Oregon Secretary of State

Application for Authority to Transact Business - Nonprofit Form Instructions

​The instructions are listed in numerical order to align with the form. They supplement the instructions on the form itself.

  1. NAME OF CORPORATION:  Must be identical to the name as registered in home jurisdiction, including punctuation. 
    NOTE:  The name must be written in the alphabet used to write the English language and may include Arabic and Roman numerals.

  2. REGISTRY NUMBER IN HOME JURISDICTION:  “Registry Number” can be called an Entity #, File #, or another term in other states. It is used for verifying a business online. For a state with no online search tool, attach a Certificate of Existence (or Certificate of Good Standing). The certificate must bear a date within the last 60 days.

  3. DATE OF INCORPORATION:  Date of original filing in the home jurisdiction.
    DURATION, IF NOT PERPETUAL:  Most nonprofits have no duration date.

  4. STATE OR COUNTRY OF INCORPORATION:  Home jurisdiction, the state of domestic registration.​​

  5. TYPE OF CORPORATION:  Choose which one of the three nonprofit types applies in the home jurisdiction. See the descriptions on the second page below the form.

  6. WILL THE CORPORATION HAVE MEMBERS?  Choose the answer that applies for the nonprofit in the home jurisdiction.​

  7. ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL OFFICE OF THE BUSINESS:  Physical street address, either in the home jurisdiction or in Oregon. The principal office may not be a PO Box, commercial mail receiving agency, a mail forwarding business, or a virtual office. 

  8. NAME OF OREGON REGISTERED AGENT:  A person or registered business with an Oregon street address who has agreed to accept legal documents and notify the nonprofit.

  9. REGISTERED AGENT’S PUBLICLY AVAILABLE ADDRESS:  This Oregon street address must be suitable for physical delivery of legal papers during normal business hours. It may not be a PO Box, commercial mail receiving agency, a mail forwarding business, or a virtual office.

  10. ADDRESS TO SEND NOTIFICATIONS:  An address where renewal notices can be received.

  11. NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY:  The individuals who are the president and secretary of the corporation. Addresses may be business or mailing addresses.

  12. EXECUTION:  This legal declaration must be signed. If another form is generated, this exact wording must be used.
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