How To Look Up An LLC in Oregon? (Step by Step Guide)

Delina Chantel Yasmeh
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Last updated: April 25, 2024
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When starting a business in Oregon or conducting due diligence, it's crucial to know how to effectively search for a Limited Liability Company (LLC) because this process helps in verifying the legitimacy, status, and details of any LLC registered in the state.

Being a legal expert with over 10 years of experience, I will guide you through the procedure of looking up an Oregon LLC. I'll also provide a few tips to make the process as smooth as possible.

Quick Summary

  • To look up an Oregon LLC, visit the Oregon Secretary of the State website.
  • On the official site, you can do a quick business name search or enter the registry number.
  • According to the Oregon Chamber of Commerce, about 60% of businesses participate in local events, boosting their industry and community connections.
  • In my experience, business scenarios like mergers, acquisitions, or partnerships make LLC lookup essential for verifying legitimacy and compliance.


How Do I Look Up An LLC in Oregon?

A woman looking up an LLC in Oregon

To look up an Oregon LLC, you can simply visit Oregon's official website.

The business registry is maintained by the Oregon Secretary of State, and it's a good resource for finding information on businesses in Oregon.

To lookup an LLC in Oregon you can use:

1. Use the Secretary of State's Website

The Oregon Secretary of State's website is the primary tool for conducting an LLC search.

Here's how you can utilize this resource:

a. Name Search

To perform a name search:

  • Go to the Oregon Secretary of State's website.
  • Click on the "Business Name Search".
  • Enter the name of the business you are searching for.
  • From there, you can click on the name to view detailed information about the LLC, including contact information, registered agent, and filing history.

"If the search records already list your chosen LLC name, it means the name is unavailable for use, as it is already being used by another business entity in Oregon."

- Jon Morgan, CEO, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Venture Smarter

b. Business Registry Number

While the website primarily focuses on name searches, you can also use the business registry number for a more targeted search.

This is particularly useful if you already have the registry number of the LLC.

2. Call the State

Dialing the telephone to contact the IRS

For personalized assistance or verbal communication, you can call the Oregon Secretary of State's office through 503-986-1523.

Their knowledgeable staff can guide you through the LLC search process, provide specific information over the phone, and answer any queries you might have.

This method is particularly beneficial for complex cases or when immediate assistance is required.

3. Send an Email

You can also email the Secretary of State's office through sos@sos.oregon.go.

This method is ideal for detailed inquiries, obtaining written confirmation, or requesting documentation.

It also allows for a record of communication, which can be useful for future reference.

The response time may vary, but this method ensures that your query is documented and addressed.

4. Other Business Entity Search Alternatives

Apart from the official channels, there are several other ways to research an LLC in Oregon:

a. Business Presence and Activity

Check the company's profiles on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to gauge their brand presence, customer engagement, and recent updates.

b. Search Engines

Utilize search engines like Google to find news articles, press releases, and general information about the LLC, which can offer insights into its operations and public perception.

c. Business Directories and Local Chambers of Commerce

Explore local business directories and the Oregon Chamber of Commerce website for the LLC's listings, which can reveal its business network, industry standing, and community involvement.

According to the Oregon Chamber of Commerce, approximately 60% of registered businesses actively engage in local networking events, significantly enhancing their industry presence and community ties.

d. Professional Networks like LinkedIn

LinkedIn provides profiles of the company's executives and employees, offering a closer look at the team's background, expertise, and professional connections.

e. Industry-Specific Databases or Forums

Depending on the LLC's sector, industry-specific databases or forums can provide targeted information, such as regulatory compliance, market trends, and peer reviews.

How to Check If A Business Name Is Trademarked in Oregon?

A card for trademark concept

To check if a business name is trademarked in Oregon, you have a couple of options:

For current and active trademarks, use the Active Trademark Registrations database.

This resource provides up-to-date information on all trademarks that are currently registered and active in Oregon.

It's an essential tool for identifying any recent trademark registrations that might conflict with your desired business name.

The Historical Trademark Search tool is ideal for exploring past trademark registrations.

It can be particularly useful for understanding the history of a business name in Oregon.

This includes any previous uses or registrations that are no longer active but might still influence your decision or usage.

3. Federal-Level Search with the USPTO

In addition to the two state-level search options above, you can conduct a federal trademark search through the USPTO's TESS.

This will provide information on whether the business name is trademarked at the national level.

Federal trademarks supersede state-level registrations, so this step is crucial to avoid potential legal issues with branding and business operations.

4. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) EDGAR Database

For LLCs that are publicly traded or have filed certain reports with the SEC, the EDGAR database is a useful resource [1]. According to the SEC, a new versatile tool enables keyword and phrase searches across more than 20 years of EDGAR filings, with filters for date, company, person, filing category, or location.

It provides access to financial statements, reports, and other formal documents filed by companies.

5. Consult with a Trademark Attorney

For thorough due diligence, consider consulting with a trademark attorney.

They can provide professional assistance in searching and interpreting trademark databases at the state and federal levels.

A person working on a laptop with coffee on the side

Searching for an LLC is not just a procedural step; it's a crucial part of due diligence in various business scenarios.

Here are some key reasons why you should perform an LLC search:

  • Check Name Availability.
  • Verify the legal status of an LLC.
  • Ensure compliance with state regulations.
  • Assess the credibility of a business partner.
  • Conduct competitive analysis.
  • Prepare for business mergers or acquisitions.
  • Investigate the history of business transactions.
  • Check for any legal disputes or liens.
  • Confirm the legitimacy before engaging in transactions.

FAQs

How Do I Find Out Who Owns An Oregon LLC?

To find out who owns an Oregon LLC, you can visit the county clerk's office or search for the LLC's name online.

How Do I Find My Oregon Business Registration Number?

To find your business Oregon registration number, visit the Secretary of State website. Once you're there, you will need to search for the business name or entity ID. The registration number will be listed on the results page.

What Should I Do if I Can’t Find an Oregon LLC on the Website?

If you can't find an LLC on the website, contact the Oregon Secretary of State's office directly for assistance. They can provide further guidance or confirm whether the LLC exists but may not be listed due to various reasons.

References:

  1. https://www.sec.gov/edgar/search-and-access

About The Author

Author
Delina Chantel Yasmeh, J.D./Tax LL.M, specializes in Mergers and Acquisitions at Deloitte and PwC, managing billion-dollar transactions. Educated in Accountancy at California State University and holding advanced degrees from Loyola Law School, she is highly skilled in tax law. Delina also dedicates time to pro bono work for women and children.
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LJ Viveros has 40 years of experience in founding and scaling businesses, including a significant sale to Logitech. He has led Market Solutions LLC since 1999, focusing on strategic transitions for global brands. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Communications, LJ is also a distinguished Matsushita Executive alumnus.
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