Oregon Secretary of State Business Search & Registering Your LLC Name
We’re here to help you find the right business name for your Oregon LLC. From searching for a business name with the OR Secretary of State to understanding naming rules or creating a “Doing Business As” name to register your entity, you’re in the right place.
Oregon LLC Search in the State Business Registry
You need to check whether there’s already another Oregon LLC registered with your desired business name. That means searching the Oregon Secretary of State website using their business search tool. You can easily look up OR LLCs and corporations by name and other details. Using the tool is easy:
If the business name is already used, that means it’s not available and you won’t be able to register it. Try searching for a different business name instead.
Oregon Secretary of State business name search tool
Oregon Secretary of State Rules for Naming Your LLC
Once you’ve decided on a name for your LLC and checked business name availability, you’ll need to meet Oregon Secretary of State naming rules. These do vary from state to state — we’ve got general naming rules below, as well as naming rules specific to LLC businesses formed in OR.
General Rules for Naming Your LLC
These rules typically apply to all LLCs, no matter what state they are formed in. You will need to pay attention to these rules, as they will influence the name you choose for your Oregon LLC.
Your LLC Business Name Must Be Unique
The business name you have chosen cannot be used by any other LLC or corporation in the state of Oregon. This is why you should check business name availability on the OR SOS website.
Your LLC Business Name Must Not Be Confusable With Another Business Name
It’s not enough for your OR LLC name to be unique. It also cannot be similar to the name of a corporation or LLC in Oregon. For example, you cannot use the following factors to say your name is different from the name of another business:
Suffixes, such as Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp., Co., Inc., Ltd., LLC, etc.
Definite articles like “A,” “And,” “An,” “&,” “The,” etc.
The singular, plural or possessive forms of a word
Abbreviations, punctuation, symbols, fonts, typefaces, etc.
Your LLC Business Name Must Contain Certain Words
All LLCs must have the words “Limited Liability Company,” “L.L.C.” or “LLC” in their name. These words should normally come at the end of the name.
Your LLC Business Name May Have Other General Restrictions
Most states will not allow you to form LLCs with names that:
Are very similar to the name of a federal or OR agency or organization (e.g., FBI, FDA, Oregon Department of Revenue, Oregon Police, Treasury, etc.)
Suggest affiliation with a federal or state agency or organization
Use the term “Olympic” or any terms that are trademarks of the Olympic organization
Imply a purpose that it would be illegal for your business to carry out
Oregon LLC Assumed Names and “Doing Business As” (DBA) Names
You might choose to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In Oregon, doing business under a different name is known as an “Assumed” or “Doing Business As (DBA)” name. You might choose to use a different name from your OR formal LLC name for a variety of reasons.
For example, your LLC might be called Oregon Advanced Manufacturing and Processing LLC, and you have a section called “Factory Logistics and Tracking.” You should file a DBA/Assumed name to let the Oregon Secretary of State know. In Oregon, you do that through an “Assumed Business Name - New Registration” form, or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf through our Assumed Business Name service.
Incfile’s Assumed Business Name service
If you’re ready to start your Oregon LLC, you can formally file your Articles of Organization with the Oregon SOS, or let Incfile take care of it for you.
FAQs on Naming Your Oregon LLC
You might find the following answers useful.
How Do I Search for My Oregon LLC Business Name?
Just go to the business name search tool and enter your proposed business name. You can search the register of the Oregon Secretary of State, which will tell you if there are any OR corporations or LLCs with that name.
Are There Any Rules on Naming My Oregon LLC?
Yes. Most LLCs will be bound by general rules; we’ve detailed these rules above.
Can I Do Business Under a Different Name Than My LLC Name in Oregon?
Yes. Known as “assumed names,” “fictitious names,” “doing business as names” or “trade names,” you can choose to conduct business under a different name. Details are above.
Useful Resources for Naming Your Oregon LLC
You might find these resources helpful.
Trademarks and Service Marks
You must be careful that your Oregon LLC name does not infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to make sure your proposed business name does not infringe is to carry out a trademark search through Incfile. If it doesn’t infringe, you can even register it as a trademark yourself.
Incfile Trademark Search and Registration service
Find the Perfect Name for Your Oregon LLC
The perfect business name can be elusive. We have a complete guide to choosing the right business name, but basically, you'll want to choose a name that will:
Appeal to your customers
Be memorable enough to stand out
Best represent your product or services
Not be used by another business
Incfile guide to choosing a business name