Title 7
Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships

Chapter 1.2
Rhode Island Business Corporation Act

Part 5
Office and Agent

R.I. Gen. Laws § 7-1.2-501

§ 7-1.2-501. Registered office and registered agent — Designation of registered agent without authority.

(a) Each corporation shall have and continuously maintain in this state:

(1) A registered office, which may be, but need not be, the same as its place of business.

(2) A registered agent, who may be:

(i) An individual resident in this state;

(ii) A domestic corporation, a domestic limited partnership, a domestic limited liability partnership, a domestic limited liability company; or

(iii) A foreign corporation, a foreign limited partnership, a foreign limited liability partnership or a foreign limited liability company authorized to transact business in this state, in each case, having a business office identical with the office of such registered agent which generally is open during normal business hours to accept service of process and otherwise perform the functions of a registered agent; provided, however, that in the case where the registered agent of a corporation is an attorney, the business address of the agent need not be identical with the registered office, but may be the usual business address of the attorney.

(b) Any incorporator, officer, agent, or servant of a corporation, who designates a registered agent for that corporation without the registered agent’s authority, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, may be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment of not more than one year, or both.

History of Section.
P.L. 2004, ch. 216, § 2; P.L. 2004, ch. 274, § 2; P.L. 2005, ch. 120, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 130, § 1.