Rhode Island Business Name Search

Getting Started

In the early stages of your business, you’ll need to come up with a name that is easily recognizable, easy to remember and that is relevant to the purpose of your business. You’ll also need to follow any guidelines the state may have, that way the name you’ve chosen will be more likely to be accepted.

The Name Availability Guidelines For Domestic Entities page on the Rhode Island Secretary of State website provides the information you’ll need to get started on developing your name. Once you have come up with some options, we’ll also walk you through running a database search to make sure your name isn’t already taken.

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Search business name availability

Once you’ve generated some name ideas, it’s time to start checking their availability. Luckily, the Rhode Island Secretary of State website offers a Business Name Search page that allows you to look up your desired name to find out whether or not it is already taken.

Using this search, you’ll be able to look up currently existing entities by name, agent name, ID number, Filing number and more. That way you can get all the information you need about businesses that may have similar names, and what markets they may be presenting to. It’s a great way to figure out whether or not your name is likely to be available for your use.

Rhode Island Secretary of State Office


Phone: (401) 222-3040

Email: corporations@sos.ri.gov

Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

You have a couple of options when it comes to reserving a name for your business. That way, those with different preferences can still complete the paperwork they need. For many, the simplest option includes using the online filing system to complete the application. You’ll need to do this through the Business Services Online Filing System.

Useful information:

– For those who prefer a paper format, the application for reservation of name is also available in a printable PDF.

– The fee for filing a reservation of name can depend on your business type, so make sure that you select the correct options and provide the corresponding fee amount.

Before you get started on filing a reservation of name application, it’s a good idea to make sure you’ll have all the information on hand that the form requires.

The following information will be useful for this form:

– Your business type

– The name you wish to reserve

– Name and address of the applicant

– Applicant’s signature, and the date signed

– An included check or money order for the fee amount


(Source: Rhode Island Application For Reservation Of Entity Name)

If your ideal business name is already in use, your best option is to head back to the drawing board in search of something unique and available.

While it may be tempting to opt for a name that sounds similar to a company that is already well known, this can cause problems between you and the existing business, your name may not be approved, or you may cause confusion and frustration for customers.

If you’re set on the name you have chosen, you can also contact the Secretary of State office to see what your options are. You may be able to come up with something that isn’t far away from your original choice.

If you’re still unable to find a business name that suits you, try using our business name generator to get unique name ideas (click here to find our business name generator).

Registering your business Domain/website

Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to check if the domain name is available for your business. The last thing you want is to register your business name and find out another competitor or company already has a website with your name! Use our domain check below to instantly check availability.

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