Steps to Pay Your Oregon Filing Fees
- Pay your Oregon business’s initial filing fees
- Reserve your Oregon business’s name
- Reserve a “doing business as” name in Oregon
- Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN)
- Draft an operating agreement, corporate bylaws, or partnership agreement for your Oregon business
- Apply for your Oregon business’s necessary licenses and permits
- Pay registration fees for out-of-state businesses
- Check Oregon’s annual report requirements and fees
- Keep your Oregon business legally compliant
Whether you’re a new or experienced Oregon business owner, you’re probably already aware of the costs of setting up and running a business. Some of the costs are one-time, and others are ongoing. Setting up limited liability companies (LLCs) and corporations may require you to pay one-time formation filing fees. Other business types, like sole proprietorships (also called “common law” business structures), don’t require paying formation fees but require ongoing license and permit fees.
Starting a business in Oregon means paying a variety of filing fees to various sources. If this sounds scary, don’t worry. We’ll go over the types of fees you’re most likely to encounter as an Oregon business owner, and show you how we can help.
Step 1: Pay your Oregon business’s initial filing fees
To form a new statutory entity like an LLC or corporation, you’ll have to pay a one-time Oregon formation filing fee. Filing fees vary by business type in Oregon. The Oregon Secretary of State has a full list of forms and required fees, but if you’re looking to form a state-registered business entity you can expect to pay filing fees.
If you’re just starting out in business in Oregon you’ll probably want to get your business registered as soon as possible. It typically takes up to three weeks to register a statutory business if done online or by mail. You can request expedited filing for a small additional fee. Registering your business can be done within one business day if done in person. Make sure to confirm with the Secretary of State’s office that your preferred filing method and timing is available.
We can help your Oregon business get registered fast with our Expedited Filing Service. We’ve helped many Oregon business owners just like you do what they need to do to file their formation papers quickly.
Step 2: Reserve your Oregon business’s name
Your business’s name is how you’ll be recognized for the life of your Oregon business. It’s important to reserve your business’s name as soon as you know what you want to name your company. Oregon will allow you to reserve a name for your statutory business for a set period of time for a small fee.
You can reserve a name for up to 120 days by sending a form to the Secretary of State’s office. We can also do this for you using our easy Business Name Reservation Service. We’re able to check the availability of a name and take action to reserve it for you so you can focus on your business.
Step 3: Reserve a “doing business as” name in Oregon
A “doing business as” (DBA) name is needed when your company operates under a name that’s not your legal name or the business’s registered name. In Oregon, this is also called an “assumed business name” (ABN). Oregon charges a fee to reserve your assumed business name and strongly recommends that you reserve and register your ABN. You’ll need to renew this every two years.
The Secretary of State provides a form to help businesses register their ABN with the state, and registration can help businesses withstand any legal challenges to the names they do business under. Register your DBA name today.
Step 4: Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Getting an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for your company is similar to obtaining a social security number for your business. You’ll need one to open bank accounts, pay taxes, and transact basically any kind of business. An EIN is issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The EIN is free to obtain online, but we have an EIN service that can do it for you.
Step 5: Draft an operating agreement, corporate bylaws, or partnership agreement for your Oregon business
As an Oregon business owner, you’re not required to file your company’s operating agreement with the state. However, documents like operating agreements, corporate bylaws, and other agreements can be key to a well-functioning business. Savvy business owners all over Oregon have used our Operating Agreement Template to help draft this key document with peace of mind that they’re getting quality drafting at a great price. Our template allows you to customize our template business document to your business’s needs.
Step 6: Apply for your Oregon business’s necessary licenses and permits
Business license and permit fees are some of the main ongoing fees that Oregon business owners pay during the life of their business. Oregon doesn’t require you to have a general business license. However, you might need a variety of different federal, state, and local licenses to operate.
Researching each possible license can be challenging, not to mention incredibly time consuming. Our Business License Report Service can help you find what licensing you need to get started and grow.
Step 7: Pay registration fees for out-of-state businesses
A “foreign” business is simply a business formed under the laws of a state other than Oregon. If a foreign business wants to do business within the State of Oregon, they typically need to register in Oregon (including paying applicable fees and providing all required information).
If you’re already a fully formed Oregon business and you want to expand into other states, you’ll probably need to gather some Oregon paperwork to do so. You’ll likely need to get a Certificate of Good Standing, which is called a Certificate of Existence in Oregon. Being able to obtain a Certificate of Existence lets others know that your business has complied with state legal requirements. Our Certificate of Good Standing Service can help you obtain your Certificate from the state.
Step 8: Check Oregon’s annual report requirements and fees
Oregon businesses need to file an annual report on the anniversary date of their business formation each year. Keeping up with the filing deadlines can be difficult, especially if you’re a new business owner. Our Annual Report Service can help Oregon business owners easily keep track of their reporting obligations.
Step 9: Keep your Oregon business legally compliant
When you make certain changes to your public business information, you may need to file amendment paperwork with the State of Oregon. These changes can include:
- Changing registered agent
- Making material changes to your ownership structure
- Changing certain material facts in your business formation materials
- Changing the business name
- Changing the business address
You’ll have to pay filing fees when you file amendments. The fee amounts depend on the filing you make. We have an Amendment Service to help you stay on top of your amendment obligations as well as our Worry-Free Compliance Service, which includes two amendments every year (we do the work; you only pay the filing fees).
We’re here to help you with your Oregon business’s needs
Owning a business should be about doing the work that you love, not about filling out paperwork. Our business formation and compliance services can make staying on top of your obligations easy.
Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.
- Are there penalties for paying my fees late in Oregon?
In some cases, there may be. In other cases, your licenses or permits may simply lapse.
- What happens if I can’t pay my fees to the Oregon government?
Check with the Secretary of State and local business resources. They may be able to connect you with assistance for small business owners. If you still can’t pay, you may lose your registrations and licenses.
- Who receives the fees for forming my Oregon business?
You pay formation fees to the Secretary of State.
- What is usually the biggest fee I will pay when I form my Oregon business?
It depends upon what kind of business entity you’re forming and what kind of business you’re doing. Typically, formation fees are the largest fees.
- What payment methods can I use to pay my LLC or corporation filing fees to the Oregon government?
You can pay by cash, check, or credit card. However, check with the agency where you’re making a payment.