Non-profits that fail to file an annual report, maintain a registered agent and/or registered office, or pay a required filing fee lose their good standing status.
Loss of Good Standing Status
Loss of good standing is also known as revocation. A revocation is not an official dissolution, which means you will be liable for filings with the RI Department of State until you legally close your non-profit. The sooner you reinstate, the less you will pay in penalty fees. You should consult an attorney to fully understand the consequences of your entity’s revocation.
Return to Good Standing Status
Non-profits can return to good standing status by following the reinstatement process below. If your non-profit has been revoked for more than twenty years, you must take additional steps to reinstate. Please email us at [email protected] or call 401-222-3040 for more information.
To start the reinstatement process, submit the following to the RI Department of State via mail or in person at our office at 148 West River St., Providence, RI.
- Any documents the entity failed to file; and
- All filing fees associated with the missing filings; and
- A $25.00 penalty fee for each year that has elapsed since the entity was revoked.
The Business Services Division will determine the filings and fees your revoked non-profit owes. We suggest you contact us before submitting your reinstatement documents.
Note: Non-profits that have been revoked for more than one year may lose the right to their name. To determine whether your non-profit’s name is still available for use, search the Corporate Database. If the name is no longer available, you must submit an additional filing to change the entity’s name.