Last updated June 11, 2021

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How to Form an LLC in Rhode Island

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This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Rhode Island.

Detailed Lessons:


Rhode Island LLC costs:
LLC formation: $150 (one-time fee)
Annual report: $50 (every year)

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Here is a quick overview on starting an LLC in Rhode Island

How to Form an LLC in Rhode IslandA Rhode Island Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a legal structure used to protect your personal assets (home, car, bank account) in the event your business is sued.

A Rhode Island LLC can be used to operate a business, or it can be used to hold assets (such as real estate, vehicles, boats, or aircraft).

Forming an LLC in Rhode Island is simple. Search your Rhode Island LLC name in the state database and select your Rhode Island Registered Agent.

Then file your Articles of Organization with the Rhode Island Secretary of State and wait for your LLC to be approved.

You can file your LLC by mail, online, or walk-in filing. The RI LLC filing fee is $150 in all 3 cases.

If you file by mail, your Rhode Island LLC will be approved in 2-3 business days. If you file online, your Rhode Island LLC will be approved in 1-2 business days. If you do the walk-in filing, your Rhode Island LLC will be approved in a few hours (or less).

After your Rhode Island LLC is approved, complete your Operating Agreement and get your Federal Tax ID Number (aka EIN) from the IRS. We provide a free operating agreement template and your EIN from the IRS is also free.

In order to keep your Rhode Island LLC in compliance with the RI Secretary of State, you need to file an Annual Report each year. The state fee is $50.

We’ve created a free course that will walk you through forming your Rhode Island LLC, step-by-step.

You can find the detailed lessons linked at the top of this page.

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Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)

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Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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