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Business Services

The Department of State Business Services Division maintains Rhode Island’s state business registry. While we record new business formations and ongoing business registration activity, we also provide thoughtful guidance and comprehensive services to those looking to start and maintain a business or non-profit in Rhode Island.

BUSINESS ALERT: Certificates of Good Standing - ALERTA EMPRESARIAL: Certificados de Buen Estado Corporativo

Be wary of any private company sending solicitations or demanding a response to obtain a certificate of good standing on your behalf for an exorbitant fee.  If your business requires a certificate of good standing to complete a business transaction, please contact our office directly at 401-222-3040 or order online here.

Desconfíe de cualquier empresa privada que le envíe solicitudes o exija una respuesta para obtener un Certificado de Buen Estado Corporativo a su nombre por una tarifa exorbitante. Si su negocio requiere un Certificado de Buen Estado Corporativo para completar una transacción comercial, por favor comuníquese con nuestra oficina directamente al 401-222-3040 o solicite por internet aquí.

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    Celebrating Rhode Island's Business Community 
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    One-Day Marriage Officiant Certification
  • Planning a new business
    Planning a new business

File Online

Use our electronic filing system to quickly file your corporate documents. Review our refund policy.

Search the Corporate Database

Search active and inactive businesses registered with the RI Department of State. Our Search Guide provides helpful hints to make your search easier.

Learn more about the information held by our office.

Start, maintain, or close your business or non-profit

Additional Resources

Rhode Island Business Data Hub

Explore interactive data on the business landscape across the state.

Trademarks and Service Marks

Search our database of trademarks and service marks or learn how to register a new mark.

Probate Forms

Access probate forms issued by the court.


Search or submit a Uniform Commercial Code filing.

Training Calendar

Business Services offers free workshops, summits, and other educational opportunities on a range of topics for small businesses and non-profit organizations.

Click here to view the event calendar and sign up today!

Community Outreach

Business Services partners with schools, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, business support organizations and community groups to develop trainings and resources, review data, and identify and prepare for new business trends. Are you an entity interested in connecting with us? Please contact our office at 401-222-3040 or [email protected]

Visit Business Services


Mon - Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm

148 W. River St., Providence, RI


[email protected]

PARKING: Free visitor parking. Use bell tower entrance.


The Rhode Island Department of State/Business Services Division cannot provide you with legal advice or legal referrals. If you are seeking answers to legal questions you will need to find a private attorney. For information on choosing and working with a lawyer, you may wish to visit the Rhode Island Bar Association.