Q: I’m looking to get a DBA in Oregon. Can you help me?
Thank you to a customer in Oregon for that great question! Registering a DBA name for your Oregon business is like creating a nickname for your business. To get a DBA in Oregon, you’ll need to file an Assumed Business Name – New Registration form with the Secretary of State. Here’s how you get a DBA for your Oregon business.
What is an Oregon DBA?
Oregon refers to DBAs as “assumed business names,” but they’re the same thing. The legal name for your business is the one you registered with the state when filing formation documents. An assumed business name allows you to do business without using your registered business name. Think of an assumed business name as a nickname for your business. It’s important to understand that an assumed business name does not protect your business like the legal structure of a corporation or LLC. LLCs and corporations create legal separation between you and the business, which is what helps protect personal assets in the event of a lawsuit or bankruptcy.
Why Get an Assumed Business Name in Oregon?
Assumed business names can be used for any number of reasons. Here are two of the most popular:
You’re a sole proprietor. Sole proprietors do business under their own names, which can mean a lot less privacy in a world full of hackers and scammers. Using your own name for your business can also mean your business won’t look as professional to potential client. Registering an assumed business name allows sole proprietors to operate their business under a more business-friendly name. With an assumed business name, Joe Smith Plumbing can now operate as Plug-a-Leak Plumbing, business cards and all!
You’re business is expanding. As your business grows, you just might come across opportunities that will allow you to reach a new audience. If your crypto company sees an opportunity with cyber security, you can register an assumed business name instead of having to register a new LLC or corporation with Oregon. This means that you can invest in a new business idea, without having to file new registration documents, pay extra registration fees, deal with new annual reports, or even going through the trouble of getting a new EIN.
How do I get an Assumed Business Name?
To start, you’ll need to make sure the name you want is available. Check with Oregon’s Business Name Registry to make sure no other business is using it. Next you’ll need to file the Assumed Business Name – New Registration form, either online, by mail, or in person. Registering an assumed business name in Oregon costs $50, and is good for two years, at which point you will need to renew your name.
Mail and in person:
Secretary of State – Corporation Division
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327
Assumed Business Name Registration
How long will it take for me to get my assumed business name?
Online and in person registration is the fastest option, usually taking about five business days for your name to be approved. Mailed documents will take a bit longer.
More questions about DBAs? Check out Northwest’s guide on How to Get a DBA for Your Business.