Rhode Island Business Entity & Corporation Search
In Rhode Island, records of registered business entities are maintained by the Division Of Business Service (sub-unit of the Secretary of State).
Basic information such as contact details, registered agent details and filing history of the businesses can be viewed online.
The business entity data is available for free on the Rhode Island Secretary of State website. Currently, the SOS holds the information on LLCs, LLPs, Corporations, and Profit/Non-Profits.
Conducting a business entity search help you:
- check for business name availability in the state
- check for legal existence of any firm
- find contact details of any business
In the next section, we’ve explained different ways to conduct the search.
Rhode Island Business Entity Search
The SOS provides multiple ways to conduct the business entity search:
- Entity Name
- Identification Number
- Filing Number
- Individual (the name of an officer, director, etc.)
- Agent Name
- Business Address
To start, open Rhode Island business entity search page and choose the search option.
By Business Name
Step 1: Select ‘Active’ or ‘Inactive’ status to limit the search result.
Step 2: Check ‘Search by entity name’ option and type in your search query in the text box.
Next, select the relevant search filter based on your requirement.
Step 3: Click on the ‘Search’ button.
Here, we’ve searched for the business names containing the phrase, ‘technology’.
The results will show all the business entities containing the search phrase. You can also view additional details such as their Identification Number, Charter, Status, and Type of each result.
Step 4: Click on the desired business entity to view further information.
On the next page, you can view complete information about the business, such as:
- Date of registration
- State of jurisdiction
- Location of the principal office
- Mailing address or specified office
- Status of Agent resigned and Address maintained
- Name and address of Registered Agent
- Management structure
Step 5: At the top of the business summary screen, you can request for certified documents.
The service fee is $7 for non-profits and $22 for all other entities. The certificate can be sent either via email or by registered mail to your address.
Step 6: At the bottom of the summary screen, you can view and download the filed documents.
Explanation of the terms used in the report:
|Entity Name||Business Entity Name|
|Entity Type||Business Entity type – LLC/LLP/Corporation (Domestic/Foreign) (Profit/Non-Profit)|
|Identification Number||Business ID number|
|Date of Incorporation in Rhode Island||Date of incorporation of the business|
|The location of its principal office||Business office Address|
|The mailing address or specified office||Mailing Address|
|Agent Resigned||Whether the registered agent resigned – Yes/No|
|Address Maintained||Whether the address mentioned in SOS Database is maintained – Yes/No|
|Name and address of the Registered Agent||Registered agent details|
By Identification number
Each business is assigned a unique ID by the SOS. Using the ID you can directly query the business details.
Step 1: Visit the Division Of Business Services business search page.
Step 2: Choose ‘Search by Identification Number’ option.
Step 3: Enter the ID in the text field.
Step 4: On the next page, you can view the details of the corresponding business.
If the entered ID is incorrect, you will receive an error ‘No Results Found’.
By Filing number
Similar to search by ID number method, navigate to the search page and enter the filing number. On the next page, you can view the information of the business matching the filing number.
By Individual/Agent Name
Use this method of search, to find of list of business entities with which the person (Individual/Agent) is associated with.
Secretary of State Contact Information
|Address||Division Of Business Services|
148 West River Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02904-2615
|Phone Number||(401) 222-3040|
|Office Hours||8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Monday – Friday)|
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Last Updated on: 03/05/2019