Business Information

Resources for all Businesses

​​​Starting/Closing a Business

Starting a business: Steps to starting a business

Closing a business: Dissolving your business

Business Publications: Guides for starting a business

Business Names and Trademarks: Register a business name or a trademark. What’s the difference?

Business Resources

​Answers to Business Registration Questions: Frequently asked questions and answers for your business.
Business Laws & Rules: Laws and rules for business, notary and UCC​

Prevent & Detect Business Identity: Protect your business from identity theft

Business Privacy Alternatives: Alternatives to using your home address for registry

Government Databases: Commonly requested online Oregon business databases

Scam Alert: Protect yourself from misleading solicitations

Laws and Rules

​Below are Oregon laws and rules we administer. Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) are maintained by the Administration Division of the Oregon Legislature. Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) are maintained by the Archives Division

Corporation Division

Duties of Secretary of State  ORS Chapter 56

Oregon Administrative Rules

Procedural Rules  OAR 160.001

Fees and Refunds OAR 160.005 

Business Registration Laws (Oregon Revised Statutes)

Assumed Business Names ORS Chapter 648

Professional Corporations ORS Chapter 58

Business Corporations ORS Chapter 60

Cooperative Corporations ORS Chapter 62

Limited Liability Companies ORS Chapter 63

Nonprofit Corporations   ORS Chapter 65

Limited Liability Partnerships   ORS Chapter 67

Limited Partnerships ORS Chapter 70

Business Trusts ORS Chapter 128

District Improvements   ORS Chapter 554

Trade and Service Marks ORS Chapter 647

Oregon Administrative Rules

Business Registry Rules OAR 160.010 

Notary Public L​aws (Oregon Revised Statutes)

Notary Public Laws ORS Chapter 194

Oregon Administrative Rul​es

Notary Public Administrative Rules   OAR 160.100

UCC Laws (Oregon Revised Statutes)

UCC Financing Statements ORS Chapter 79

EFS (Effective Financing Statement) ORS Chapter 80

Agricultural and IRS Liens ORS Chapter 87

Employment Warrants ORS Chapter 657.394 and 657.542

Revenue Warrants ORS Chapter 305.182

Hazardous Waste Liens ORS Chapter 466.205 and 466.835 

Oregon Administrative Rul​es

UCC Financing Statements OAR 160.040

EFS and Statutory Liens OAR 160.050

Additional Laws of Interest

This section of the Oregon Laws and Rules is provided for your convenience. The Corporation Division does not administer these chapters of Oregon law, and is not able to answer questions related to them.

Bank Deposits and Collections ORS Chapter 74
Food Security Act – The federal legislation covering the Central Farm Products Filing program.
Funds Transfers ORS Chapter 74A
General Provisions for Uniform Commercial Code ORS Chapter 71
Investment Securities ORS Chapter 78
Leases ORS Chapter 72A
Letters of Credit ORS Chapter 75
Negotiable Instruments ORS Chapter 73
Public and Private Records; Public Reports and Meetings ORS Chapter 192
Sales ORS Chapter 72
Uniform Partnership Law ORS Chapter 68
Unlawful Trade Practices ORS Chapter 646
Warehouse Receipts, Bills of Lading and Other Documents of Title ORS Chapter 77