Where does one file?

File with the City Clerk, either in person or by mail, in every Town or City where an office of said business may be situated. Filing a business certificate at the city 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.

The doing business as certificate must be submitted with the following items:

  • Worker’s Compensation form (if you have no employees, you may check off the appropriate box)

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.

Business Certificates Filing and Renewals cost $40 and are good for four years.

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