Search for and Register Your Rhode Island LLC Name
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.
The business name you have chosen cannot be used by any other LLC or corporation in the state of Rhode Island. This is why you should check business name availability on the RI SOS website.
It’s not enough for your LLC name to be unique. It also cannot be similar to the name of a corporation or LLC in Rhode Island. For example, you cannot use the following factors to say your name is different from the name of another business:
- Suffixes, such as Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp., Co., Inc., Ltd., LLC, etc.
- Definite articles like “A,” “And,” “An,” “&,” “The,” etc.
- The singular, plural or possessive forms of a word
- Abbreviations, punctuation, symbols, fonts, typefaces, etc.
All LLCs must have the words “Limited Liability Company,” “L.L.C.” or “LLC” in their name. These words should normally come at the end of the name.
Most states will not allow you to form LLCs with names that:
- Are very similar to the name of a federal or RI agency or organization (e.g., FBI, FDA, Rhode Island Department of Revenue, Rhode Island Police, Treasury, etc.)
- Suggest affiliation with a federal or state agency or organization
- Use the term “Olympic” or any terms that are trademarks of the Olympic organization
- Imply a purpose that it would be illegal for your business to carry out
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.Incfile's DBA/Fictitious Name Service
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.
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.
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.
Just go to the business name search tool and enter your proposed business name. You can search the register of the Rhode Island Secretary of State, which will tell you if there are any corporations or LLCs with that name.
Yes. Yes. Most LLCs will be bound by general rules (applicable to all LLCs) and specific rules (applicable in the state of Rhode Island). We’ve detailed these rules above.
Yes. Known as “assumed names,” “fictitious names,” “doing business as names” or “trade names,” you can choose to conduct business under a different name. Details are above.
Yes. The Rhode Island Secretary of State allows you to reserve a name if you don’t want to start your business immediately. Details are above. If you are ready to start your business now, you do not need to reserve a name.
Useful Resources for Naming Your Rhode Island LLC
You might find these other resources helpful.
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