How to Change Your Oklahoma Business Name

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Oklahoma Business Name Change

Sometimes, all your business needs is a bit of a shake-up. There are lots of ways to change things up, like changing marketing strategies, bringing in new talent, or engaging in team building. If you have an Oklahoma limited liability company (LLC) or corporation, you might also consider changing the name of your business. 

Business name changes in Oklahoma usually require filing an Amended Certificate of Incorporation (for corporations) or Amended Articles of Organization (for LLCs). Our Amendment Filing Service gives you a quick and easy option for filing amendments. 

Not sure where to start? No worries, we will go into more depth on how to change a business name in Oklahoma.

How to Get a New Business Name

There are a few things you may need to do before you change the name of your business. Like any major business decision, you should probably not rush into amending your entity’s name. Before you start the process of changing your business name, there are a few items to consider.

1) Choose a new business name

A business name change in Oklahoma is relatively straightforward, and you can usually pick almost any name. Still, there are some rules that you need to follow. In general, your new business name needs to:

It’s not always simple to figure out if your name is compliant. Fortunately, we have a tool that can help with this: the Business Name Checker. After you’ve found the perfect name, don’t forget to reserve it with our Business Name Reservation Service. We created these tools so you can find and reserve the right name for your business. 

2) Gather information for filing your amendment

An Amended Certificate of Incorporation or an Amended Certificate of Organization will require a few pieces of information. Listed below are some of the items you might need:

Depending on whether you are amending a corporation or an LLC, these requirements may vary. Also, check your entity’s bylaws or other governing documents to see if there are specific rules about who must approve name changes or amendments. 

3) File your Oklahoma amendment

The Secretary of State’s website features a portal where you can file your amendment. It is also possible to mail in your amendment. Note that there is a difference between filing an amendment and filing a DBA or trade name. A DBA allows you to use a separate assumed name but does not legally change your name. That said, amendments and trade name registrations can both be filed with the Oklahoma Secretary of State.

After You Change Your Business Name

When you legally change a business name in Oklahoma, there are other things you should consider. Some items you may need to take care of include:

In the long run, you may have issues and confusion if you don’t update your name. You might also want to let your customers know that the business name is changing. Failure to update customers and vendors about the name change might hurt your business.

We Can Help

Have some more questions about how to change a business name in Oklahoma? Changes to your business name can seem complicated, but our Amendment Filing Service makes it easy. You don’t need to worry if you haven’t formed an Oklahoma entity yet! Our Oklahoma LLC and Oklahoma Corporation Formation Services let you create your own entity in minutes.

Once you have your entity up and running, we can help you keep it that way with our Worry-Free Compliance Service. This service even includes up to two amendment filings per year, which can be used for name changes or other amendments to the entity. We enjoy seeing our customers succeed. Whether you need to change a name, form a new entity, or secure your compliance needs, let us know what we can do for you today!

Disclaimer: The content on this page is for informational 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.

FAQs

  1. What's the difference between a doing-business-as (DBA) name and business name? 

    The name in your formation documents is the official name of your business. A DBA (or trade name) is more like a nickname that your entity goes by. An LLC or corporation can use a DBA in addition to sole proprietorships and partnerships.

  2. Do I have to change my business name if I have a DBA name? 

    No, the official name and DBA serve different purposes. A DBA does not need to be the same as the entity’s actual name, and in fact, it seldom is. You may also be able to register your DBA locally but check with your county or city to be sure.

  3. How do I register my business name in Oklahoma? 

    When you create an entity, you will choose its name in the formation documents. You can update the name later by amending it. You can also file a DBA, but this will not change the official name of your business.

  4. How many amendments can I make to my business?

    There is no restriction on the number of amendments you can file, but keep in mind you will need to pay a separate filing fee every time you file an amendment. Our Worry-Free Compliance, however, does include two amendments.

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