How to File a DBA in Oregon

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Filing an Oregon DBA (doing business as), also known as an assumed business name, is a simple process that you complete with the Oregon Secretary of State.

To learn more about why you may need a DBA, read our What is a DBA article.

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Use our free guide below to file for a DBA in Oregon:

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How to Set up a DBA in Oregon

Step 1: Start With an Oregon DBA Name Search

If you haven't already, head over to Oregon's Secretary of State website to make sure your assumed name isn't taken by another registered Oregon business. Your name can be similar to other business names, but it’s still a good practice to create a unique name.

TIP: Our business name generator tool is a great resource for entrepreneurs who are still working to create the perfect business name or website address.

In Oregon, your fictitious name should not include:

  • Any business entity suffix, such as LLC, Incorporated, Corp., etc unless the business is actually an LLC, corporation, or etc.
  • Any word that implies banking or related financial activity without written authorization from the Division of Finance and Corporate Securities.

Next, a quick search on the U.S. Trademark Electronic Search System will tell you whether someone else has already trademarked your name.

Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA as well.

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Step 2: Register Your Oregon DBA

In Oregon, you register your DBA with the Secretary of State. You can file online at Oregon's Secretary of State website or you can complete the application for registration of an assumed business name form.

The application will ask for your new DBA name and information about your business, such as:

  • Section 2: Description of business
  • Section 4: Authorized business representative
  • Section 6: Names and addresses of business owners
  • Section 7: Counties where you want to register the name

ADBA does not offer any protectionfor your personal assets in the event that your business issued. For more information on setting up alimited liability company, visit ourHow to Form an LLCpage and select your state.


Submit Your Application Form

File Online

Mail

Secretary of State
Corporation Division
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

Fees

$50 Processing Fee


Manage Your Oregon DBA

DBA Questions

Call the Oregon Corporation Division: (503) 986-2200

Renew Your DBA with the State

Your Oregon DBA should be renewed every two years. You can renew online.

Change Your DBA

To make changes to your certificate of assumed name, complete this form. If changing the assumed name, the fee is $50. There is no fee for other changes. Mail the completed form to:

Secretary of State
Corporation Division
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

Withdraw Your DBA

To cancel your fictitious name, complete this form. There is a $50 processing fee. Mail the completed form to:

Secretary of State
Corporation Division
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

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Oregon DBA FAQ

Can I file a DBA online in Oregon?

You can file your DBA online here.

How do I change my DBA in Oregon?

To make changes to your assumed name, you must complete this form. Mail the completed form to:

Secretary of State
Corporation Division
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

How can I withdraw my DBA?

To cancel your fictitious name, complete this form. There is a $50 processing fee. Mail the completed form to:

Secretary of State
Corporation Division
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

How often should I renew my Oregon DBA?

Your Oregon DBA should be renewed every two years. You can renew online.

When is a DBA required in Oregon?

An assumed business name is required for entities that are conducting business under a name other than their personal name or the registered name for the entity.

How do I transfer my DBA in Oregon?

To transfer your assumed name, you must complete this form. Mail the completed form to:

Secretary of State
Corporation Division
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

Is my Oregon DBA protected from being used in other places?

No. The authority to use the name comes only through asserting those rights through use and legal action. It is possible to create a federal trademark for a DBA, which would offer stronger protection across state lines.

How many DBAs can I have?

You can have as many DBAs as you can afford to create and are able to keep track of. However, more isn’t necessarily better. Each one will come with additional incremental expense and paperwork, so you will want to make sure you have a good reason for each one you have.

Can a DBA get an EIN or Tax ID?

DBAs aren’t required to have a separate EIN because DBAs aren’t a business entity. The business entity that the DBA is under would have an EIN if an EIN is required.

To learn more about EINs and when you would need one for your business, read What is An EIN from our friends at TRUiC.

Can a DBA become an LLC?

Your DBA is just a name. A DBA is often confused with a sole proprietorship. If you mean “can my sole proprietorship become an LLC?” then the answer is “Yes. Absolutely.”

To learn how to form an LLC, visit our Form an LLC state guides.

Can a DBA have "Inc." in the name?

A DBA can only have "Inc." in the name if the business entity the DBA is attached to is a corporation.

How do I set up a DBA for a Rental Property?

It’s always best to consult an attorney. Usually, the best option is to form an LLC to protect your personal assets in the event of an issue with the rental property. Holding the rental property in your name and with a DBA will not afford you any protection.

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