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The Public Service Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Corporation Division. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Public Service Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Corporation Division. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The origins and functions of the Corporation 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 assists 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 help 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 using innovation to connect Oregonians to their government.


Contact Information

Address: Public Service Bldg., 255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151, Salem 97310
Phone: 503-986-2200
Fax: 503-986-6355
Contact: Peter Threlkel, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Peter Threlkel
Staff Directory from
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 56, 58, 60, 62, 63, 65, 67, 68, 79, 80, 87, 128, 194, 554, 647, 648
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog