Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)

A UCC filing is a public notice of a secured transaction. A financing statement indicates a commercial agreement between a debtor and a secured party. Filing with this office serves to perfect a security interest in named collateral and establish priority in case of debtor default or bankruptcy. To limit the risk of identity theft, do not include social security numbers or nonessential personal information on any document submitted for filing to the RI Department of State, Business Services Division.

UCC Basics

Learn more about how the UCC filing system works.

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File an initial financing statement.

Learn how to file a UCC 1 online

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Amend a financing statement.

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Request a certified search.

Additional resources

Search the UCC Database

Use our database to search and view registered financing statements. You can search by “Article 9”, “Begins with” or “Exact Match.”  Our Search Guide provides helpful hints to make your search easier.

Forms and Guidance

Get a better understanding of the requirements for filing a financing statement, review the filing office rules and regulations regarding UCC filings, view filing fees, and easily download filing forms.


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