How to Search Available LLC Names in Oklahoma
1. Check Oklahoma LLC Naming Guidelines
Before you do a name availability search, it makes sense to check if your business name meets the basic state guidelines.
Some key guidelines for Oklahoma LLC names include:
- Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or “limited company” or one of their abbreviations (LLC, L.L.C., LC, or L.C.). The word "limited" may be abbreviated as "LTD.," and the word "Company" may be abbreviated as "CO."
- Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state. This includes Oklahoma reserved names.
Keep an eye out for restricted words. These words, such as “FBI” or “Treasury,” are often restricted to keep your LLC from sounding like an official institution.
Additionally, Oklahoma LLCs must have approval to include the following words in their name: savings and loan, building and loan, savings association, and savings bank.
For more information, check out Oklahoma's official state statutes.
2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search
Once you know your LLC name meets Oklahoma guidelines, it’s time to make sure it’s available by searching the Oklahoma Name Availability Search tool.
It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Oklahoma, a distinguishable name is one that is substantively different from all other existing or reserved business names in the state.
Failure to use a distinguishable name could result in your formation filing being rejected.
What if my LLC name is already taken? If your LLC name is unavailable in Oklahoma, it’s time to come up with some new ideas.
How to Reserve or Register Your Business Name
Reserve Your Name
You can optionally reserve an Oklahoma business name with the Secretary of State online or by filing a hard copy of the application for reservation of a name form. This will protect the name for up to 60 days until you register your LLC.
Register Your Name
If you want to register a legal entity name for your LLC, you can do so at the time of formation filing. Oklahoma provides a section for your desired LLC name on the Articles of Organization.
Registering a DBA (doing business as) name, called a trade name in Oklahoma, is a separate process that requires filing with Secretary of State.
Oklahoma LLC Name Search FAQ
How do I check if an LLC name is taken in Oklahoma?
You can use the Oklahoma Name Availability Search tool to see if your preferred business name is available.
How do I complete an Oklahoma business name search?
You can use the Oklahoma Business Entity Search tool to look up existing businesses in the state.
Should I name my LLC after myself?
While there’s no rule against naming an LLC after yourself, most experts advise against doing this.
One of the benefits of starting an LLC is the ability to choose a different name for your business, which can make it sound more professional.
What words can’t be used in a Oklahoma LLC name?
Business names generally can’t include words that imply the company is a banking or financial institution or that it’s affiliated with a local, state, or federal government agency.
Oklahoma LLCs must have approval to include the following words in their name: savings and loan, building and loan, savings association, and savings bank.
Should I use an LLC name generator?
If you’re having trouble choosing a name for your LLC, an LLC name generator can help you come up with some ideas.
What is a brand name?
A brand name is a name a company gives to a product or line of products. It can be the same as the company’s name or something different.
Do I have to include LLC in my name?
Yes. Oklahoma requires that its LLCs use “Limited Liability Company” or one of its abbreviations (e.g., LLC or L.L.C.) in their legal name.
Do I need to renew my business name in Oklahoma?
No. Oklahoma does not require LLCs to renew their legal name or any DBAs.
Can my business name be different from my LLC name in Oklahoma?
Some companies choose to operate under a name that’s different from their legal name. This can either be called a “doing business as” (DBA) name or trade name in Oklahoma.
In Oklahoma, trade names are filed with the Secretary of State.
Does my LLC need a DBA name?
Your LLC doesn’t need a DBA name unless it plans to do business under a name other than its legal name. Learn more about Oklahoma DBAs by reading our guide to filing for a DBA and selecting Oklahoma from the dropdown menu.