How to file a DBA in Rhode Island
Filing a Rhode Island DBA ('doing business as'), also known as an 'assumed name', is a simple process
Read below for answers to your questions about DBAs, plus important details and links, why you might consider filing an assumed name (DBA), and how a DBA can help or hurt you. If you need to research how to file a DBA in another U.S. state or territory, select it below.
Do I need a DBA in Rhode Island?
Rhode Island does not require that sole proprietorships, general partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs), limited liability partnerships (LLPs), or out-of-state companies that regularly transact business in Rhode Island under a name different from their legal name, file a DBA with the Rhode Island Department of State. But, business owners should consider registering a DBA anyway because it will help with banking under a fictitious name, and will help protect you when you enter into contracts under a fictitious name. And if the name under which you conduct business is already taken in Rhode Island, you must conduct business under a different name.