Q&A with Larry Parman
Oklahoma secretary of state's office helps establish businesses
Q: How does the secretary of state's office serve the general public and the business community?
A: Our office administers a variety of filings required to legally set up a business in Oklahoma. We process and record filings for both foreign and domestic business entities such as corporations, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, trade names, partnership fictitious names, trademarks, charitable organizations, notaries, agriculture liens, mergers, entity conversions and amendments to those entities that may be required by a change in circumstances for the entity.
Q: What steps should a customer take before contacting the secretary of state's office?
A: Preparation will make your registration go much better and faster, so complete these three steps before you contact our office. First, make sure the name of your business is available. Names may be searched on our website, www.sos.ok.gov, or you may call the office at 522-2520 and request a name availability search. Names may be reserved for a period of 60 days for $10. Second, decide the entity type you will be using — typically a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company (LLC). Third, learn whether or not licenses are required to conduct business in Oklahoma for the specific type of business being registered. For example, roofers must get licenses from the Construction Industries Board; accountants must obtain licenses from the Accountancy Board, attorneys have to be licensed, and so forth.
Q: What options do business owners have to complete a filing with the secretary of state's office?
A: You may file online at www.sos.ok.gov or in our office at the state Capitol. Some customers register by mail, and a few fax their registration to 521-3771. Our address is: Oklahoma Secretary of State, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd., Room 101, Oklahoma City, OK 3105-4897. Before you attempt to complete a filing, be sure you have taken the steps described above.