We’re in the business of freeing you up to run your business. Our many business formation and compliance services can make growing your Oklahoma business easier. We can help you focus on growth, stay on top of your obligations, and avoid costly mistakes along the way.
Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.
- Are there penalties for paying my fees late in Oklahoma?
In some cases, there may be late fees or other penalties if you don’t pay your fees on time. In other cases, your licenses, permits, and registrations may simply lapse after a certain period if fees go unpaid.
- What happens if I can’t pay my fees to the Oklahoma government?
Check with the Secretary of State and local business resources. There may be assistance available for situations like yours. If you can’t pay and choose not to seek assistance, your registrations will likely lapse.
- Who receives the fees for forming my Oklahoma business?
Pay your Oklahoma formation fees to the Secretary of State.
- What is usually the biggest fee I will pay when I form my Oklahoma business?
It depends upon your type of business, speed of filing you select, and the licenses and permits you may need. However, formation documents typically have the highest fees.
- What payment methods can I use to pay my LLC or corporation filing fees to the Oklahoma government?
The Oklahoma government will accept cashier’s checks, personal checks, or credit cards. Make sure to check with local governments when you submit any local fees, as they may accept different forms of payment.