How to Find Business Records in Rhode Island State
Rhode Island State Business Records
How to Search For Rhode Island State Business Records
Searching for Rhode Island state’s business records involves only one
simple stop at the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s website. The steps
below will give you a short overview on how to find Rhode Island
business records using the Secretary of State’s website database.
How to Search the Database
1. Start your records search by going to the Rhode Island Secretary of
State’s website. This website is located at
2. Across the top of this page will be a horizontal site menu (it will
be located directly underneath the page header). On this menu will be
several links, one of which will be labeled ‘Corporations’ (it will be
the fourth option from the right).
3. Once you are on the corporations page, you will see a site menu along
the left hand side. This vertical site menu will be split into four
different sections: ‘Corporations’, ‘Quick Links’, ‘Miscellaneous
Filings’, and ‘Language’. You will want to locate the second section,
which is labeled ‘Quick Links’.
4. Under the ‘Quick Links’ section, click on the ‘Corporate Database’
link (it will be the second option within this section).
5. From there, you will be taken to a form that you need to fill in to
start your search query. On this form, you will have the option to fill
in the corporation status, the “look in” option (selections include
corporation name, corporation ID, agent name, officer name, purpose
statement, or street address), the search terms you are looking for, and
the search type (selections include show records with all of the above
terms, show records with any of the above terms, or perform a search
using Boolean operators).
6. Once you have entered in the criteria you want to search for, click
7. You will then be transported to a page that lists your search
results. These results, which will include any corporations registered
in Rhode Island that match your search criteria, will be sorted by how
relevant they are to your search term(s).This list will state each
corporations name, the corporation ID, the charter, the abandoned date
(if any), and the company type.
8. To learn more information about an individual company, click on their
9. Doing this will take you to the details page for that company. Here
you can find out the company’s ID number, the company’s purpose, their
status, their charter, their chapter, the state they are located in, the
duration, the file date, the effective date, the last report date, any
annual report images that are available (categorized per year), their
SIC code, their authorized shares, their business address, the name and
address of their registered agent, the primary officer’s title, name,
and address, and any application event information.
10. By clicking on the links under the ‘event information‘ section, you
can find out more about the company’s corporation filing activities
(including each file date and effective date of those filings), any
fictitious name filing activities (including the keywords for, file date
of, and abandon date of the fictitious name filings), and any mergers
(including the name of the non-surviving entity, when the merger was
filed, when the merger took effect).
Remember, these records are open to anyone and available at anytime. No
matter who you are, where you live, or why you need to find a record on
a registered Rhode Island business, you will have access to this useful
database. There is no need to even register your name and/or e-mail
address, give out your identity, or sign up for a password -- just type
the URL into your browser and get instant access anytime.
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