How to File a DBA in Oklahoma

An Oklahoma DBA (doing business as) is called a trade name. Oklahoma trade name registration allows a business to operate under a name that’s different from its legal name.

DBA registration won’t protect your personal assets like forming an LLC or corporation will. Learn why in our DBA vs LLC guide.

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Register an Oklahoma Trade Name

Registering an Oklahoma trade name, also known as a DBA, is easy!

Learn How to File a DBA in Oklahoma yourself in two steps:

  1. Start with an Oklahoma Trade Name Search
  2. Register Your Oklahoma DBA

Note: A DBA is only used for branding. We recommend forming an LLC to separate your business and personal assets.

Step 1. Start with an Oklahoma Trade Name Search

Oklahoma trade names must be unique and must also meet Oklahoma’s business name requirements. 

First, visit the Oklahoma Business Name Search website and search for your new DBA name to make sure it isn’t already in use.

Next, review the Oklahoma naming requirements. In Oklahoma, trade names should NOT include:

  • Any business entity suffix, such as LLC, Incorporated, Corp, etc., unless the business is actually an LLC, corporation, etc.
  • The words savings & loan, building & loan, savings association, and savings bank without approval.
  • Words that could confuse your company with a government agency (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.).

We recommend checking if your name is available as a web domain (URL). You might not plan on starting a business website today, but you may want to prevent others from acquiring your URL.

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Step 2. Register Your Oklahoma DBA

Your Oklahoma trade name can be filed online or by mail with the Secretary of State. You can file online with the Secretary of State’s website or you can complete the Trade Name Report form.

Some important sections of the form include:

  • Section 1: Trade name being registered
  • Section 3: Description of the business
  • Section 5: Type of business entity

A DBA does not offer any legal 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.

File an Oklahoma Trade Name

Option 1: File Online With the Secretary of State

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Option 2: File the Trade Name Report by Mail

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Cost:
$25 Filing Fee

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

Manage Your Oklahoma Trade Name

General Questions
Call the Oklahoma Secretary of State: (405) 522-2520

Renew Your Trade Name with the State
Your Oklahoma trade name does not need to be renewed.

Change Your Trade Name
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 the address below:

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

Withdraw Your Trade Name
You can cancel your trade name by filing a Withdrawal of Trade Name Report form. The fee is $25. You can either file the form online or mail it to the address below:

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

After Filing Your Oklahoma DBA

If filing a DBA marks the beginning of your business journey, then there are a few more steps that you should take before getting started:

  • Create your Business’s Website - Every business needs a website. Luckily, drag-and-drop builders like GoDaddy and Wix make the job quick and easy. Check out our Best Website Builder article to find the tool that’s best for you.
  • Get your Business Finances in Order - You’ll need to separate your business finances from your personal ones. This is accomplished by opening a business bank account. If your business has long lead times or other cash flow irregularities, you can also look into a business credit card.
  • Protect Your Business - While an LLC will help to protect your personal assets in the case of a lawsuit, your business’s assets also need protection. Having the right business insurance will ensure that you’re covered if the worst happens. Most businesses start with general liability insurance as their base coverage.

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DBA Oklahoma FAQ

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. Each one comes with additional incremental expenses and paperwork, meaning more is not necessarily better.

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 need one for your business, read our What is an EIN guide.

Can a DBA become an LLC?

No. An LLC is a business entity, while a DBA is just a name for a business.

Sole proprietorships are often confused with DBAs, but they are not the same: a sole proprietorship is a business entity, therefore it can choose to become an LLC.

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 a corporation.

How do I set up a DBA for a rental property?

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

When would it be good to get a DBA versus a legal name change?

Getting a DBA is often a better choice than changing your business’s legal name. If you want to rebrand your company or focus on another line of business, filing for a DBA is a simpler process than filing for a legal name change.

Is my DBA protected from being used in other places?

Some state-level laws prevent DBAs that are too similar to existing ones from being used, but this varies from state to state. It is possible to trademark a DBA, which would offer stronger protection across state lines.

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