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Forming an LLC in Oregon

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So, you've decided to start a business in Portland and, after reviewing the different options for business structures, you think that a limited liability company (LLC) is the best fit. In order to properly start an LLC, you'll have to comply with the requirements set forth under Oregon law. Similar to other states, in order to form an Oregon LLC, you need to file articles of organization with the Oregon Secretary of State. The articles must include:

  • The name of the LLC;
  • The full address of the LLC's initial registered office and the name of the registered agent at that office;
  • A mailing address, if different from the LLC's address;
  • If the LLC will be managed by managers (instead of by its members), a statement to that effect;
  • The name and address of the organizer(s);
  • A statement that its existence is perpetual or the date at which the LLC will dissolve; and
  • If the LLC will provide professional services, then the services that will be provided.

You can get the forms you need to get your business registered in the state with FindLaw's Oregon LLC Formation Package.

Forming an LLC in Oregon: An Overview

While reading a statute for yourself is important, it can be equally important to read an overview of the statute -- in plain English. In the following table, you can find a helpful overview of how to start an LLC in Oregon, as well as links to relevant statutes.

Statute(s) Oregon Revised Statutes, Title 7, Chapter 63, Section 63.001, et seq. (Limited Liability Companies)
Step-by-Step Process of Forming an LLC

In order to form an LLC in Oregon, you need to take the following steps:

  1. Choose a business name that's available and includes "Limited Liability Company," "LLC," or "L.L.C."
  2. File the articles of organization with the Oregon Secretary of State and pay the required filing fee.
  3. Appoint a registered agent, with a physical address in Oregon, who will accept legal papers on behalf of the LLC.
  4. Comply with applicable Oregon business tax requirements.
State Agency in Charge of LLC Formation

The Oregon Secretary of State is the government agency in charge of business organizations in the state.

Related Statute(s)

Oregon Revised Statutes, Title 7. Corporations and Partnerships

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Forming an LLC in Oregon: Related Resources

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Have Questions About Forming an LLC in Oregon? Talk to an Attorney

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