Maintain Your Business in Rhode Island

There are certain steps you must take each year to keep your business up-to-date, otherwise known as “in good standing.” State law requires that most entity types meet the following requirements each year.

File an Annual Report

Business Corporations and Limited Liability Companies must file an annual report with the RI Department of State.

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Maintain a Registered Agent/Office

Maintain a valid registered agent and registered office on file with the RI Department of State.

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Pay Taxes

Pay all state, federal, and municipal business taxes owed.

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Businesses that fail to meet these annual obligations will lose their good standing status. The loss of good standing status can affect your ability to do business in Rhode Island. Learn more about returning your business to good standing status.

Update Business

Quickly find the forms you need to keep your entity record up-to-date.


Learn how to order a Certificate of Good Standing or a Certificate of Legal Existence. 

Order Certified Copies

Learn how to order a certified copy of your corporate record. 


Learn more about the types of licenses available and how to renew them.

Grow Your Business

Explore resources to help bring your business to the next level.

RI Business Data Hub

Use our interactive data visualizations to learn more about Rhode Island’s business landscape.