Last Updated: May 28, 2024, 8:21 am by TRUiC Team

How to File a DBA in Oregon

Registering a DBA, known in Oregon as an assumed business name, will establish your business’s branding. DBAs are a simple way to start growing your business.

We’ll show you how to register an Oregon DBA below.

Or, you can save time and use a trusted DBA service.

Recommended: Register your DBA and establish your brand with LegalZoom. Packages start at $99 (plus state filing fees).

Learn how to file a DBA Oregon

Register an Oregon Assumed Business Name

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Registering an Oregon assumed business name, also known as a DBA, is easy!

Oregon assumed business names must be unique and must also meet Oregon’s business name requirements.

First, visit the Oregon Secretary of State's Business Name Search website and search for your new DBA name to make sure it isn’t already in use.

Next, review the Oregon naming requirements. In Oregon, assumed business names should NOT include:

  • Any business entity suffix, such as LLC, Incorporated, Corp, etc., unless the business is actually an LLC, corporation, etc.
  • Any terms given to financial institutions, including: "bank," "banc," "banco," "banque," "banker, "trust company," "savings and loan association," "savings bank," "credit union" or other similar words.
  • 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 (_).
  • Words that imply in any way that the business is an agency of the state or any of its political subdivisions without approval.

We recommend checking if your name is available as a web domain (URL). You might not plan on starting a business website today, but you may want to prevent others from acquiring your URL.

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Need Help Creating a Brand Name and Logo?

If you need help coming up with a DBA name, try our business name generator. Then, create a unique logo for your brand with our free logo generator.

Step 2. Register Your Oregon DBA

Your Oregon assumed business name can be filed online or by mail with the Secretary of State. You can file online with the Secretary of State’s website or you can complete the Assumed Business Name - New Registration form.

Some important sections of the form include:

  • 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

Recommended: Use a reputable service. LegalZoom offers a hassle free DBA filing package starting at $99 + State Filing Fees.

File an Oregon Assumed Business Name

Option 1: File Online With the Secretary of State Website

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Option 2: File the Assumed Business Name - New Registration Form by Mail

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$50 Filing Fee

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

Manage Your Oregon Assumed Business Name

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

Renew Your Assumed Business Name with the State
Your Oregon DBA should be renewed every two years. You can renew online.

Change Your Assumed Business Name
To make changes to your assumed business name, complete the Assumed Business Name Amendment form. If changing the assumed name, the fee is $50. There is no fee for other changes. Mail the completed form to the address below:

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

Withdraw Your Assumed Business Name
To cancel your fictitious name, complete the Assumed Business Name Cancellation form. There is a $50 processing fee. Mail the completed form to the address below:

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

After Filing Your Oregon DBA

If filing a DBA marks the beginning of your business journey, then there are a few more steps that you should take before getting started:

  • Create your Business’s Website - Every business needs a website. Luckily, drag-and-drop builders like GoDaddy and Wix make the job quick and easy. Check out our Best Website Builder article to find the tool that’s best for you.
  • Get your Business Finances in Order - You’ll need to separate your business finances from your personal ones. This is accomplished by opening a business bank account. If your business has long lead times or other cash flow irregularities, you can also look into a business credit card.
  • Protect Your Business - While an LLC will help to protect your personal assets in the case of a lawsuit, your business’s assets also need protection. Having the right business insurance will ensure that you’re covered if the worst happens. Most businesses start with general liability insurance as their base coverage.

DBA Oregon FAQ

You can have as many DBAs as you can afford to create and are able to keep track of. Each one comes with additional incremental expenses and paperwork, meaning more is not necessarily better.

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 need one for your business, read our What is an EIN guide.

No. An LLC is a business entity, while a DBA is just a name for a business.

Sole proprietorships are often confused with DBAs, but they are not the same: a sole proprietorship is a business entity, therefore it can choose to become an LLC.

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

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

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

Getting a DBA is often a better choice than changing your business’s legal name. If you want to rebrand your company or focus on another line of business, filing for a DBA is a simpler process than filing for a legal name change.

Some state-level laws prevent DBAs that are too similar to existing ones from being used, but this varies from state to state. It is possible to trademark a DBA, which would offer stronger protection across state lines.