How to Register a DBA in Oregon


A DBA ("Doing Business As") is required in most U.S. states for individuals and entities that wish to conduct business under a trade name without incorporating. For example, if you want to open a business called Randy's Coins and Stamps, you will need to register the store name before you can begin transacting business. To open a business in the state of Oregon, you must acquire a DBA.

Check the availability of your desired DBA. To legally obtain a DBA in Oregon, you must ensure that the name has not already been registered by another party. Search business names in the "Business Registry" section of the Oregon Secretary of State website. Just click the "Business Name Search" link and enter your desired name. If you cannot register your desired DBA, think of a different name.

Visit the Oregon secretary of state's office in Salem to register in person. If you would prefer to register online, visit the State of Oregon Central Business Registry website.

Obtain the Assumed Business Name Registration form. You can get a physical copy of the form from the secretary of state's office, you can print out a copy of the form at home and mail it to the provided address, or you can fill out the form online.

Fill out the Assumed Business Name Registration form. You must enter your name as well as your partners' names (if applicable), the desired DBA name, the nature of your business, the address of your business, the county or counties in which you wish to conduct business and the signatures of you and your partner(s).

Submit the processing fee. If applying in person, you can provide the clerk with a check. If submitting online, you can pay using a credit card. If mailing your form, you can include a check in the envelope. As of April 2011, the processing fee is $55, plus an additional $5 if you wish to receive a confirmation copy. If mailing your form, use the address at the very top of the page, beneath the words "Assumed Business Name - New Registration."

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