Step 1) Get a Copy of the Fictitious Business Name Statement

WebsiteFirst head on over to the Rhode Island Secretary of State as well as the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to ensure your name isn’t already taken, too similar to another, and there are no trademark issues.

After the business name’s been validated, obtain a copy of the Fictitious Business Name Statement through the Secretary of State website.


Step 2) Fill In the Fictitious Business Name Statement

Create an Operating AgreementThe instructions are included that tell you step by step what needs to be done so you shouldn’t have a problem. Aside from the exact dates of corporation and qualification, you’ll need basic info like:


Step 3) File the Fictitious Business Name Statement

Mail in the FormOnce you have the Fictitious Business Name Statement notarized you can send it on in through the mail. Make sure to a) get a copy for your records, and b) confirm your filing through the instructions on the form.

Filing Fee: $50.00 “via cash, credit card, or check at the Business Services Division, or by mail to the Business Services Division via check made payable to the R.I. Department of State.


Note that this is an informational guide only, and it should not be treated as a legal document or advice. For more details on filing a DBA in Rhode Island, consult the expertise of a business lawyer.

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