Business Certificate

/DocumentCenter/View/5568In accordance with MGL 110:5, any person conducting a business under a name other than his/her own name is required to file a Business Certificate with the Town Clerk’s office. The business should be registered at the address where business will be conducted.

These certificates are also known as “D.B.A.’s” or “Doing Business As”.


  • Business Name
  • Business Address
  • Names of all owners of business
  • Addresses of all owners of business
  • Description of Business

All businesses are required to fill out a form in order to acquire a business certificate. The certificate is valid for four years. After the four year period, the business is required to renew or discontinue their certificate. Effective January 1st, 2020 the cost of a Business Certificate will be $30.00. 


Most financial institutions require a copy of the Business Certificate prior to opening a business banking account.

For information about the process of incorporating your business, contact the Corporations Division of the Secretary of State, at 617-727-9640 or navigate through the Corporations Division website for general information.

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