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Business Certificates – DBA

Who must file?

  • Any person, whether individually or as a partnership, conducting business under any title other than the complete real name of the owner(s).
  • Any corporation doing business in a name other than its corporate name.  The certificate must be completed and filed by a corporate officer.

Where does one file and is there a fee?

File with the Town Clerk, in person, in every Town or City where an office of said business may be situated.  The fee for a business certificate is $20, payable by cash or check.

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 of the location where the business is conducted, a form must be filed with the office of the Town Clerk.

Does a Business Certificate expire?

A business certificate is in full force and effect for four (4) years from the date of issue.  A new filing must be made every four years as long as the business is being conducted.

Does the Certificate have to be displayed?

No. However, you must provide a copy upon request.

More information:

  • Filing a business certificate at the town level does not protect your name as a corporate filing or a trademark registration does, it merely allows consumers and/or creditors to identify the names of the actual owners of a business.  This filing is required by state law.
  • A business certificate does not give you permission to operate your business either, it only registers the name.
  • It is your responsibility to obtain all appropriate permits and/or licenses for your business from the building department, licensing authority and board of health.

Contact the Town Clerk’s office with any questions: 413-268-8236 x107, clerk@goshen-ma.us

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