How to file a Trade Name with the Oklahoma Secretary of State


A trade name is what many people refer to as a “DBA”. That is, any name that you or your business does business under other than the one registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. You can find out a bit more about trade names here.

I am going to show you how to register a trade name in Oklahoma. The only cost is the $25.00 fee you pay to the Oklahoma Secretary of State.

Step 1 – Download the Trade Name Report form here.

Step 2 – Trade Name under which the business is carried on. Insert the name which you use or want to use that is different than your business’s legal name.

Step 3 – Address. Insert your business address.

Step 4 – Legal name of the “business entity” doing business under the trade name. A business or person must claim ownership of the trade name. Insert the name of your business or your own name in this blank.

Step 4 – Brief description of the kind of business carried on under the trade name.

Step 5 – Type of business entity. Find the type of entity you have and check the appropriate box.

Step 6 – Signature Block. The choices here are either “Business Entity Acknowledgment” or “Corporation Acknowledgment” If you have a corporation, sign in the “Corporation” section, if you have anything else, including a limited liability company or you are signing as an individual, sign in the “Business Entity” section.

Step 7 – Send in Report. After the Trade Name Report is completed and signed, mail it to the Oklahoma Secretary of state with a check for $25.00. The mailing address for the Oklahoma Secretary of State is:

Business Filing Department
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 101
Oklahoma City OK 73105-4897

Posted by Shawn Roberts

On this blog, I write about and try to answer practical Oklahoma legal questions. My focus and most experience is in estate planning and business issues including Oklahoma non-compete law. I make a living as an attorney in the law firm I founded, Shawn J. Roberts, P.C. in Oklahoma City. I live in Edmond with my wife Amy and my two children, Sam (19) and David (11). We live precisely in the path of where the "wind comes sweeping down the plains."