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

ALERTA EMPRESARIAL: CERTIFICADOS DEL BIENESTAR DE SU NEGOCIO Desconfíe de cualquier empresa privada que le envíe solicitudes o exija una respuesta para obtener un Certificado del Bienestar de su Negocio a su nombre por una tarifa exorbitante. Si su negocio requiere un Certificado de Bienestar para completar una transacción comercial, por favor comuníquese con nuestra oficina directamente al 401-222-3040 o solicite por internet aquí.

File Online

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

Search the Corporate

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.

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!

Business Services News

Sign up for our email list to make sure you always stay up to date with the latest free trainings, filing reminders and business/non-profit development resources from the Business Services Division. You don’t need to have an existing business or non-profit to sign up. We want to support you at every stage of your journey! Join our email list

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 .


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