Oregon Business Licenses, Fees and Filing Requirements for LLCs
Some types of businesses have different requirements in Oregon, including related fees and costs. Your OR LLC needs to pay various fees to the federal government, Oregon government and other agencies. Some of these fees are levied by the Oregon Secretary of State or statewide organizations, while others come from the federal government. On this page, we’ve summarized the most common fees and requirements.
Note that Oregon business licenses and permits might need to be paid when you first form your business, on an ongoing schedule or on an ad hoc basis. Find more details below.
Oregon LLC Formation Costs & Filing
When you first incorporate your business in Oregon, you’ll need to file an LLC with the OR Secretary of State and pay an Oregon filing fee. Here are the current fees and filing times for Oregon:
When you form your LLC through Incfile, we automatically forward this fee to the Oregon Secretary of State when we file your incorporation paperwork.
Some states allow you to form your LLC more quickly by paying a rush fee. You can compare state filing times and fees here.Incorporate Your Oregon LLC Through Incfile Today
Getting an EIN/Tax ID for Your Oregon LLC
Every Oregon LLC should have a unique Employer Identification Number (EIN). These are provided by the Internal Revenue Service, and you use them when filing taxes, opening a business bank account and paying employees. You can get one yourself at no cost from the IRS or have Incfile obtain one on your behalf.Get an EIN for Your Oregon LLC Through Incfile
Certificate of Authority to Operate Outside Oregon
If you’re expanding your Oregon LLC beyond the borders of the state, you will need a Foreign Qualification or Certificate of Authority to operate in another state. These are typically necessary if you have a physical presence, employees or banking in a different state than Oregon. Fees and requirements for foreign qualifications depend on each state’s rules. Incfile provides a complete Foreign Qualification service for any state.Get a Foreign Qualification/Certificate of Authority Through Incfile
Oregon LLC Annual Reporting and Fees
Most states need to file an annual (or other periodic) report with their department of state. When you file your Oregon LLC annual report, you may need to pay a fee. Here are the annual filing requirements for Oregon:
Learn about your ongoing Oregon LLC filing requirements and business filing deadlines with our helpful Oregon ongoing filing lookup tool.
Incfile can also complete and file your Oregon Annual Report on your behalf.Incfile’s Oregon Annual Report Filing Service
Oregon Business Permits and Licenses
Your Oregon LLC may need certain licenses and permits to comply with specific requirements. These business permits and licenses might be issued by Oregon, regional or federal organizations. Some of the associated fees only need to be paid once, while others have ongoing charges.
Permits and licenses vary based on:
- The industry your Oregon LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
- The location of your Oregon LLC (state, county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Columbus)
- The type of business that you run (e.g., healthcare providers must meet HIPAA requirements)
You can research these permits and licenses yourself or use Incfile’s Business License Research Package, which includes:
- A complete report on all the licenses, permits and tax registrations your Oregon LLC will need
- The application forms you will need to file with the Oregon, regional and federal licensing authorities
Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from federal, Oregon and local governments.Incfile's Oregon Business License Research Package
An Operating Agreement for Your Oregon LLC
An Operating Agreement is a business document that covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas.
Oregon LLCs aren’t required to have an Operating Agreement, but they are extremely useful for several reasons (learn about them here ). If you’re interested in having your Operating Agreement created for you, Incfile can draft a general Operating Agreement template when you choose to form your Oregon business. You can choose to make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.
Ad Hoc Oregon Fees or Requirements for Your Oregon LLC
There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to meet during the life of your Oregon LLC. These ad hoc fees will only be payable in specific circumstances, which we’ve listed below.
To Get or Amend an Assumed Business Name/DBA Name
If you want your OR business to trade under a different name, you can file a form with the Oregon Secretary of State. You will need to pay an Oregon filing fee. Incfile can file this form on your behalf.Incfile's Oregon Fictitious Name Service
To Change the Oregon Resident Agent for Your Oregon LLC
Your Oregon LLC needs a Registered Agent. You need to appoint one when you first incorporate your LLC. You can also switch to a new Oregon Resident Agent later. Incfile provides a complete Oregon Resident Agent service.Incfile's Oregon Registered Agent Service
To Reserve a Name
If you don’t want to form your Oregon business right away, you can reserve a name with the Oregon Secretary of State. You will need to pay a small fee to do this.
To Amend Certain Facts About Your Oregon LLC
Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Oregon business when it was originally formed. Over time, these facts might change — if they do, you need to file a “Certificate of Amendment” with the Oregon Secretary of State. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf.
Areas you might want to file Oregon Articles of Amendment for include:
- Adding, removing or changing an Oregon LLC member or manager
- Changing the business address of your LLC
- Altering the stated business activities of your Oregon LLC
Oregon Certificates of Good Standing
Some organizations will request that you prove your Oregon LLC’s compliance with laws and tax requirements. If you need to prove you have met your commitments, you will need a “Certificate of Good Standing” from the Oregon Secretary of State. Incfile can obtain a certificate on your behalf.Incfile's Oregon Certificate of Good Standing Service
The fees listed above detail all the charges that a standard Oregon LLC will be required to pay. In some unusual circumstances, there may be other one-off, periodic or ad hoc fees not listed above.
Of course, your Oregon LLC will also probably need to pay self-employment, payroll, federal, state and sales taxes, but we will cover that when we talk about taxes for Oregon LLCs.
FAQs About Oregon LLC Fees
We charge you for this fee at cost and then pay the fee to the secretary of state on your behalf when forming your Oregon business.
It depends on various factors including:
- The type of business you run
- Where you are located
- Governing organizations in your industry
- Federal, state and local regulations
That’s why our Business License Research Package is so useful. It explores all of these areas for you and provides a comprehensive overview of exactly what your Oregon LLC needs to be compliant.