Oregon Secretary of State

Delivery Options

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Fastest - Online Registration

Get your business needs taken care of fast by registering, re​newing, updating or reinstating online. Business registrations and Certificate of Existence requests submitted through our online systems are processed on the same or the next business day. 

Business Registry:
OBR Information Change​
Certificate of Existence

Fast - In-Person Counter Service

Our office is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Be sure to watch for notifications at the top of our Business website for any changes to our hours.

Arrive by 4:00 p.m. to ensure same day processing. Sometimes a request may take longer and cannot be completed the same day, but we do our best.

Public Service Building
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem OR 97310

Metered street parking is available on Capitol Street.

Normal - Faxed registrations

Faxed documents and forms avoid mail delivery time but are processed in the same queue as those mailed. Our Credit Card Cover Sheet can be used when a fee applies.  Fax numbers vary by type of form and are shown on the form itself or on the fax cover sheet.  Phone confirmation of a fax received cannot be provided due to the high daily volume.

See the “Where’s My Form?” box (box to the right or below) to see what date’s faxed or mailed forms are being processed today.

​Normal - Mailed Registrations

P​lease allow 7-10 days for mail delivery. Our address always shows at the top of our forms.

Payment may be by check or by credit card with the Credit Card Cover Sheet.

U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail and Express Mail are processed the same as regular mail because they do not come directly to our Public Service Counter.​

See the “Where’s My Form?” box (box to the right or below) to see what date’s faxed or mailed forms are being processed today.​

Fast - Expedited Shipping and Priority Handling

Documents and forms received through Federal Express or UPS Overnight or 2nd Day delivery are given priority handling by type of document and are processed within 2-3 business days; (Not USPS “Priority Mail” which gets normal handling.)

Return expedited delivery of documents (e.g., Apostille, Certified Copies) happens when you provide a pre-paid, pre-printed label from FedEx or UPS with your Request form. This label  ("airbill") from FedEx or UPS is traceable and very reliable.
NOTE: Do not provide a hand-written pre-paid shipping label.  These cannot be processed in our office, and your document will be returned by regular mail.

Shipping Internationally

Use expedited shipping to ensure the timely arrival of your documents at their international destination. A prepaid, pre-printed label (airbill) from FedEx, UPS or DHL is required; (not a label with a hand-written account number, which cannot be used.)  
Otherwise, documents will be sent via regular mail, and your documents may be at risk due to the unpredictable reliability of the destination country's postal system. If FedEx, UPS, or DHL are not available, customers should consider other delivery arrangements.​

Where's My Form?

Filings received as of July 12

Online Filings (New and Renewal) Estimated Time
Business Registry 1 Business Day
Mail/Fax Service Processing Date
Business Registry 7/3/2024
Notary 7/12/2024
UCC 7/12/2024
Copy Requests 7/3/2024
Apostille / Authentication Requests 7/5/2024