How to File a DBA in Oklahoma

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Registering an Oklahoma DBA, also known as a trade name, is a simple process that you complete with the Secretary of State. To learn more about why you may need a DBA read our What is a DBA article.

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Use our free guide below to file for a DBA in Oklahoma:

 

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Step 1) Start with a DBA Name Search

“StartIf you haven't already, head over to Oklahoma’s Secretary of State website to make sure your trade name isn't taken by another registered Oklahoma business. Your name can be similar to other business names, but it’s still a good practice to create a unique name.

In Oklahoma, your fictitious name should not include:

  • Any business entity suffix, such as LLC, Incorporated, Corp., etc unless the business is actually an LLC, corporation, or etc.
  • Any terms given to financial institutions, including: "bank," "banc," "banco," "banque," "banker," "trust company," "savings and loan association," "savings bank," "credit union" or other similar words.

Next, a quick search on the U.S. Trademark Electronic Search System will tell you whether someone else has already trademarked your name.

Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA as well.

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Step 2) Register Your DBA with the State

“Register In Oklahoma, you register your DBA with the secretary of state. You can file online at the Oklahoma Secretary of State's website, or you can complete the trade name report form.

The application will ask for your new DBA name and information about your business, such as:

  • Section 3: Type of business
  • Section 4: Legal name of the owner
  • Section 5: Owner’s business structure
  • Section 6: State or jurisdiction where the business entity was formed

DBA does not offer any protection for your personal assets in the event that your business is sued. For more information on setting up a limited liability company, visit our How to Form an LLC page and select your state.

 

Submit Your Application

File Online

Mail

Oklahoma Secretary of State
421 N.W. 13th St., Suite 210
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Fees

  • $25 Filing Fee

Manage Your Oklahoma DBA

DBA Questions

Call the Oklahoma Secretary of State: 405-522-2520

Renew Your DBA with the State

Your Oklahoma trade name does not need to be renewed.

Change Your DBA

You cannot change the name of your trade name without registering for a new one. To make other changes to your trade name registration, complete the amended trade name report form. The fee is $25. You can file the form online or mail it to:

Oklahoma Secretary of State
421 N.W. 13th St., Suite 210
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Withdraw Your DBA

You can cancel your trade name by filing a withdrawal of trade name report form. The fee is $25, and you can either file the form online or mail it to:

Oklahoma Secretary of State
421 N.W. 13th St., Suite 210
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

FAQ

Can I file a DBA online in Oklahoma?

You can file your DBA online at the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s website.

 

How do I change my DBA in Oklahoma?

You cannot change the name of your trade name without registering for a new one. To make other changes to your trade name registration, complete the amended trade name report form.

 

How can I withdraw my DBA?

You can cancel your trade name by filing a withdrawal of trade name report form. The fee is $25, and you can file the form online or mail it to:

Oklahoma Secretary of State
421 N.W. 13th St., Suite 210
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

 

How often should I renew my Oklahoma DBA?

Your Oklahoma trade name does not need to be renewed.

 

When is a DBA required in Oklahoma?

A DBA is required whenever a business is operating under a name other than its legal name.

 

How do I transfer my DBA in Oklahoma?

You can transfer ownership of your trade name by filing the transfer of trade name report form.

 

Is my Oklahoma DBA protected from being used in other places?

There are some state-level laws that prevent DBAs that are too similar to existing ones from being used, but your name is not protected in Oklahoma. It is possible to create a federal trademark for a DBA, which would offer stronger protection across state lines.

 

How many DBAs can I have?

You can have as many DBAs as you can afford to create and are able to keep track of. However, more isn’t necessarily better. Each one will come with additional incremental expense and paperwork, so you will want to make sure you have a good reason for each one you have.

 

Can a DBA get an EIN or Tax ID?

DBAs aren’t required to have a separate EIN because DBAs aren’t a business entity. The business entity that the DBA is under would have an EIN if an EIN is required.

To learn more about EINs and when you would need one for your business, read What is an EIN from our friends at TRUiC.

 

Can a DBA become an LLC?

Your DBA is just a name. A DBA is often confused with a sole proprietorship. If you mean “can my sole proprietorship become an LLC?” then the answer is “Yes. Absolutely.”

To learn how to form an LLC, visit our Form an LLC state guides.

 

Can a DBA have "Inc." in the name?

A DBA can only have "Inc." in the name if the business entity the DBA is attached to is incorporated. Incorporated businesses include LLCs, corporations, and Limited Partnerships to name a few.

 

How do I set up a DBA for a Rental Property?

It’s always best to consult an attorney. Usually, the best option is to form an LLC to protect your personal assets in the event of an issue with the rental property. Holding the rental property in your name and with a DBA will not afford you any protection.

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