Rhode Island DBA / Fictitious Name / Trade Name Registrations

Registration requirements for Rhode Island business entities

Business entities that plan to use a name other than their legal business name may need to register an assumed name. Assumed name registration can take place at the state, local, or state and local levels of government. State specific registration information is available below.

Rhode Island Fictitious Name Registrations

Rhode Island Fictitious Name Registration

Is registration mandatory?

Filing a fictitious name registration is required for most business entity types, and some entities may need to file at both the state and county level.

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level, however, businesses may need to file an assumed name registration in the city of principal business activity.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?

Registration of an assumed name does not offer name protection by itself, however, names must be distinguishable from other names on record with the department.

Agency:Rhode Island Secretary of State

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$20 for nonprofits and $50 for business corporations, LLCs, and limited partnerships.

Is registration mandatory?:

Filing a fictitious name registration is required for most business entity types, and some entities may need to file at both the state and county level.

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level, however, businesses may need to file an assumed name registration in the city of principal business activity.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:

Registration of an assumed name does not offer name protection by itself, however, names must be distinguishable from other names on record with the department.

Notes:
  • Publication of registration is not required in Rhode Island.

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Registrations do not currently expire.

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