When forming an LLC business structure, you first need to file the Articles of Organization with the Oregon Secretary of State. This is a legal document that officially launches your new LLC into existence. After filing, the business can obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN), state tax number, open a bank account, and register for business licenses.
Some of the required information needed to complete the Certificate of Formation in Oregon includes:
- Your new company’s name. When filling out this information be sure to include the entity designator at the end of the business name. The allowed designator can be Limited Liability Company, L.L.C., or LLC.
If you haven’t verified already, be sure to do a name search with the Secretary of State to be sure the LLC name is available.
- will cease to exist, enter the date here. This is more common for investment-related entities.
- Address of the principal place of business. This may be, but is not required to be, the actual place of the business to the physical street address, or the main location where the business records are kept. A physical address must be used as P.O. Boxes are not acceptable.
- Name and address of your company’s registered agent. A registered agent is a party authorized to receive and accept service of process on behalf of your LLC. You may act as your registered agent or you may authorize an individual outside of the LLC or another company authorized by your state to act as a registered agent. The registered agent must use a physical street address in Oregon.
- Management of the LLC. In the articles of organization, you will need to indicate whether the management structure is either member-managed or manager-managed.
- Professional Services. If operating as a Professional LLC, which is an LLC that offers services that are licensed by the state, describe the services.
- Information about the LLC organizers. Include the name(s) of the initial organizers of the LLC (people helping with the formation of the entity). This is often the owner, but can be anyone.
The filing fee for the Articles of Organization is $100, plus an additional $100 for expedited service.
Mail the completed form to:
Secretary of State – Corporation Division
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327
In addition to the Articles of Organization, many LLCs will want to draft an operating agreement is an internal document outlining the governing structure and operating guidelines of the entity along with the responsibilities of the members.
Download the Oregon LLC Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State.