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Form a Rhode Island DBA



Time to make that business name you've been using a legal one. File your DBA Statement today, and let LegalZoom do all the work. A DBA, or Doing Business As, statement lets you open bank accounts, process transactions and legally function with the business name you've created. Also known as a fictitious business name, a DBA is next step you need to make your business work for you.



RHODE ISLAND STATUTORY GUIDELINES

LegalZoom.com customizes your legal DBA filing to comply with local requirements, no matter where you live. However, if you're interested in the specifics, they are listed below.

For corporations, LLCs, and limited partnerships, names are prohibited that have the same as or deceptively similar to the name of any domestic corporation, any domestic limited partnership or any domestic LLC existing under the laws of this state, or the name of any foreign corporation, foreign limited partnership or foreign LLC authorized to transact business in the state, or any corporate name filed, reserved or registered under this title. For limited partnerships, it may not contain the name of a limited partner unless it is also the name of a general partner or the corporate name of a corporate general partner, and the business of the limited partnership had been carried on under that name before the admission of that limited partner.

Failure to register a corporation, LLC, or limited partnership may not maintain any action upon or on account of any contract made, or transaction had, in the DBA in any court of this state until a DBA statement has been filed.

For corporations, one must provide the name of the applicant corporation and the state or territory under the laws of which it is incorporated, the date of its incorporation, write a brief statement of the business in which it is engaged, and provide the address of its registered office within the state. For an LLC, one must provide the name of the applicant LLC, the state or other jurisdiction in which the LLC is organized, and the date of the LLC's organization. For a limited partnership, one must provide the the name of the applicant limited partnership or foreign limited partnership, and the state and date of its formation.

When filing a DBA for a corporation, it must be filed in duplicate with the Secretary of State (on forms to be furnished by the Secretary of State), and must be executed by an officer of the corporation. For an LLC, it must be filed in duplicate with the Secretary of State, and executed by an authorized person of the domestic LLC or by a person with authority to do so under the laws of the state or other jurisdiction of its organization. For a limited partnership, it must be filed in duplicate with the Secretary of State, and executed, in the case of a domestic limited partnership, by an authorized person and, in the case of a foreign limited partnership, by a person with authority to do so under the laws of the state or other jurisdiction of its formation.

For corporations, LLCs and limited partnerships, the DBA statement expires upon the filing of the statement of abandonment of use of a DBA registered in accordance with this section or upon the dissolution of the applicant corporation. Also for corporations, LLCs and limited partnerships, the statement of abandonment of use of a DBA under this section may be filed in duplicate with the Secretary of State (on forms furnished by the Secretary of State) and must be executed by an officer of the corporation and must state:
  • The DBA being abandoned
  • The date on which the original DBA statement being abandoned was filed
  • The name of the applicant corporation and the state or territory under the laws of which it is incorporated
  • The address of its registered office within the state