Business Certificates - DBA

FILING A BUSINESS CERTIFICATE

(MASS GENERAL LAWS, CHAPTER 110, SECTION 5)

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?

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 City 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.

Fees

Business Certificates Filing and Renewals cost $40.00 and are good for four years.

  • Complete the form above 
  • SIGN BEFORE THE CITY CLERK OR A NOTARY PUBLIC
  • Mail or deliver with a check payable to the City of Amesbury to:
    City Clerks Office
    62 Friend Street
    Amesbury, MA 01913