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.
Address: Public Service Bldg., 255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151, Salem 97310
Ruth Miles: Director
Legal and Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters
Records, Publications and General Information
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
Cubic Ft.: 218
Title: Corporation articles of incorporation indexes
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Corporation articles of incorporation journals
Title: Corporation articles of incorporation register
Title: Trademark register
Title: Trademark registration certificates
Cubic Ft.: 48.5
Title: Trademark registration record
Cubic Ft.: .5