How Do I Form A Corporation in Rhode Island?


We make it easy to start your corporation in Rhode Island. DBI Global Filings will handle all aspects of forming your corporation. Here is what we do for you:

  • Check your company name for availability with the Rhode Island Secretary of State
  • Prepare and review the certificate of incorporation
  • Provide an Rhode Island registered agent office and legal address
  • Submit initial corporation filing fee to Rhode Island
  • Notify you of any annual compliance requirements

Here is some basic information for your review.

How do I set up a corporation in Rhode Island?

  1. Select a company name. Your entity name must be distinguishable from any name on file in this office. The name must also include one of the following words or abbreviations: Corporation, Corp., Incorporated, Inc., Company, Co., Limited, or Ltd.  
  2. State the total number of authorized shares, class and par value of each share.
  3. State a filing date. The filing date can be up to 90 days in advance.
  4. State the purpose of the corporation.
  5. You can also have other provisions named.

Can I reserve a corporation name in advance of formation?

Yes. A name may be reserved for a period of 120 days. There is a $50 filing fee to reserve a corporation name.

Does Rhode Island need a duration listed on the certificate of formation?

Yes. Rhode Island permits a "perpetual" duration.

Do I need to list a corporation purpose on the certificate of formation?

Yes. Rhode Island permits a general purpose statement.

How much does it cost for a corporation in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island charges an initial filing fee of $230.

Are there any annual renewal fees in Rhode Island?

Yes. Every domestic and foreign limited liability company registered to do business in Rhode Island shall file an annual report due between January 1 and March 1. The annual report fee is $50. There is a $25 late fee.

How long does it take to get a corporation in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island takes about 3-4 business days to setup your corporation and receive your formation certificate.

How do I get an EIN number in Rhode Island?

Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) are issued by the Internal Revenue Service. States do not issue EIN numbers.

What does DBI Global Filings do? How much do you charge?

Upon receiving your order, we prepare the articles of formation, ensure that the information complies with Rhode Island state law, and review the filing for accuracy. We charge a one-time processing fee and an annual registered agent fee. Our processing fees are listed on our order form.

Information about other states is available by selecting a state from the menu below. Visit Rhode Island website for more detailed information about incorporating. Thank you for your interest in forming a Rhode Island corporation.


Our Incorporation Specialists are available by telephone, email or live chat.

Why order a corporation from DBI Global Filings, LLC?

  • Easy to order online, by phone or live chat
  • Transparent pricing -- our processing fee plus state fees -- no hidden fees
  • Experienced document retrieval staff
  • Same business day processing in most cases
  • Email and/or hard copy delivery
  • All major credit cards, Western Union and bank wires accepted
  • In business since 1986
  • Lifetime customer support

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