Corporation Division - SOS

Present Duties

Public Service Building
The Public Service Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Corporation Division. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The origins and functions of the division date back to 1862. The division provides timely document processing services and convenient access to information about businesses, notaries, secured transactions and government resources for a prosperous Oregon. The division assists the public in registering business entities and filing public notice of records of debt, commissions notaries public, and provides certification of records and notarized documents. The division provides access to public record information in the form of copies, certificates, lien searches, computer reports, and on-line database access to allow the public and businesses to know with whom they are doing business. 

The Office of Small Business Assistance helps businesses who experience difficulty in their interactions with a state agency and connects businesses with state and non-state resources. The office acts as an ombudsman to help resolve problems between businesses and state agencies.

The division helps entrepreneurs start a business in Oregon by ensuring government registration processes are as fast and easy as possible. These efforts accomplish the secretary of state’s vision to deliver better results to Oregonians through more efficient and effective service delivery, greater transparency and accountability, and by using innovation to connect Oregonians to their government.​​
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Contact Information

Address: Public Service Bldg., 255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-986-2200
Fax: 503-986-6355
Contact: ​Eloisa Miller: Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Secretary of State, Corporation Division​
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 56, 58, 60, 62, 63, 65, 67, 68, 79, 80, 87, 128, 194, 554, 647, 648

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
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Records & Publications

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Corporation articles of incorporation
Dates: 1864-1916
Cubic Ft.: 218
Title: Corporation articles of incorporation indexes
Dates: 1849-1958
Cubic Ft.: .25
Volumes: 6
Title: Corporation articles of incorporation journals
Dates: 1891-1910
Volumes: 30
Title: Corporation articles of incorporation register
Dates: 1878-1902
Volumes: 2
Title: Trademark register
Dates: 1864-1965
Volumes: 29
Title: Trademark registration certificates
Dates: 1864-1971
Cubic Ft.: 48.5
Title: Trademark registration record
Dates: 1927-1966
Cubic Ft.: .5