Education about Rhode Island Certified Copies
What are Rhode Island certified copies?
Rhode Island certified copies are a true and correct copy of business filings, which can obtained from the Rhode Island Secretary of State. Articles of incorporation are the most commonly certified document. Articles of amendment or annual reports may also be certified.
The Rhode Island Secretary of State issues certified copies with an endorsement, stamp, or certificate. Certified copies are sometimes required to secure a bank loan, apply for a certificate of authority, and obtain business licenses.
What documents can be certified?
You can typically have most corporate filings certified, including:
- Articles of formation
- Articles of amendment
- Certificate of authority
- Annual filings, such as annual reports
- Fictitious name or DBA registration
- Dissolution and withdrawals
Where can I obtain Rhode Island certified copies?
Only the Rhode Island Secretary of State can issue Rhode Island certified copies. It is possible to obtain certified copies yourself using the contact information below.Rhode Island Secretary of State
148 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904-2615
Phone: (401) 222-3040
Fax: (401) 222-3879
Name Search: http://business.sos.ri.gov/CorpWeb/CorpSearch/CorpSearch.aspx
Online Filing: http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/Business-Portal/file-online