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.
Use our electronic filing system to quickly file your corporate documents. Review our refund policy.
Start, maintain, or close your business or non-profit
Explore interactive data on the business landscape across the state.
Search our database of trademarks and service marks or learn how to register a new mark.
Access probate forms issued by the court.
Search or submit a Uniform Commercial Code filing.
Business Services offers free workshops, summits, and other educational opportunities on a range of topics for small businesses and non-profit organizations.
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]
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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.