How to Start an LLC in Oregon

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Registering an LLC takes preparation.
Registering an LLC takes preparation. (Image: business image by peter Hires Images from Fotolia.com)

A limited liability company, or LLC, is a legal business structure in Oregon that combines the flexibility of a partnership with the legal protections of a corporation. The owners of an LLC are called “members” and may also manage the company. In Oregon, the Secretary of State processes all new business registrations and renewals. You can file an application online, by courier drop-off or in person. You must be at least 18 years old to form an LLC in Oregon.

Things You'll Need

  • List of members’ names and addresses
  • Name of new company
  • Name and address of registered agent
  • Credit card, if filing online
  • Check, if filing by courier or by mail
  • Envelope, if filing by mail

Prepare the Information

Read the “How to Start a Business in Oregon” guide on the Secretary of State’s website. This provides legal information specific to Oregon laws and gives helpful advice to business owners.

Decide who will be the members of the LLC. Members are similar to the shareholders of a corporation or the partners of a partnership. Members can also be managers of the LLC.

Choose a name for your business that is not already registered in Oregon. According to the Oregon Revised Statutes--Chapter 63, it must include LLC or “Limited Liability Company” as part of the name. Check the online business name registry from the Secretary of State to be sure no one else is using that name.

Pick a person or other business, such as a law office, to act as your registered agent. This agent must be able to accept mail and legal summons at a street address in Oregon. You cannot use a P.O. Box for this address.

File the Application

Decide if you want to file documents online, by courier drop-off or by mail. Filing online is the quickest method and you will get confirmation by the next business day. Filing by courier is the next quickest. Filing by mail takes the most time--all U.S. Postal Service mail is sent to a central facility, not the specific location.

File the application online, by courier or by mail.
File the application online, by courier or by mail. (Image: Papers image by GHz from Fotolia.com)

Complete the application at the State of Oregon Central Business Registry if you want to file online. Use the “Help” button at each step if you are not sure how to fill in the blanks. Pay the filing fee with a credit card at the end of the application.

Print out and complete the application form on the business registration page of the Oregon Secretary of State if you want to file by courier drop-off. Enclose a check for the required filing fee. Send to the Public Service Counter address via FedEx, UPS or similar delivery service, not through the U.S. Postal Service.

Print out and complete the application form on the business registration page of the Oregon Secretary of State if you want to file by mail. Enclose a check for the required filing fee. Send to the Public Service Counter address via regular or express mail through the U.S. Postal Service.

Check the online business name registry for your confirmation and business registration number. Online and courier registrations are processed within one business day. Registrations by mail may take up to two weeks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult a lawyer if you're not sure an LLC is the best structure for your business.
  • According to Oregon law, the information you provide on the business registration form is considered a public record and is posted online.

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