Individuals looking to form a corporation in Rhode Island will be expected to, in essence, complete and submit a filing, much as they would for any other entity type across the United States. Those filing domestic profit, benefit, or non-profit corporations will be able to file online while all other filers must submit through the mail. Below you will find a condensed filing tutorial with links to more in-depth guides which include application links and PDF document uploads. A table of filing fees is located just below for your convenience.

  • Domestic Profit Corporation- $230
  • Domestic Benefit Corporation- $230 
  • Domestic Professional Corporation- $230
  • Domestic Benefit Professional Corporation- $230
  • Domestic Non-Profit Corporation- $35
  • Foreign Profit Corporation- $310
  • Foreign Non-Profit Corporation- $50

How to File

Step 1- When registering your business, it is always a good idea to perform a quick preliminary check of the Department of State name database to ensure that the name you plan on filing with is indeed available for use. This can be done through the use of  Business Entity Search. Furthermore you can use the Name Reservation to prevent other entities from filing using your name for a period of 120 days. The filing fee associated with a name reservation is $50.

Step 2- When satisfied that your chosen business name is adherent to state law, you will be able to proceed with the actual registration process. Click on the link below that corresponds with your entity type to learn more about the exact requirements.

Step 3- Once you’ve completed the filing forms, you will be able to attach to the filing any certificates that the Department of State has deemed necessary and the filing fee associated with your entity type. Send the whole filing package in the male to the below address or simply submit it online with the payment by credit card.

Department of State: Business Services Division

148 W. River Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02904-2615

Tips

EIN – If you are filing as a domestic corporation, it is necessary that you apply for an Employer Identification Number following the acceptance of your filing forms to ensure that the IRS and federal government recognize you as a legitimate, tax withholding entity. Once obtained, you will be able to open bank accounts under the company name, apply for loans and otherwise perform all varieties of financial transaction. For more information on the applying process, both Online and PDF, click on the heading of this paragraph.

Corporate Bylaw– The corporate bylaw of a corporation is an internal document which has been agreed upon by all applicable officials which binds the members of the entity to a certain set of financial and logistical regulations. Please follow the link to the left for more information and to gain access to our bylaws template, designed specially for Rhode Island and available in both MS Word and PDF formatting.

Renewal– Corporations are required to renew each year through the submission of an annual report form to the Department of State. On this form is very basic information about the company’s officials, the principle place of business, the registered agent and essentially all data already submitted in the application/formation documents. When filing, you will have the option of doing so online or through the mail with the use of a PDF. The former of the two options requires that filers have a pre-existing online account with the Department of State through which they can submit their report. Otherwise, filers will be able to download the annual report form for benefit corporations here, profit here and non-profit here. Once completed, you will need to attach to it a check made out to the Department of State covering the full filing fee ($50 for profit entities, $20 for non profit and $60 for benefit). The address below should be used when sending in this document.

Department of State: Business Services Division

148 W. River Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02904-2615

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