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Whether you’re searching for the right Rhode Island business name or registering your LLC with the Secretary of State, we can help. We’ve got all the information you need on a Rhode Island business entity search, LLC naming rules, fictitious names and registering your business.

Rhode Island Secretary of State Business Search

You should start naming your business by completing a Rhode Island business entity search with the Secretary of State. They have a helpful tool on their website that lets you search the register of RI LLCs and corporations to see if someone already has your desired business name.

If the business name is already used, that means it’s not available and you won’t be able to register it. Try searching for a different business name instead.

Rhode Island Secretary of State Business Name Search Tool

Rhode Island SOS Rules for Naming LLCs

Once you’ve decided on a name for your LLC and checked business name availability, you’ll need to meet Rhode Island Secretary of State naming rules. These do vary from state to state — we’ve got naming rules below.

Fictitious Names for Rhode Island LLCs

You might choose to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In Rhode Island, doing business under a different name is known as a “Fictitious” or “Doing Business As (DBA)” name. You might choose to use a different name from your formal LLC name for a variety of reasons.

For example, your LLC might be called Rhode Island Textile Mills Holding Company LLC and you have a brand called Cotton Concepts. You should file a fictitious name form to let the Rhode Island Secretary of State know. In Rhode Island, you do that through a Fictitious Business Name Statement form, or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf through our Assumed Business Name service.

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Register Your Business Name with the Rhode Island Secretary of State

Once you’ve searched for your Rhode Island business name, checked availability, followed the naming rules and decided whether you need a fictitious name, you can register your RI LLC name. There are a couple of ways to do this.

  • 1

    If you don’t want to form your LLC right now, you can reserve the business name with the Rhode Island Secretary of State through their website. You do not need to reserve a name if you are forming your business right away.


    Rhode Island SOS LLC Name Reservation Form

  • 2

    If you’re ready to start your LLC, you can formally file your Articles of Organization with the Rhode Island SOS, or let Incfile take care of it for you.

FAQs on Naming Your Rhode Island LLC

You might find the following answers useful.

Useful Resources for Naming Your Rhode Island LLC

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Trademarks and Service Marks

You must be careful that your Rhode Island LLC name does not infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to make sure your proposed business name does not infringe is to carry out a trademark search through Incfile. If it doesn’t infringe, you can even register it as a trademark yourself.

Incfile Trademark Search and Registration Service

Find the Perfect Name for Your Rhode Island LLC

The perfect business name can be elusive. We have a complete guide to choosing the right business name, but basically, you'll want to choose a name that will:

  • Appeal to your customers
  • Be memorable enough to stand out
  • Best represent your product or services
  • Not be used by another business
Incfile Guide to Choosing a Business Name

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Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

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