Registered Agents and Your Oregon LLC

The Oregon Secretary of State requires every OR LLC to have a Registered Agent, also referred to as a registered Agent. Once you have assigned an Oregon registered Agent, they can receive official correspondence and documents on behalf of your OR business. registered Agents can be individuals or other specialized Registered/registered Agent service businesses.

Your LLC must have an Oregon registered Agent at all times. You can appoint a registered Agent when you first start your business. You can also replace your existing OR registered Agent at a later date, provided there is a smooth transition between the old and new registered Agent service.

What the Oregon SOS Says About Registered Agents

Here’s some important information from the Oregon Secretary of State on OR Registered Agent services.

“A registered agent is an individual or a business entity located at a physical street address in Oregon, whose sole responsibility is to accept legal documents (service of process, lawsuits, liens, subpoenas, etc.) on behalf of the business. An entity cannot designate itself as its own registered agent.
The registered office is the physical street address where the registered agent is located during normal business hours. The registered office address may be the same as the business' place of business. The registered office address must be a physical street address located in Oregon.
The registered office address is where the Corporation Division mails correspondence, renewal and late notices, unless a separate mailing address for the business is provided.​​”

Rules for Oregon Registered Agents

There are certain rules that you must follow when you’re appointing an Oregon Registered Agent service for your business. They are:

  • If the Registered Agent is a person, they must reside in Oregon.
  • If the Registered Agent is a business, they must be able to conduct business in Oregon.
  • The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Oregon, not a P.O. Box.
  • The Registered Agent must be available in person during normal business hours to sign for any correspondence.

Note that the Registered Agent address does not need to be the same as your Oregon LLC business address.

The Purpose of an Oregon Registered Agent

What can you expect from your Oregon Registered Agent? Their main function is to accept official documents from the OR Secretary of State. This includes:

  • Correspondence from the Oregon Secretary of State
  • Service of process notices (e.g., if your OR LLC is sued or required to appear in court)
  • Official Oregon state and federal government correspondence and notifications
  • Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports

The Incfile Registered Agent Service for Oregon LLCs

Incfile provides a complete Oregon Registered Agent service for any LLC that’s incorporated in OR. Even better, if you choose to incorporate your Oregon business through Incfile, your Registered Agent is completely free for the first year and only $119 a year after that.

Incfile is authorized to conduct business in Oregon and can legally act as your Registered Agent.

Here’s what the Incfile Oregon Registered Agent service provides for your OR LLC:

  • An always-available Oregon Registered Agent who can receive correspondence, documents and legal proceedings on your LLC’s behalf
  • A digital dashboard where you can access, store and retrieve any information we’ve received for your Oregon business
  • Email notification whenever we receive documents for your business
  • Automatic forwarding of all legal correspondence, documentation and information directly to you

How to Appoint an Oregon Registered Agent for Your LLC

You can appoint a Registered Agent when you first incorporate your Oregon LLC or at any point after that. Here’s how to go about it.

Assign Your Oregon Registered Agent When You Form Your LLC

Your business needs to have an Oregon Registered Agent Service as soon as it’s formed. You can achieve this through one of the following methods.

File Certificate of Organization with the Oregon Secretary of State

You will need to include details of your Registered Agent in your Certificate of Organization. This is the form that you file with the OR Secretary of State to formally create your business.

Incorporate Through Incfile and Get a Free Oregon Registered Agent

When you incorporate through us, we complete and file your Articles of Organization based on the information you've provided. Additionally, we give you a free Oregon Resident Agent Service for the first year, and we'll include details of your Oregon Resident Agent in the form that we file.

Registered Agent Service for the first year, and we’ll include details of your MS Registered Agent in the form that we file.

Assign a Different Oregon Registered Agent Service After Incorporation

You can also change your Registered Agent service after you’ve formed your LLC. There are a couple of ways to achieve this.

Choose a Registered Agent Service and File a Form with the Oregon Secretary of State

Once you’ve chosen a new Oregon Registered Agent, you can complete a form. Once you’ve filled it out, send it to the secretary of state so they can update your records. The Oregon SOS may charge a nominal fee to assign or change a Registered Agent, and we do pass that fee on to you.

Sign up for Incfile's Oregon Resident Agent Service and We'll File the Change on Your Behalf

When you choose to use our OR Registered Agent service, we take care of all the form filling and filing for you. We’ll collect important information about your business, complete the form on your behalf and send it to the Oregon Secretary of State. We’ll let you know once we officially become your Registered Agent.

Oregon registered Agent Search

In some situations, you might want to know the name of the registered Agent that represents another Oregon LLC. If you do, you can search the business database of the Oregon Secretary of State, as these will often provide details of a specific business’s registered Agent.

If the OR registered Agent isn’t available from the searchable business registry, contact the Oregon Secretary of State requesting the information.

Possible Outcomes of Not Assigning a Registered Agent for Your Oregon LLC

What happens if you choose not to assign or provide details of a Registered Agent to the Oregon Secretary of State? There are several possible ramifications, including:

  • Getting served or sued and not finding out about it: If your LLC is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgment in your absence.
  • Falling out of good standing with the Oregon Secretary of State: If you don’t respond to certain correspondence (like the request for your annual report), certain states may revoke your right to do business.
  • Losing your status as an Oregon LLC: A Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your LLC may be dissolved.

Can You Appoint Yourself as Your Own Registered Agent in Oregon?

If you have an address in Oregon, you can choose to be the Registered Agent for your LLC. We don’t recommend this approach as there can be some drawbacks:

  • The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Oregon. If you’re forming an LLC outside Oregon, you will need to use an in-state Registered Agent.
  • You always need to have someone on hand during business hours at the Oregon address to sign for important documents.
  • The Registered Agent’s name and address are part of the public record and available through the Oregon Secretary of State's website. If you prefer your name and address aren’t published, you should choose a Registered Agent service.
  • If you change your Oregon business address or move out of state, you would need to file additional documentation with the OR Secretary of State for the new address if you act as your own Registered Agent. This would not be the case if you use a Registered Agent service, making a move or address change much simpler.

FAQs About Oregon Registered Agents

Do I Need to Appoint an Oregon Registered Agent?

Yes. All OR LLCs are required to have a Registered Agent. This is mandated by the Oregon Secretary of State.

When Can I Assign an Oregon Registered Agent Service?

You can either do it when you incorporate your Oregon business through paperwork filed with the Oregon Secretary of State or afterward by filing the correct form. If you form your business through Incfile, we will file all necessary forms on your behalf.

Can I Be My Own Registered Agent in Oregon?

Yes, but we don’t recommend it for the reasons listed above. If you still want to be your own Registered Agent, you need to fill in the correct forms and pay a fee to the Oregon Secretary of State.

Does My Registered Agent Need to Have an Address in Oregon?

Yes. Additionally, if they are a business providing Registered Agent services, they must be legally able to conduct business in your state.

Useful Resources for Oregon Registered Agent Services

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