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Step 1: Check Name Availability
Choose three corporate names in order of preference and we check for availability.
Step 2: Prepare or Upload your Articles
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Step 3: Specify Service Level and Service Options
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If we receive your Oklahoma Articles of Incorporation by 12 p.m. PST M-F, your corporation will be submitted and could be active the same day. This means your company will be given the submission date as your file date. If you mail the document to the state, like many filing services do, it will take several weeks longer for proof of filing.
Your Post-Filing Responsibilities
- File a Statement of Information: After the Articles of Incorporation are filed, the Secretary of State requires that you file a Statement of Information.
- Employer Identification Number: If you would like, we can obtain your EIN for your new company. Add it to your order and we will obtain the EIN within 24-48 hours.
- Oklahoma Corporate Kit: Our Kits include a custom binder, seal embosser, bylaws and meeting minutes, 20 Stock certificates, and more. You can order you kit at the time of filing or if you prefer, you can place the order individually at our Corporate Kit order page.
Add these optional services to your order at the time of filing:
- Certificate of Good Standing: You may need additional copies if you are going to qualify or register in other states. Most certificates are good for 90 days.
- Additional Certified Copy of Articles: You may need this in the future for banks, loans, or professional licensing requirements.
The SunDoc Filings Advantage
- We have filed thousands of documents since 1999
- All filings received by 12 p.m. PST are submitted same day
- Most filing companies mail in your filings
Oklahoma Corporate Formation Guidelines
The name of the corporation must contain one of the words or abbreviations “association”, “company”, “corporation”, “club”, “foundation”, “fund”, “incorporated”, “institute”, “society”, “union”, “syndicate”, or “limited” or words or abbreviations of like import of foreign countries or jurisdictions; provided that such abbreviations are written in Roman characters or letters. The name must be distinguishable upon the records in the Office of the Secretary of State from: a. names of other corporations, whether domestic or foreign, then existing or which existed at any time during the preceding three (3) years, b. names of partnerships whether general or limited, or domestic or foreign, then in good standing or registered or which were in good standing or registered at any time during the preceding three (3) years, c. names of limited liability companies, whether domestic or foreign, then 1in good standing or registered or which were in good standing or registered at any time during the preceding three (3) years, d. trade names or fictitious names filed with the Secretary of State, or e. corporate, limited liability company or limited partnership names reserved with the
Secretary of State.
A corporate name found to be available may be reserved with the Secretary of State for a 60 day period for a filing fee of $10.
It shall be sufficient to state, either alone or with other businesses or purposes, that the purpose of the corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which corporations may be organized under the general corporation law of Oklahoma.
AUTHORIZED SHARES AND MINIMUM PAID IN CAPITAL
The maximum number of authorized shares for the minimum incorporation filing fee is $50,000 of par value shares or 1,000 share without par value. There is no minimum amount of paid in capital required to commence business.
Preemptive rights are denied in absence of a specific grant.
Cumulative voting is automatically denied unless provided for in the articles.
REGISTERED AGENT AND REGISTERED OFFICE
The corporation must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in Oklahoma.
The minimum number of directors is one (1).
LIMITATION OF DIRECTORS' PERSONAL LIABILITY
The Certificate of Incorporation may contain, within the limitations prescribed by the Oklahoma General Corporation Act, a provision eliminating or limiting the personal liability of a director to the corporation or its shareholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, provided that such provision shall not eliminate or limit the liability of a director: a. for any breach of the director's duty of loyalty to the corporation or its shareholders, b. for acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law, c. for unlawful distributions, d. for any transaction from which the director derived an improper personal benefit.
Minimum number of incorporators is one (1) (a person, partnership, association or corporation), and there is no requirement that the incorporator be a resident of Oklahoma.
Submit to the Secretary of State one (1) executed Certificate of Incorporation. The Secretary of State certifies that the instrument has been filed by endorsing upon the signed instrument the word “Filed”, and the date of its filing. Note: Every entity doing business in Oklahoma is required to file Form BT-190 “Oklahoma Annual Business Activity Tax Return”. If you have been doing business in Oklahoma for more than 1 year, as of December 31st, you are subject to the annual Business Activity Tax. This return is due July 1st.
SCHEDULE OF OFFICIAL STATE
DISBURSEMENTS AND FEES
Secretary of State
Filing fee (minimum fee of $50) for Certificate of Incorporation is based on the total authorized capital stock (number of authorized shares multiplied by the par value) at the owing rate $1.00 per $1,000.00. Stock without par value is valued at $50.00 per share for determining the filing fee only.
Oklahoma Corporate Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose SunDoc Filings?
SunDoc Filings can help you form an Oklahoma corporation with the Oklahoma Secretary of State on an expedited basis. To form a corporation in Oklahoma or form an Oklahoma subchapter S corporation, you must file the Oklahoma Articles of Incorporation with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. SunDoc Filings has been forming Oklahoma corporations since 1999 and knows the state’s requirements to handle your formation professionally and without delay. Let us make the Oklahoma incorporation process quick and painless for you by preparing and filing the Oklahoma Articles of Incorporation with the Oklahoma Secretary of State on your behalf.
How do I form an Oklahoma Corporation?
First, we check corporate name availability with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. Second, we prepare the Oklahoma Articles of Incorporation. Third, before we form the Oklahoma corporation, we verify that the Articles of Incorporation are free of errors. Fourth, we file the Articles of Incorporation with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. Fifth, when the Oklahoma Secretary of State files the Oklahoma Articles of Incorporation, we will return the filed document to you.
What are the advantages of forming an Oklahoma Corporation?
To begin with, there is the protection of the "corporate veil" that provides limited liability to the owners (shareholders). The shareholders are not personally liable for debts and obligations of the corporation. They can personally lose only to the extent of their investments in the Oklahoma corporation form purchasing stock. Since the Oklahoma corporation is an independent legal entity, the Oklahoma corporation has continuous existence. It does not cease to exist simply because one of the shareholders dies or retires. Corporations often have an easier time setting up insurance, retirement funds, profit-sharing, pension, and stock option plans than other business entities.
When you form an Oklahoma corporation, the owners (shareholders) are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the Oklahoma corporation. Ownership in an Oklahoma corporation is more easily transferable than other business entities. Under most circumstances, shares of stock can be sold without restriction to a third party without having to obtain consent from the Oklahoma corporation itself.
How do I obtain an EIN or Employer Identification number or Tax Payer ID number for my Oklahoma Corporation?
After we form an Oklahoma corporation on your behalf, we offer supporting services. We can obtain an employer identification number (an EIN) for your Oklahoma corporation. An EIN is required to open a bank account, hire employees, and to start business credit for your Oklahoma corporation. If you purchase our Oklahoma premium package, EIN obtainment is included for your Oklahoma corporation.
How do I form an Oklahoma S Corporation?
It is important to understand that your Oklahoma S corporation starts as a general stock corporation (C corporation). To obtain or to form an Oklahoma S corporation, you must file for subchapter S status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Forming an Oklahoma S corporation simply means the corporation is taxed like a partnership or LLC with a pass through tax structure. Make sure to check with your accountant or the IRS for limitations or read about Oklahoma C corporations below. By obtaining S corporation status in Oklahoma, it eliminates double taxation and the corporation generally does not file a tax return. On their tax return, the Oklahoma S corporation's shareholders include their share of the Oklahoma Corporation's separately stated items of income, deduction, loss, and credit, and their share of non-separately stated income or loss.
What are the advantages of a C Corporation in Oklahoma?
Generally most people form Oklahoma C corporations that plan on publicly trading the corporation's stock. Since Oklahoma S corporations cannot have more than 75 shareholders, choosing to maintain an Oklahoma C corporation allows for 76 shareholders or more. An Oklahoma C corporation can have multiple classes of stock such as preferred and common shares. An Oklahoma C corporation will be double taxed since both the corporate entity and the individual owners have to file tax returns. However, an Oklahoma S corporation can only be owned by individuals that are U.S. citizens or registered aliens, issue only one type of stock, and are limited to no more than 75 shareholders.
How do I obtain or prepare corporate bylaws for my Oklahoma Corporation?
If you purchase our premium package, Sun will prepare the initial bylaws (standard language) for your Oklahoma corporation and include meeting minutes (MS Word format) that you can prepare as needed.
What are the corporate bylaws and why are they so important for my Oklahoma corporation?
The corporate bylaws serve as a blueprint for your Oklahoma corporation The bylaws contain the rights, privileges, and powers of the officers, directors, and shareholders. Most Oklahoma bylaws contain the number of directors and their names. Oklahoma bylaws also contain the names of the officers for the titles: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Another important part of Oklahoma corporation bylaws is to create "rules" on how the Oklahoma corporation can open a bank account, take out loans, write checks, enter into contracts, obtain business credit, and issue stock certificates to its shareholders. Most Oklahoma bylaws will reference a list of shareholders in alphabetical order that includes Oklahoma shareholder's names, addresses, titles held with the Oklahoma corporation, and the amount of shares the shareholder owns in the Oklahoma corporation.
What is an Oklahoma corporate seal?
After the Oklahoma corporation prepares its bylaws or has Sun prepare the bylaws, the Oklahoma corporation will need a corporate seal. A corporate seal is a handheld device that imprints paper with the corporation's name, state of formation, and date the Oklahoma corporation was formed. Many banks and other lending institutes require Oklahoma corporations to possess and use a corporation seal on business documents or loan papers. All Oklahoma corporation kits that Sun sells contain a handheld corporate seal embosser.
What is an Oklahoma corporate kit?
The Oklahoma corporate kit is typically a hardbound binder that contains all of the Oklahoma corporation's important documents such as the Oklahoma Articles of Incorporation and bylaws. All the Oklahoma corporation kits that Sundoc sells include having the Oklahoma corporation's name hot stamped (professional imprint of the Oklahoma corporation's name) on the spine. Most Oklahoma corporation kits come with a slipcase to keep the binder safe. Some corporate kits are made with a slipcase built in. The choice is yours.
Another important part of an Oklahoma corporate kit is stock certificates. All of the Oklahoma corporate kits that Sundoc sells contain 20 custom stock certificates that include the Oklahoma corporation's name, the amount of shares, the par value the corporation is authorized to issue, and the title of President and Secretary below the signature lines. If you have already formed your Oklahoma corporation, you can order an Oklahoma corporate kit by placing the order individually at our Corporate/LLC Kit order page. We have a selection of high quality kits that come in array of styles and colors.
Now that you have formed your Oklahoma corporation, obtained your EIN from the IRS, decided upon whether to elect S corporation status or remain a C corporation, prepared the Oklahoma bylaws, issued shares of stock, and used your seal embosser, it is time to verify which local city and/or county tax licenses your business will need. The best place to start is your city hall or county recorder's office. Take the time to verify your areas business licensing requirements. For those of you who plan to run your Oklahoma corporation out of your home, check with your city or county to find out if a work at home permit is required. Once your licensing requirements are met, it is time to start operating your Oklahoma corporation