The process of ordering a Certificate of Good Standing in the state of Rhode Island is a simple one that shouldn’t take more than a few minutes of your time. The certificate can be obtained online through a Business Entity Search and will involve the payment of a $22 filing fee by credit card. That being said, if you represent a non-profit corporation, you will only need to pay $7. Filers will be able to save $2 requesting their certificate in person at the Business Services Division of the Department of State. The same is true if you plan on requesting over the phone or by mail. Please continue down the page for a more detailed step-by-step walk-through.

How to Request (Online)

Step 1- As previously mentioned, the act of requesting a Certificate of Good Standing begins with a searching for a business name. This can be accomplished by navigating to this webpage and entering your business name into the provided field. Click Search after this.


Step 2- A list should appear of all the businesses whose names resemble the one entered on the previous page. Once you’ve found your business, click on the entity name to advance to the next step.


Step 3- As you will be needing the ID number, take a second to copy it before clicking Request a Certificate.


Step 4- On the next page, you will need to paste the ID into the first field then select the certificate type before clicking Add. Once this has been accomplished you can add any special filing instructions before providing the requisite contact information.


Step 5- You will be able to review the information that you’ve submitted before clicking Accept.


Step 6- On this page, you will be able to click Enter Credit Card Details to proceed.


Step 7- You will be able to choose between payment by credit card or payment by subscriber account. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ve chosen credit card payment.


Step 8- You will have to supply the customer information as follows:

  • Country
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Full address
  • Email
  • Phone number


Step 9- The next page will have you submitting your billing information before clicking Next to review the data you’ve provided and officially submit the payment. The processing time for the online request is two days after which you will need to either pick the certificate up from the offices or have it mailed to you.


 Alternative Delivery Methods

Filers may also choose to submit their documents in person, the filing fee ranging from $5 to $20 depending on the type of entity who’s certificate is being requested. All you will need to do is visit the offices (address displayed below) and request one over the counter. Furthermore, a request can be mailed to the same address with an attached check covering the filing fee. As a third option, you may also request over the phone using this number: (401) 222-3040. The processing time for this last option is 2 days and you will need to pick up the certificate from the office while paying the fee.

Office of the Secretary of State: Corporations Division

148 W. River Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02904-2615

How to (Video)