Order certificates

A Certificate of Good Standing or Certificate of Legal Existence (sometimes called a “certificate of status”) is issued by the RI Department of State to verify that a business entity is in good standing with our office. It does not verify that a business has satisfied its tax obligations and should not be confused with a Letter of Good Standing issued by the RI Division of Taxation.

Before You Order

Confirm your business is in good standing. Learn how.


  • Visit the Corporate Database to search for the correct entity.
  • Click on the request certificate box at the top of the screen.
  • In the dropdown menu, select the certificate type desired and click add.
  • Fill in your contact information in its entirety. Review your information and submit.
  • Complete your order and be sure to print or save the receipt.

  • Payment: All major credit cards are accepted
  • Fee: Non-profit entities $7. All other entities $22. Non-refundable
  • Processing time: Two business days (plus mailing time, if needed)

Forms of payments

  • Online: All major credit cards are accepted.
  • In person: You can pay with cash, check made payable to RI Department of State, or credit card (additional fees apply).
  • By phone: We do not take payments over the phone. Payment is made at the time of pickup.
  • By mail: Make your check payable to RI Department of State.

Additional types of certificates

The Department of State also offers more in-depth certificates. These are created individually for each specific entity. The filing fee is $30.00. These documents cannot be e-mailed. 

  • Certificate of Good Standing – Long Form
  • Certificate of Legal Existence – Long Form
  • Certificate of Status – Canceled
  • Certificate of Fact – Certificate of Merger
  • Certificate of Status – Dissolved
  • Certificate of Fact – Name Change
  • Certificate of Status – Non-Resident Landlord
  • Certificate of Status – Revoked
  • Certificate of Status – Withdrawn