What is a Rhode Island Good Standing Certificate and why do I need one?

A Rhode Island Good Standing Certificate is a one-page document issued by the Rhode Island Secretary of State which includes information which indicates whether or not a business is allowed to legally conduct business in the state of Rhode Island.

A RI Good Standing Certificate is often required for loans, to renew business licenses, or for tax or other business purposes in the state of Rhode Island or in any other state. One of the most common reasons that ypu might need a RI Good Standing Certificate is to apply to do business in a state other than Rhode Island.

See our  Rhode Island Good Standing Information  page if you would like more specific information.

OTHER NAMES FOR A RHODE ISLAND GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE

  • RI Certificate of Existence
  • RI Certificate of Authority
  • RI Certificate of Status
  • RI Certificate of Subsistence
  • RI Certificate of Qualification
  • RI Certificate of Compliance
  • RI Certificate of Standing
  • RI Certificate of Authorization
  • RI Certificate of Fact
  • RI Letter of Good Standing
  • RI Letter of Status

Example of a Rhode Island Certificate of Good Standing

Example of a Rhode Island Good Standing Certificate

What does it say on a Rhode Island Good Standing Certificate?

I SECRETARY OF STATE NAME, Secretary of State of the State of Rhode Island, do hereby certify that COMPANY NAME is a Rhode Island Corporation registered to transact business in Rhode Island on FORMATION DATE. I further certify that all fees and documents required by the Secretary of State's office have been received and is in good standing as far as this office is concerned.

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How much does it cost for a Rhode Island Certificate of Good Standing?

Total cost for a Rhode Island Good Standing Certificate depends on the type of company and how fast you need the Certificate. Choose your options on our Rhode Island Good Standing Certificate Cost Calculator to determine exactly how much your Certificate will cost. With our Rhode Island Good Standing Certificate services there are no hidden charges, surprise fees or any sign-ups required to get your Certificate.
*next and same day service for orders received before 1 PM Rhode Island time (excludes weekends and holidays). Priority price includes scanned and emailed copy of Rhode Island Good Standing Certificate and USPS First Class delivery.

Need a Rhode Island Good Standing Certificate to register your RI Company in another state?

A Corporation, LLC, LP or LLP that is registered in the state of Rhode Island may require a Rhode Island Good Standing Certificate to qualify as a "Foreign Corporation" in a state other than Rhode Island.

A Foreign Corporation is a Corporation that is registered with a state agency, usually the Secretary of State, in one state and has the Authority to do business in another state. For example, a Corporation registered in the state of California that plans to do business in the state of Rhode Island is a "Domestic Corporation" in California and a "Foreign Corporation" in the state of Rhode Island.

Need a Rhode Island Certificate of Good Standing for a RI Attorney?

If you are a Rhode Island Attorney or if you need to find out if a Rhode Island Attorney is in Good Standing with the highest court in the state of Rhode Island, then you will need a Good Standing Certificate from the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

If you are a Rhode Island Attorney who plans to practice in the US District Court system then you may need a Good Standing Certificate from the U.S. District Court for District of Rhode Island.

Need a Rhode Island Good Standing Certificate for RI Tax Compliance?

If you need to verify that all outstanding tax liabilities for a Rhode Island Corporation or Rhode Island LLC have been paid then you need a Rhode Island Tax Status Compliance Certificate.

A Rhode Island Tax Status Compliance Certificate is issued by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue and is sometimes called a Tax Clearance Certificate, an Entity Status Letter, a Certificate of Account Status or a Tax Good Standing Certificate.

RHODE ISLAND STATE CONTACT INFORMATION

RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS SERVICES

GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE INFORMATION FOR ANY STATE

Rhode Island Secretary of State
  • 82 Smith Street
  • Providence, RI 02903-1120
  • Tel:  401-222-2357

Rhode Island Department of Revenue

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training