Welcome to Start a Business’s guide to registering an entity in Oregon. Whether you are planning on filing for a corporation, a limited liability company or a partnership, we’ve got you covered. Our main page here should serve simply as a general guide to filing as the links found throughout this tutorial should provide you with the more in depth analysis needed to get up and running in this state. The Secretary of State has provided filers with the opportunity to file online, a registration method that we endorse as it enables for the immediate delivery of the requisite documentation and filing fee. Alternatively individuals may submit their filing forms through the mail by simply downloading and completing the PDF applications found linked throughout our pages. Scroll down to get started.
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Oregon Online Account
Creating an account with the Secretary of State is necessary when registering a business with the online filing system. It is a simple procedure that should only take a few minutes to maneuver. You will need to supply some personal information, as well as decide on a user name and password. If you are having trouble getting started, click here to view the tutorial we have provided and gain more information on the exact requirements necessary to create an account.
Search for a Name
Deciding what name your business will operate under is the first step you should take when considering registering an entity. The name you choose must be distinguishable from any others that are currently on file with the Secretary of State. For this reason, we recommend that you perform a Business Entity Search to ensure that the desired name for your business is currently available for use. You may also wish to utilize the search function to research the details of an entity already of file, specifically the business registry number that is used to file the mandatory annual reports.
How to Register in Oregon
Step 1- As previously mentioned above, it is imperative that you perform a Business Entity Search prior to registration. This search will allow you to view the status of all entities currently of file with the Secretary of State, providing you with a definitive answer as to the availability of your desired entity name. If you have decided on a name and would like to guarantee its availability upon registration, you may find filing a Name Reservation application beneficial. For a fee of $100, the name will be reserved for 120 days.
Step 2- Continue by either downloading the PDF files corresponding to your entity type or logging into the online filing system and beginning the registration process from your computer. Click the link below associated with your entity type to gain more information on the exact requirements.
- Domestic Profit Corporation
- Domestic Professional Service Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation
- Domestic Cooperative Corporation
- Foreign Profit Corporation
- Foreign Professional Service Corporation
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation
- Domestic Limited Partnership
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership
- Domestic Professional Service Limited Liability Partnership
- Foreign Limited Partnership
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnerships
Step 3- With the completion of your registration application, you will now need to gather the necessary certificates associated to your entity type. All businesses registering from out of state will be required to supply a certificate of good standing/existence from their home jurisdiction. Online applicants may provide a digital copy from their computer files in place of a physical document.
Step 4- The filing fees vary between entity types (fees listed below) and must be submitted by either a credit card (online) or by a check made out to the Corporation Division (mail). The registration for online applicants is concluded once payment has been made. Those applying through the mail must send their application, certificates (if any), and filing fee to the address below.
Secretary of State
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327
- Domestic Profit Corporation – $100
- Domestic Professional Service Corporation – $100
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation – $50
- Domestic Cooperative Corporation – $100
- Foreign Profit Corporation – $275
- Foreign Professional Service Corporation - $275
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation – $50
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
- Domestic Standard LLC – $100
- Domestic Professional Service LLC – $100
- Foreign Standard LLC – $275
- Domestic Limited Partnership – $100
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership – $100
- Domestic Professional Service Limited Liability Partnership – $100
- Foreign Limited Partnership – $275
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnerships – $275
If you have decided on a name for your business and are concerned about its availability upon registration, you may wish to file an Application for Name Reservation. This filing will guarantee the use of a desired entity name for up to 120 days prior to registration. The reservation process can be executed by downloading and completing the PDF application and mailing it to the Secretary of State. A fee of $100 will also be required in order for your application to be accepted. Before filing, we recommend that you perform a quick Business Entity Search to check the availability of your desired entity name.
Certificate of Existence
A Certificate of Existence, also called a certificate of good standing, is a government issued document that relays your business’s status to other organizations you may be dealing with. To apply for one, your entity must first be up to date with all filing fees and annual reports. You may request a certificate by downloading and completing the PDF file located here. A filing fee of $10 will be asked of you, which can be payed by supplying a credit card number directly on the application itself. Your completed application must be mailed to the address located below.
Secretary of State
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327
An agreement between the managing members of your entity can greatly fortify the organizational structure of your business. An agreement of this nature is an internal document set in place upon formation which will allow you to standardize any rules and regulations you may wish for your company to follow. These agreements will clearly define the roles and responsibilities of each member, the individual interest percentages, each member’s shares, any mandatory meeting times, and all other provisions you may wish to include. Though not legally required by law, we still recommended that you take a moment to review the free templates we have provided below, along with the aid of legal counsel, to see if implementing one into your business structure could be beneficial. Click on the link below corresponding to your entity type to find out more.
Employer Identification Number
Nearly all businesses will be required to obtain an Employer Identification Number upon acceptance of their registration documents. This number is a unique method of identification issued by the IRS for tax reporting purposes in similar fashion to a SSN. Once obtained, your entity will be legally able to hire employees, register for bank accounts, apply for loans, and perform a number of other business transactions all under the name of your entity. Some may require assistance through the filing process and for that reason we have supplied a tutorial located here. Within our guide you will find information on applying Online and through the mail with the PDF Form SS-4.