How to Get a Business License in OK
You can get a business license online or by mail by applying with the correct licensing or regulatory agency for your business.
Business licensing requirements generally depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
There are three main licensing jurisdictions:
State of Oklahoma Business Licensing
The main state-level permit or license in Oklahoma is the sales tax license, also known as a seller’s permit.
You must obtain a sales tax license if you:
- Are engaged in business in Oklahoma
- Intend to sell or lease tangible personal property and provide certain services that would ordinarily be subject to sales tax.
Visit the Oklahoma Taxpayer Access Point to obtain a sales tax license.
Additionally, businesses in certain professions or industries may need to have specific licenses or permits. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce provides more information about some of these licenses.
Local Oklahoma Business Licensing
In Oklahoma, you may need other licenses or permits from your local government depending on your business activity or location.
For example, Oklahoma City has a long list of professions that need to have a specific city business license.
Check with your local Oklahoma town or county government office for more information.
Steps for Obtaining a Business License in Oklahoma
Oklahoma Sales Tax License
You can register for an Oklahoma sales tax license, online or by mail.
Other Oklahoma Business Licenses
Oklahoma sales tax permits, or seller’s permits, must be renewed every three years from their issuance date.
Federal Business Licenses and Permits
You can get a business license by applying with the correct licensing and regulatory agency for your business. Business licensing requirements depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
If your business conducts activities that are regulated by the federal government, you will need to apply for the appropriate business license or permit.
Choose a business activity below to learn how to apply:
Firearms, ammunition, and explosives
Fish and wildlife
Mining and drilling
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics
OK Business License FAQ
What is a business license?
A business license is a permit issued to businesses by a government office that allows the business to operate in a particular area. They can be issued by federal, state, or local governments. There are typically different licensing requirements for different businesses and different locations.
What are the types of business licenses?
There are many types of business licenses. These include licenses at the local, state, and federal levels, licenses related to sales tax and other taxes, and specific licenses for various professions. There are also environmental licenses, zoning permits, and more.
Is there a national business license?
Most businesses don’t need a federal business license, but some industries, including broadcasting, investment advising, and drug manufacturing, do have federal regulations and licenses.
Is an EIN the same as a business license?
No. An employer identification number (EIN) is issued by the IRS to identify and keep track of businesses, but it does not license them to operate.
Is an LLC considered a business license?
No. An LLC is a type of business structure. While you are required to register as an LLC, it is not a business license.
Who needs an Oklahoma business license?
Any business that sells or leases taxable goods or services needs an Oklahoma sales tax permit. Businesses in certain professions or locations may need additional specific licenses.
What licenses do I need to open a business in Oklahoma?
Many businesses will at least need an Oklahoma sales tax permit. Businesses in certain professions or locations may need additional specific licenses.
What is a seller’s permit?
A seller’s permit is the common name for a license or permit that allows you to sell products or services. In Oklahoma, this is called a sales tax permit.
How much does an Oklahoma business license cost?
The registration fee for an Oklahoma sales tax permit is $20 plus $10 for each additional business location. The cost of other business licenses varies.
How do I get an Oklahoma business license?
You can register for an Oklahoma sales tax permit online with the Oklahoma Taxpayer Access Point or by mail. The processes for obtaining other licenses vary.