Oregon Articles of Incorporation

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Oregon articles of incorporation are filed to create a corporation.

Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your business corporation. Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the corporation. Only after this approval can the corporation apply for tax IDs, obtain business licenses, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.

Benefits

Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
  • Provides governance and adds credibility

Fast Facts

For Domestic Corporations:

Agency:Oregon Secretary of State - Corporations Division
Form:

​Articles of Incorporation

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person/courier, fax, or online

Agency Fee:

$100

Turnaround:

~1 business day online or in-person/courier. ~1-2 business days by fax. ~7-10 business days by mail.

Law:

ORS c60

Fact Checked:6/16/17

For Domestic Professional Corporations:

Agency:Oregon Secretary of State - Corporations Division
Form:

Articles of Incorporation

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:6/13/17

Other Helpful Oregon Facts

As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Oregon.


Oregon Directors

  • Number: One or more required.
  • Qualifications: None.
  • Quorum: Majority of directors, unless bylaws or articles of incorporation fixes a different number. No less than one third.

Oregon Officers

  • As stated in the bylaws, but a minimum of one. One person may hold multiple offices. One officer is required to be responsible for maintaining corporate records.

Oregon Bylaws

  • Required: Yes.

Oregon Annual Shareholder Meeting

  • Required: Yes.
  • Action by written consent: Allowed if enough shareholders consent to equal the number required to take action by vote.

Oregon Shareholders

  • Qualifications: N/A
  • Stock Certificate: Not required.
  • Voting Trusts Allowed: Yes.
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