Oregon LLC Name Search

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Before you form an LLC, you will need to complete a business name search with the Oregon Business Name Search tool to check if your LLC name is available.

In our LLC Name Search guide, we will show you exactly how to look up available business names for free in Oregon.

SKIP AHEAD:

1. Check Oregon LLC Naming Guidelines

2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search

3. Complete a Domain Name Search

How to Search Available LLC Names in Oregon

1. Check Oregon LLC Naming Guidelines

Before you do a name availability search, it makes sense to check if your business name meets the basic state guidelines.

Some key guidelines for Oregon LLC names include:

  • Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or one of its abbreviations (LLC or L.L.C.).

  • Names submitted for registration must be comprised of the English letters “a” through “z,” and the Arabic and Roman numerals 0 through 9, in integers or spelled out.

  • Your name may include the following special characters: asterisk (*); “at” sign (@); backslash (/); left brace ( { ); right brace ( } ); caret (^); dollar sign ($); “equal to” sign (=); “greater than” sign (>); “less than” sign (<); number sign (#); percentage sign (%); plus sign (+); tilde (~); and underscore (_).

  • Your name may include the following punctuation: apostrophe ( ‘ ); left bracket ([ ); right bracket( ]); colon (:); comma (,); dash or hyphen (-); exclamation point (!); left parenthesis (( ); right parenthesis ( ) ); period (.); question mark (? ); single quote mark (“ ); double quote mark ( “ ” ); semicolon (;); and slash ( / ).

  • Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state. This includes Oregon reserved names.

Keep an eye out for restricted words. These words, such as “FBI” or “Treasury,” are often restricted to keep your LLC from sounding like an official institution.

Additionally, Oregon has the following restrictions for LLC names:

  • Your name cannot include the following: cooperative, corporation, corp., incorporated, Inc., limited partnership, L.P., LP, Ltd., limited liability partnership, L.L.P., and LLP.

  • Your name cannot imply in any way that the business is an agency of the state or any of its political subdivisions without approval.

For more information, check out Oregon's official state statutes on LLC name requirements and name distinguishability.

2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search

Once you know your LLC name meets Oregon guidelines, it’s time to make sure it’s available by using the Oregon Business Name Search tool.

It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Oregon, a distinguishable name is one that is visually distinct, in writing, from all other existing or reserved business names in the state.

The following differences will make a business name distinguishable in Oregon:

  • One or more different letter or numerals (except an "s" to make word plural possessive)
  • Letters or numerals in a different order
  • Different words or a different order of words
  • Creative or unusual spelling 
  • Expressing a number as a numeral versus as a word

The following differences will NOT make a business name distinguishable in Oregon: 

  • Business entity identifiers at the end of the name
  • Plural or possessive forms of words
  • Punctuation and special characters
  • Spacing
  • Articles, prepositions, and conjunctions

Failure to use a distinguishable name could result in your formation filing being rejected.

What if my LLC name is already taken? If your LLC name is unavailable in Oregon, it’s time to come up with some new ideas. 

Use this guide to naming your business to learn some brainstorming tips. You can also use our free LLC name generator to come up with some name ideas.

3. Complete a Domain Name Search

When deciding on a name for your LLC, you should make sure that a similar or exact domain name is available. A matching URL will help potential customers find your LLC faster.

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How to Reserve or Register Your Business Name

Reserve Your Name

You can optionally reserve your LLC name in Oregon for up to 120 days before you officially register it. This prevents other businesses from registering your name until you have the opportunity to register it yourself. 

Name reservation forms can be requested by calling the Oregon Secretary of State at (503) 986-2200 or emailing them on their website. The filing fee is $100.

Register Your Name

If you want to register a legal entity name for your LLC, you can do so at the time of formation filing. Oregon provides a section for your desired LLC name on the Articles of Organization.

Registering a DBA (doing business as) name, called an assumed name in Oregon, is a separate process that requires filing with the Secretary of State.

Oregon LLC Name Search FAQ

How do I check if an LLC name is taken in Oregon?

You can use the Oregon Business Name Search tool to see if your preferred business name is available.

Should I name my LLC after myself?

While there’s no rule against naming an LLC after yourself, most experts advise against doing this. 

One of the benefits of starting an LLC is the ability to choose a different name for your business, which can make it sound more professional.

What words can’t be used in an Oregon LLC name?

Business names generally can’t include words that imply the company is a banking or financial institution or that it’s affiliated with a local, state, or federal government agency.

Additionally, Oregon LLC names cannot include the following: cooperative, corporation, corp., incorporated, Inc., limited partnership, L.P., LP, Ltd., limited liability partnership, L.L.P., and LLP.

Should I use an LLC name generator?

If you’re having trouble choosing a name for your LLC, an LLC name generator can help you come up with some ideas.

What is a brand name?

A brand name is a name a company gives to a product or line of products. It can be the same as the company’s name or something different.

Do I have to include LLC in my name?

Yes. Oregon requires that its LLCs use “Limited Liability Company” or one of its abbreviations (e.g., LLC or L.L.C.) in their legal name.

Do I need to renew my business name in Oregon?

Oregon does not require LLCs to renew their legal name, but assumed names must be renewed every two years. 

You can renew online, and the filing fee is $50.

Can my business name be different from my LLC name in Oklahoma?

Some companies choose to operate under a name that’s different from their legal name. This can either be called a “doing business as” (DBA) name or assumed name in Oregon. 

In Oregon, assumed names are filed with the Secretary of State.

Does my LLC need a DBA name?

Your LLC doesn’t need a DBA name unless it plans to do business under a name other than its legal name. Learn more about Oregon DBAs by reading our guide to filing for a DBA and selecting Oregon from the dropdown menu.

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