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Register a Foreign Nonprofit in Rhode Island

To register a foreign nonprofit in the State of Rhode Island, you must file an Application for Certificate of Authority for a Foreign Nonprofit Corporation with the Rhode Island Secretary of State. You can submit this document by mail or in person. The Application for Certificate of Authority for a Foreign Nonprofit Corporation for a Rhode Island foreign nonprofit corporation costs $50 to file. Below, we cover the most frequently asked questions about how to file the Application for Certificate of Authority for a Foreign Nonprofit Corporation and register a foreign nonprofit in Rhode Island. Or, you can simply sign up for our Rhode Island Foreign Nonprofit service, and we’ll take care of your registration ourselves!

Application for Certificate of Authority for a Foreign Nonprofit Corporation

Register your Rhode Island foreign nonprofit by filing an Application for Certificate of Authority for a Foreign Nonprofit Corporation.

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How do I register my foreign non-profit corporation in Rhode Island?

File an Application for Certificate of Authority for a Foreign Non-Profit Corporation with the Rhode Island Secretary of State. You can file by mail or in person.

What kind of information is required on the Rhode Island Certificate of Authority?

Include the following on the form:

  • Nonprofit corporation name.
  • Registered agent information.
  • Names and addresses of directors and officers.
  • A signature from the organization’s president or vice president, and a signature from the secretary or assistant secretary.
  • Nonprofit corporation’s purpose.
  • A Certificate of Good Standing from the nonprofit’s home state, dated within 60 days of the filing.

How much does it cost to qualify a foreign nonprofit in Rhode Island?

The filing fee is $50. You can pay with a check or money order.

Do I need any kind of paperwork from my home state?

Yes, you’ll need to attach a Certificate of Good Standing dated within 60 days of the filing.

Will I need a registered agent in Rhode Island for my foreign non-profit corporation?

Absolutely! When you hire Northwest Registered Agent as your registered agent in Rhode Island, it’s a flat rate of $125 a year, you’ll have an online account that tracks your report due dates, which states you’re registered in, when your yearly service with us is up, and any documents we receive locally for you are uploaded into your account immediately for complete viewing. If or when you get served with a lawsuit, we can email up to 4 people and your attorney at the same time for real time complete viewing of a lawsuit. You’ll receive annual report reminders. It’s the same price every year, and there are no weird fees or cancellation fees.

You’ll also see all the pre-populated forms and specific filing instructions on the thank you page, in your online account.

Does the Rhode Island registered agent need to sign the Certificate of Authority?

No. The registered agent doesn’t need to sign the certificate of authority.

Do foreign non-profit corporations need to file annual report?

Yes. The annual report for foreign nonprofit corporations in Rhode Island is due by the end of June each year. The annual report will be mailed to your registered agent. The filing fee is $20.

Additional Non-Profit Resources:

Rhode Island Non-Profit Tax Exemption

Rhode Island Charity Registration

Rhode Island contact info:

Rhode Island Secretary of State
Business Services
148 W. River Street
Providence, RI 02904-2615
Phone: (401) 222-3040
Website: www.sos.ri.gov

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