Overview of How to Change Registered Agents in Oklahoma:
File a Change or Designation of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office Form
Filing a Change or Designation of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office form with the Oklahoma Secretary of State is the simplest — and least expensive — way to change your registered agent.
This can be done online or by mail.
Recommended: Submit a Change of Registered Agent Form Online
You can complete and submit a Change or Designation of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office form online via the Oklahoma Secretary of State. The steps for this process include:
- Log in to the website
- Select “Start New”
- Enter your company’s filing number or search for its name
- Select your company
- Select “File a Document”
- Select “Change or Designation of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office”
- Complete and submit the form along with payment
Submit a Change or Designation of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office Form by Mail or In Person
To submit a Change or Designation of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office form by mail or in person, first, download the form from the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s website and then fill it out. Oklahoma has different forms for different business structure types:
- Oklahoma Corporation
- Foreign Corporation
- Oklahoma Limited Liability Company (LLC)
- Foreign LLC
- Oklahoma Limited Partnership (LP)
- Foreign LP
Submit the form to:
Oklahoma Secretary of State
421 N.W. 13th Street, Suite 210
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
You can pay this fee by check, money order, or credit card (online).
File the Amended Articles
While not recommended, this is an option you can choose to change your registered agent.
Filing Oklahoma Amended Articles to your company’s formation document can change your registered agent. However, it costs a minimum of $50 to file this document, making this the most expensive option.
If you have other amendments to make to your business registration in addition to changing your registered agent, making all those changes on Amended Articles could be a good option. If you only want to change your registered agent, you’re better off using one of the other options mentioned above.
Why Change Registered Agents?
A company might want to change its registered agent for several reasons, such as:
- Changing From an Individual Agent to a Registered Agent Service: While individuals may act as registered agents (including a company’s own executives or employees), they’ll be publicly listed in the state’s database. Some people may consider this an intrusion into their privacy. Registered agents also must be available in their office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday, which could be an inconvenience. Changing to a registered agent service solves these issues.
- Expanding Business Into New States: Limited liability companies (LLCs), corporations, and other formal business structures must have a registered agent for each state in which they do business. Not all registered agents have the capability to serve as a registered agent in every state. Some businesses prefer to have the same registered agent for each state rather than several different ones.
- Customer Satisfaction: Whether it’s about price, customer service, or the quality of the work, some changes happen simply because a business isn’t happy with its current registered agent.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can be a registered agent in Oklahoma?
A company or person over the age of 18 located in Oklahoma can serve as a registered agent, including individuals in your company. The only exception to this is that a company can’t serve as a registered agent for itself.
Can anyone be a registered agent?
Anyone can be a registered agent as long as they: are at least 18 years old, have a physical address in Oklahoma, and are always available during regular business hours at that address.
Can I be my own registered agent in Oklahoma?
Yes, you can be your own registered agent in Oklahoma if you:
- Are 18 years or older
- Have a physical address in Oklahoma
- Are always available during normal business hours to receive service of process in person
Note that this applies to you as an individual serving as the registered agent for the company. A company can’t serve as its own registered agent.
What does a registered agent do?
Registered agents help keep your business compliant by maintaining up-to-date paperwork. They also are in charge of accepting official correspondence on behalf of your business, such as paperwork from the state and federal government, tax forms, and legal notices.
How much does it cost to change my registered agent in Oklahoma?
It costs $25 to change your Oklahoma registered agent when filing a Change or Designation of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office form with the Secretary of State.
How much does an Oklahoma registered agent cost?
A professional registered agent service typically costs between $50 and $300 per year. If you choose to serve as your own registered agent, there is no cost.
What form do you file to change a registered agent in Oklahoma?
You can change an Oklahoma registered agent by filing a Change or Designation of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office form with the Secretary of State.
Should I be my own registered agent?
You may serve as your own registered agent if you meet certain conditions. Some small business owners choose to do this instead of hiring a third party or appointing someone else.
But, because this position comes with extra responsibilities and potential inconveniences, many business owners decide it’s better for them to appoint another person or a professional service to act as their registered agent. You should weigh the pros and cons of each option and decide which is best for you and your business.