How to Register Your Business in Oregon

Is your company hiring an employee in Oregon, but based in another state? Learn how to register your business in just a few simple steps.

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From Crater Lake to Mount Hood, the Columbia River Gorge to Cannon Beach, Oregon is famous for its natural beauty. Visitors and residents alike flock to the wilderness to hike, mountain bike, rock climb, and ski. Not only that, but Portland, The Beaver State’s largest city, is known for its quirky arts, music, and craft beer scene. So, chances are, if your next employee is an Oregonian, they won’t want to leave. Fortunately, in this era of remote work, collaborating across state lines is easy.

Bringing on a new employee can be exciting, but there’s often a lot to do as well. You want to onboard your new hire as quickly and smoothly as possible to ensure their success at your organization. But before you get started with onboarding, you’ll need to register your company with the state of Oregon.  

Register your business in Oregon in two easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to create an account online with the Oregon Secretary of State Secure Access System.
  2. Once you’ve created an account and are logged in, you’ll register with both the Department of Revenue and the Oregon Employment Department via the Oregon Business Registry process.

You’ll receive your Business Identification Number within five to seven days of registering online. Once you’ve received your Business Identification Number, you’ll be able to register new employees, file wage reports, and submit unemployment taxes online. Remember, in Oregon, you are responsible for paying an unemployment tax once you’ve paid $1,000 in wages in a single calendar quarter, or employed someone for a portion of a day in 18 different weeks in a calendar year.

If you need additional support, the Oregon Employment Department has a useful Employer Handbook.


Interested in streamlining your state registration process? With Pilot, you can complete state registrations online, from one platform, in all 50 US states, plus Washington, D.C. Eliminate hours of manual effort from the process by using Pilot. Learn more about our state registrations feature.

Would you like to expand your team outside of the US as well? Pilot manages international payroll, benefits, and compliance for US-based companies, in our secure, cloud-based platform. Our team of HR and payroll experts is happy to guide you through any questions ✨

To learn more about Pilot, request a demo with one of our experts.


⚖️ Legal Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.


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