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Filing a Business Certificate

(Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 110, Section 5)

WHO MUST FILE?

  • Any person or persons conducting a business under any title other than the complete real name of the owner
  • Any corporation doing business in a name other than the corporate name

WHERE DOES ONE FILE?

  • With the City or Town Clerk in every city or town where an office of any such business is located

WHAT ABOUT A CHANGE?

  • Upon discontinuing, retiring or withdrawing from such business or in the case of a change of residence of such person or location of such business, such change must be filed with the clerk's office

DOES A BUSINESS CERTIFICATE EXPIRE?

  • Yes, a business certificate is in effect for four (4) years from the date of issue whereupon it must be renewed if the business continues to operate 

DO I HAVE TO DISPLAY THE CERTIFICATE?

  • No, however, a copy must be provided upon request during regular business hours to any person purchasing goods or services from such business

FEES

Business Certificate Filing (includes one certified copy).............................. $30.00
Withdrawals, Discontinuances, Changes (includes one certified copy)........ $ 5.00

PENALTIES

Violations of these provisions shall be subject to a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300.00) for each month during which such violation continues.

HOW TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE

All persons to be named on the certificate must be present to sign the certificate which is then certified