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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

A Certificate of Good Standing can ONLY be issued by the Secretary of State’s office.  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.

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. 

ALERTA EMPRESARIAL: Certificados de Existencia Corporativa

Un Certificado de buena Existencia Corporativa SÓLO puede ser emitido por la oficina de la Secretaría de Estado.  Si su negocio requiere un Certificado de Existencia Corporativa para completar una transacción comercial, por favor comuníquese con nuestra oficina directamente al 401-222-3040 o solicite por internet aquí.

Desconfíe de cualquier empresa privada que le envíe solicitudes o exija una respuesta para obtener un certificado de existencia corporativa a su nombre por una tarifa exorbitante.

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    For an appointment call 401-222-3040. 
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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.

Community Outreach

Business Services offers free training and educational opportunities for small businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations. For more information, please contact our office at 401-222-3040 or [email protected]

RI Business Services Training Calendar

Click here to view our calendar and sign up for trainings.

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.