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Order certified copies

Certified copies are issued by the RI Department of State’s Business Services Division and are exact copies of your original business documents.

Why Request a Certified Copy?

Certified copies are sometimes required by financial institutions, courts, and licensing agencies.


STEP
1

Order in person

Visit us at the Business Services Division located at 148 West River Street, Providence, RI 02904. Business Services is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Certified copies will not be made available immediately.

STEP
2

Fee

  • Payment: Cash, check made payable to RI Department of State, or credit card (additional fees apply).
  • Fee: Non-profit entities $5 plus $0.15 per page. All other entities $10 plus $0.15 per page. Non-refundable
  • Processing time: Two business days. The certified copies must be picked up at the Business Services Division, 148 West River Street, Providence, RI 02904.
STEP
1

Order by phone

The Business Services Division is available by phone Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm at 401-222-3040.


STEP
2

Fee

  • Payment is accepted at the time of pickup at our office: Cash, check made payable to RI Department of State, or credit card (additional fees apply).
  • Fee: Non-profit entities $5 plus $0.15 per page. All other entities $10 plus $0.15 per page. Non-refundable
  • Processing time: Two business days. The certified copies must be picked up at the Business Services Division, 148 West River Street, Providence, RI 02904.
STEP
1

Order by mail

  • Address your request to:
    Business Services Division
    148 W. River St.
    Providence, RI 02904-2615

 

STEP
2

Fee

  • Payment: Check made payable to RI Department of State.
  • Fee: Non-profit entities $5 plus $0.15 per page. All other entities $10 plus $0.15 per page. Non-refundable 
  • Processing time: 5-7 business days (including mailing time). A self-addressed/stamped envelope will help expedite delivery time.

Forms of payments

  • 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.