Rhode Island Certificate of Authority Filing Service
Foreign Corporation in Rhode Island
If you own a corporation based in another state and want to conduct business in Rhode Island, you will need a Rhode Island Certificate of Authority from the State of Rhode Island. This is obtained by filing as a foreign corporation with the Corporations Division of the Rhode Island Secretary of State. After you submit your forms, the State of Rhode Island will return a filed certificate of authority to you. A Rhode Island foreign corporation should not be confused with an out-of-country corporation. Any corporation not actually formed (created) in the State of Rhode Island is called a foreign corporation.
We only charge $100 plus the Rhode Island state filing fee to prepare and file the foreign Rhode Island corporation Certificate of Authority form to the Corporations Division of the Rhode Island Secretary of State. We also will obtain the paperwork needed from your home state of incorporation to submit your paperwork.
If you want to do the filing yourself: you just need to sign up for our registered agent service in Rhode Island and the foreign corporation form is already in your client account immediately. There are also some filing tips on how to make the filing with the state. Your business needs to have an Rhode Island registered agent anyway, so we try to make the process simple and easy for you, whether you want us to submit your papers or you want to do the filing yourself.
How do I sign up?
Simply sign up for registered agent service first. You then can look at the foreign corporation form in your online account and also at the included filing tips. If you don’t want to do the filing yourself, you just click the “add services” tab from your account, and add our filing services for the state filing fees plus $100. You can see real time status of our work in progress in your online account at all times. Once we are done with your Rhode Island foreign corporation registration, we always store the filing to your online account, email you a copy, and mail you the original filed documents.