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Start an LLC in Oregon

Use our free business tools below to complete your Oregon LLC Articles of Organization. This is the document you file directly with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Corporations Division to form your LLC.

If you want more, hire us to form your LLC in Oregon for just $39 + state fees. We’ll get your business stood up in minutes with a free domain, website, email, business phone, and more.

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How to Create an LLC in Oregon

To start an LLC in Oregon, you’ll need to follow these three steps: name your business, select an Oregon registered agent, and file formation paperwork along with the $100 state filing fee. But to remain compliant and ensure your LLC’s legal bases are covered, you’ll need to do a bit more.

Below, we take you through what’s required to start your LLC in Oregon and keep it running smoothly.

1. Name Your LLC

Naming your business is the first step of your LLC formation journey. The rules, spelled out in OR. Rev. Stat. § 63.04.9, say your LLC’s name must:

  • Include “limited liability company,” “L.L.C.,” or “LLC.”
  • Not include words or abbreviations that suggest it’s another kind of entity, like “corp” or “limited partnership.”
  • Be one-of-a-kind among business names in Oregon.

If you have a great name in mind and are ready to form, check to see if it’s available. Not yet ready to form? You can reserve your business name for 120 days.

How much does it cost to file for a DBA in Oregon?

It costs $50 to register a doing business as name (DBA) with the Oregon Secretary of State. A DBA, sometimes called an assumed business name, is any name you do business under other than your LLC’s legal name.

Learn how to obtain an Oregon DBA.

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2. Designate a Registered Agent

All LLCs in Oregon are required to have a registered agent. This is someone (yourself, another individual, or a company like us) designated to accept legal mail on behalf of your business. You’ll need to have your registered agent’s name and address ready before you fill out your Articles of Organization.

The requirements for a registered agent in Oregon are outlined in OR. Rev. Stat. § 63.111. In addition to accepting legal mail on your behalf, your registered agent must:

  • Have a physical address in Oregon. (No P.O. boxes or virtual offices allowed.)
  • Keep regular business hours.

Learn why the pros use a registered agent service.

Can I be my own registered agent in Oregon?

Yes. You can be your own registered agent in Oregon as long as you don’t mind listing your name and address on the public record. You’ll have to keep regular business hours at this address and be available to accept legal mail in person.

Can I change my registered agent after I start an LLC?

Yes. You can change your registered agent in Oregon anytime by filing the Change of Registered Agent/Office form with the Secretary of State. Changing your registered agent in Oregon is free.

3. Submit LLC Articles of Organization

To officially create your Oregon LLC, you’ll need to complete a form called Articles of Organization. If you don’t submit this form to the Oregon Secretary of State and pay the $100 filing fee, your business cannot become an LLC. All of the information on this form will become part of the public record.

To complete the Articles, you’ll need to provide the following information:

  • Company Name. Include an indicator like “LLC.”
  • Duration. Check a box to signify whether your LLC has a known end date or not.
  • Principal Office. The physical street address where primary business operations occur.
  • Registered Agent. The person or company designated to accept service of process on behalf of your LLC.
  • Registered Office. The physical address in Oregon where your registered agent is present during business hours.
  • Mailing Address. You can use a P.O. box if you want.
  • Management Structure. Indicate whether your LLC will be managed by members or managers.
  • Professional Services. This is only for PLLCs (LLCs that provide a state-licensed service like law or medicine).
  • Optional Provisions. Anything you’d like to add goes here. For example: check the box to make your LLC a benefit company and attach supporting documents.
  • Organizer. Whoever is preparing and signing the document.
  • Member Names and Addresses. Members are your LLC’s owners. This step is optional.
  • Manager Names and Addresses. Managers are people hired to run your LLC. This step is optional.
  • Individual with Direct Knowledge. This is a member, manager, or someone else who knows what your business is up to.
  • Contact Name and Phone Number. If there’s a problem with your filing, the Oregon Secretary of State will reach out to this person.

How much does it cost to set up an LLC in Oregon?

It costs $100 to file Articles of Organization and set up your LLC in Oregon.

How long does it take to form an LLC in Oregon?

Oregon can take anywhere from a day to a week to process your LLC filing once they receive your Articles of Organization. Processing speed depends on how you file.

How do I file the Oregon Articles of Organization?

You can submit your Articles online, by mail, or in person.

Mail and in person:
Secretary of State – Corporation Division
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

Online:
Oregon Business Registry

How can I keep my personal information off the public record?

All names, addresses, and phone numbers you list on the Articles of Organization will be readily available online, making it easier for junk mail to find you and your information to be sold.

Hire us and we’ll list our business address everywhere we can on this form so you can keep your address private. It’s the most effective way to guard your privacy when forming an LLC.

Your Oregon LLC Is Formed. What's Next?

Write an LLC Operating Agreement

An operating agreement is an internal document that specifies, in detail, how your business will be run. It’s the nitty gritty—how much each member invested, how profits and losses are allocated, how voting works, how membership is transferred, and how your LLC will handle disputes.

Contact a lawyer or use our free Oregon LLC Operating Agreement Template.

Does Oregon require an LLC to have an operating agreement?

Oregon doesn’t legally require your LLC to have an operating agreement. That said, it’s vital for your LLC to have a solid operating agreement in writing. Without one, your business will be required to operate according to Oregon’s default LLC statutes.

What should be included in an operating agreement?

A solid operating agreement explains how the business will handle “big picture” situations—everything from allocating profits to dissolving the business. Common topics covered by operating agreements include:

  • Initial investments
  • Profits, losses, and distributions
  • Voting rights, decision-making powers, and management
  • Dissolving the business

Does a single-member LLC need an operating agreement?

Yes. You might not need an operating agreement to navigate a disagreement with yourself, but you’ll need an operating agreement to open a bank account and to help maintain your LLC’s limited liability.

Get an EIN, Bank Account & Funding

Your Oregon LLC needs money to operate. Yes, it’s true. And to maintain limited liability and keep the LLC separate from it’s members, you’ll need to open a business bank account. To do so, you’ll also need to get an EIN (unless you have a single-member LLC and don’t mind giving out your social security number).

Once your business bank account is formed, it’s time to fund the LLC. Each member should make an initial contribution to pay for their membership interest (percentage of LLC ownership).

How do I get an EIN in Oregon?

You can apply for an EIN directly from the IRS for free. Applying online is the fastest way to get an EIN, but you’ll have to use the paper form if you don’t have a social security number.

When you hire us to form your Oregon LLC, you can have us apply for your EIN as well.

File Taxes & Reports

Oregon LLCs need to be aware of their tax and reporting obligations. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Taxes: LLCs in Oregon with default tax classification are taxed as pass-through entities. This means that profits “pass through” the LLC itself and are distributed to the owners (members), who then report the profits as earnings on their personal tax filings. Profits are subject to the federal self-employment tax rate (15.3%).
  • Annual Reports: Submitted to the Secretary of State, annual reports ensure the state has updated information on who owns your LLC and how to get in touch with your business. The Oregon annual report costs $100 to file. Tired of paperwork? Let us file your annual report for you.
  • BOI Report: Most Oregon LLCs need to complete an additional filing at the federal level. This is a new requirement as of 2024 called the Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Report. The BOI Report requires you to disclose identifying information about your company applicant and all beneficial owners to FinCEN. For just $9, hire us to file for you.

Do Oregon LLCs have to file an annual report?

Yes. In Oregon, annual reports are due on the anniversary of when you first filed your Articles of Organization.

How are LLCs taxed in Oregon?

LLCs in Oregon are taxed as pass-through entities by default, but they can file paperwork with the IRS to be taxed as an S-corp or C-corp instead.

Learn more about S-Corp vs LLC tax designation.

How do I file the BOI Report?

You can file the BOI report online using the BOI E-Filing System. Filing this report is free.

Will I need to update the BOI Report?

Yes. If you change any information listed on your BOI Report, such as the LLC’s name or business address, you’ll need to file an updated report within 30 days. Updating your report is free through the BOI E-Filing System.

Are there exemptions from the BOI Report?

Yes, there are 23 classes of exemption from the BOI Report, including:

  • Large operating companies
  • Most financial companies, such as banks and credit unions
  • Investment companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Insurance companies registered with a state or federal agency
  • Public utilities companies registered with a state or federal agency
  • Tax-exempt entities

 

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