Rhode Island Business Entity & Corporation Search

Rhode Island (RI) state mapIn 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
  • Purpose

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.

Rhode Island Business Entity Search

Step 2: Check ‘Search by entity name’ option and type in your search query in the text box.

Rhode Island Business Entity Search by Name

Next, select the relevant search filter based on your requirement.

Rhode Island Business Entity Search Filters

Step 3: Click on the ‘Search’ button.

Rhode Island Business Entity Search Limit

Here, we’ve searched for the business names containing the phrase, ‘technology’.Business Entity Search Result

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.

Rhode Island Business Entity Details

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. Rhode Island Business Entity Request a Certificate

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.

Certificate Request Form

Step 6: At the bottom of the summary screen, you can view and download the filed documents.

Annual Report

Annual Report History

Explanation of the terms used in the report:

Entity NameBusiness Entity Name
Entity TypeBusiness Entity type – LLC/LLP/Corporation (Domestic/Foreign) (Profit/Non-Profit)
Identification NumberBusiness ID number
Date of Incorporation in Rhode IslandDate of incorporation of the business
The location of its principal officeBusiness office Address
The mailing address or specified officeMailing Address
Agent ResignedWhether the registered agent resigned – Yes/No
Address MaintainedWhether the address mentioned in SOS Database is maintained – Yes/No
Name and address of the Registered AgentRegistered 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.

Search by ID Number

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
AddressDivision Of Business Services
148 West River Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02904-2615
Phone Number(401) 222-3040
Emailcorporations@sos.ri.gov
Office Hours8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Monday – Friday)

Links & References

  1. http://www.sos.ri.gov
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_State_of_Rhode_Island

Last Updated on: 03/05/2019

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