When you form an Oklahoma LLC, you file Articles of Organization that contain important information about your business. But changes can occur frequently in the course of operating a business, and the information you initially provided to the Oklahoma Secretary of State may become inaccurate. When this happens, you need to file Articles of Amendment to inform the state of any changes.
If this seems complicated, don’t worry. Let’s walk through the process of filing an amendment to your Oklahoma LLC, when you need to do so, and how we can help.
What are Oklahoma Articles of Organization?
Filing your Oklahoma Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State officially forms your business and authorizes you to operate within the state.
To accurately fill out the Articles of Organization form, you’ll need the following:
- Name of your LLC
- Address of the principal place of business
- Name of your Oklahoma registered agent and the registered office address
- One or more organizer signatures
- E-mail address of the LLC’s primary contact person
- How long the company will be in existence (perpetual or a specific number of years)
LLCs can include additional provisions that outline the internal affairs of the company.
If you haven’t formed your Oklahoma LLC yet, check out our Oklahoma LLC formation services.
Step 1: Determine if you need to change your Oklahoma Articles of Organization
The state uses the information contained in a business’s Articles of Organization for several reasons, including:
- Publishing the information as part of public record
- Registered agent information for service of process
- Compliance and auditing purposes
When you change something that was included in your Articles of Organization, you have to update the Secretary of State. LLC members can delete or alter provisions contained in the Articles of Organization or add entirely new provisions. Be sure to inform the state of any changes that arise in the course of your business to avoid falling out of compliance.
There are penalties associated with not updating the state of changes in your business. Most notably, the Secretary of State can refuse to issue a Certificate of Good Standing to your Oklahoma LLC. A Certificate of Good Standing verifies that your LLC was legally formed in Oklahoma and is in compliance with state requirements. Many parties request a Certificate of Good Standing prior to entering into a contract with your business or agreeing to give your business a loan.
Having your request for a Certificate of Good Standing rejected on the basis of failing to update the state of changes made to your business can result in missing out on funding opportunities and fruitful business relationships.
Step 2: Identify what to change in your Oklahoma Articles of Organization
You can update the Secretary of State by filing an Amended Articles of Organization. Oklahoma requires LLCs to amend their Articles of Organization when:
- A change is made to the LLC’s name
- There is a false or erroneous statement in the Articles of Organization
- There is a change in the duration of the LLC
- The members want to restate the Articles of Organization
- The members want to alter or add a provision to the Articles of Organization
Step 3: Gather information for filing your Oklahoma amendment
To file the Amended Articles of Organization, you need the following information:
- Name of the LLC
- Date the original Articles of Organization was filed
- The language of the amendment you want to adopt
Step 4: File your Oklahoma LLC amendment
Oklahoma allows Amended Articles of Organization to be filed online or by mail by completing the state-approved form and sending it to the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office in Oklahoma City.
Amendments can be complex and difficult to navigate, but you don’t have to figure it out alone. We can make this easier with our Worry-Free Compliance service, which includes two amendments per year to help you stay compliant. All you have to do is pay the state filing fee.
Oklahoma Amended Articles of Organization vs. Restated Articles of Organization
A Restated Articles of Organization allows you to completely re-do the Articles of Organization for your LLC. The Amended Articles of Organization, on the other hand, allows you to add to, remove, or alter information in the original Articles of Organization, which stays in effect. The Amended Articles of Organization supplements the original Articles of Organization rather than replacing it. Oklahoma allows Restated Articles of Organization to be filed online or by mail by completing the form and sending it to the Oklahoma Secretary of State with the proper filing fee.
Oklahoma Amended Articles of Organization vs. Statement of Correction
Oklahoma provides an Articles of Correction form that allows business owners to correct any typographical error, error of transcription, other technical error, or defective execution. Unlike the Amended Articles of Organization, the Statement of Correction doesn’t make substantive changes to the contents of your Articles of Organization.
We can help keep your Oklahoma LLC compliant
Inevitably, circumstances will arise triggering the need to amend the Articles of Organization for your Oklahoma LLC.
We can help alleviate the stress of the process and allow you to focus on running your business. We can help you get your business off the ground with our Oklahoma LLC formation services.
With our Worry-Free Compliance service, we send alerts to business owners for important compliance and filing deadlines, file your annual certificate and up to two yearly amendments, and provide expert support in the event your Oklahoma LLC falls out of good standing.
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.
- Do I need an attorney to amend my Articles of Organization in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma doesn’t require LLCs to consult with an attorney before amending their Articles of Organization. However, it’s never a bad idea to have an attorney review your business’s legal filings.
- What business changes can be reported in an Oklahoma LLC Amended Articles of Organization form?
Any additions, deletions, or revisions to the information in an Oklahoma LLC’s original Articles of Organization may be reported in an Amended Articles of Organization form.
- Are Oklahoma LLC Amended Articles of Organization the same as an annual report?
No. Oklahoma requires LLCs to submit annual certificates every year, regardless of whether the LLC made changes to information contained in the Articles of Organization. The need to file Amended Articles of Organization arises only when there is a change to the information contained in the original Articles of Organization.
- How long does it take to file an LLC Amended Articles of Organization in Oklahoma?
Online filings typically take approximately two business days to process in Oklahoma. If you deliver the Amended Articles of Organization by mail, the processing time ranges from 10 to 14 business days. Longer processing times may exist depending on the workload of the Secretary of State.
- What will I receive from the state of Oklahoma when the Amended Articles of Organization are filed?
You can expect the Secretary of State to return a file-stamped copy of the Amended Articles of Organization to the person who filed the document.