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.
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org