Like all states, residents of Oklahoma seeking to run a business or charity within the state (or out-of-state owners) may submit filing forms to create a for-profit (for business) or nonprofit corporation. The Oklahoma Secretary of State has the duty to process all registrations for and to regulate Oklahoma corporations. To make it easier on incorporators, the state has preexisting filing forms for both types of corporations. Filers can obtain the forms online. They then submit the forms and fee to the Secretary of State’s office to start a corporation in Oklahoma.
Decide on a corporate name. In Oklahoma, you need one of the following corporation designators in the name when starting a new corporation: association, corporation, company, club, foundation, inorporated, fund, institute, society, limited, syndicate or union. You may also use one of the following abbreviations: co., corp., inc. or ltd.
Call to see if your chosen corporate name is available. The Oklahoma Secretary of State has a Business Filing Division phone number at 405-521-3912. You will at least receive preliminary confirmation that your name is available. Note that you will need to register right away because another company could potentially file your name even after you confirm its availability.
Access the “Downloadable Business Forms” page on the Secretary of State’s website at Sos.ok.gov/business/forms.aspx. You can then see a link for incorporation forms for both “profit” and “not for profit” corporations. Click on the link for the corporate entity you seek to form.
Read the instructions and fill out your chosen “Articles of Incorporation.” These forms, like similar corporate filing forms in all states, merely provide the generic minimum for incorporating in Oklahoma. You should consult an attorney for advice on structuring and filing your Oklahoma business. For example, when creating an Oklahoma nonprofit corporation, you need to include certain provisions required by the IRS for obtaining tax-exempt status. Refer to Publication 557 (on the IRS.gov website) for more information on federal tax exemptions.
Figure out your Oklahoma corporate filing fees. You must pay $1 per $1000 in total par value of authorized stock. In the case of “no par value” stock, multiply each share by $50 and then pay the same $1 per $1000 in total value. However, the minimum filing fee is $50 for Oklahoma business corporations. For Oklahoma nonprofits, you must pay $25. Make a check or money order out to the “oklahoma Secretary of State.”
Send or personally deliver your corporate filing forms and fee to the following address:
Secretary of State
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
State Capitol Building
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4897
Oklahoma For-Profit Corporation Articles of Incorporation
Oklahoma Nonprofit Corporation Articles of Incorporation
Oklahoma Corporation Downloadable Business Forms