Rhode Island Department of State Business Search Instructions

Last Updated on January 30, 2024

Rhode Island state mapThe Business Services Division of the Rhode Island Department of State has records of every detail that you would want of a corporate entity. Every other corporate or business entity that has been registered with the Rhode Island SOS has every minute details of it recorded in the registry. Beginning with the filing to the present status, you can have them all in one registry. The entities in the registry include:

  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Limited Liability Partnership
  • Limited Companies
  • Limited Partnership

How To Do A Rhode Island Business Entity Search

A proper search method is required to get access to every minute detail in the corporation registry of the Secretary of State of Rhode Island. The online business search, properly combined with our easy-to-follow, step-by-step process, will bring you results within no time.

Related: How to start an LLC in Rhode Island

With access to extensive search options, keeping handy at least one of the following would help you in your search:

  • Entity Name
  • Filing number
  • Identification Number
  • Individual
  • Purpose
  • Business Address
  • Agent

Read on to understand the process better:

Search by Business Name

Step 1 – Visit the Rhode Island Department of State website to go to the search page which looks similar to the screenshot below.
How to do a Rhode Island Business Entity Search

Step 2 – Consider you want to search by entity name. Key in the entity name, say Clock Tower in the field. The screenshot illustrates the step with clarity.
Rhode Island Business Name Search

Step 3 – Specify the search type, Begins With, Exact Match, Soundex or Full Text.  We will use “Begins with” for this example.

Step 4 – Click on the search button, and the result page will appear with a list of entities and details, as shown in the screenshot below.
Rhode Island Entity search Results

Step 5 – Click on the entity name to view detailed information about the same. In this example, we will look up Clock Tower LLC.

Available information includes:

  • Business Name
  • ID Number
  • Entity Type (Corporation, Limited Liability Company, etc)
  • Date of Organization
  • Effective Date
  • Principal Office Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Registered Agent Information
  • Business Purpose
  • Board of Directors / Members
  • NAICS Code

Additionally, you can download copies of the Annual Report, Articles of Organization (LLC), Articles of Incorporation (Corporation), Reservation of Entity Name, and more.

For a small fee, the Certificate of Good Standing, Certificate of Status, or Certificate of Name Change can be ordered.

Rhode Island Corporation Name Search Details

Search by Identification Number

If you know the 9-digit Identification Number assigned by the Department of State to the business entity (not the Employer Identification Number from the IRS), enter that number in the field.

Search by Filing Number

If you have the 12-digit Filing Number, enter to search by this number.

Search by Individual

You can also search by an individual’s name.  This can be especially handy when trying to see all the companies an individual has ties to.

Search by Agent

A search can be done by a Rhode Island Registered Agent.  As Registered Agents can file for several companies, this list can be long.

Search by Business Address

Another search is by entering the physical street address of the business you are looking for.

Search by Purpose

There is also a unique search where you can look up businesses by their purpose statement.  This is a user-generated statement, so keyword selection is important if you are looking for a particular business with this search.

Business Licenses

The business name registration is different from a business license in Rhode Island.  The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation has more information regarding Rhode Island business licenses.

Also see: How to do a Rhode Island UCC search

Information on SOS Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island sos seal

The Office:

The Department of State of Rhode Island is one of the constitutional offices in the US state of Rhode Island that is involved with a number of public affairs of the state. It is an elected office for a term of 4 years. The current office holder is Nellie Gorbea.


The Rhode Island Department of State of Rhode Island is the custodian of the seal of the state and has the power to authorize different governmental documents by using the seal. He looks after the state’s public affairs and is also responsible for guarding public records and archives. The following are the five divisions which the Secretary of the State is in charge of:

  • Elections and Civics Division
  • Corporations Division
  • Public Information Division
  • Rhode Island State Archives
  • Rhode Island State Library

Department of State Contact Information

148 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904-2615


State Business Name Search Instructions


How much does it cost to do a business search in Rhode Island?

There is no cost to search for businesses using the Rhode Island business search database.