Education about Massachusetts Certified Copies
What are Massachusetts certified copies?
Massachusetts certified copies are a true and correct copy of business filings, which can obtained from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. Articles of incorporation are the most commonly certified document. Articles of amendment or annual reports may also be certified.
The Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth issues certified copies with an endorsement, stamp, or certificate. Certified copies are sometimes required to secure a bank loan, apply for a certificate of authority, and obtain business licenses.
What documents can be certified?
You can typically have most corporate filings certified, including:
- Articles of formation
- Articles of amendment
- Certificate of authority
- Annual filings, such as annual reports
- Fictitious name or DBA registration
- Dissolution and withdrawals
Where can I obtain Massachusetts certified copies?
Only the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth can issue Massachusetts certified copies. It is possible to obtain certified copies yourself using the contact information below.Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
McCormack Building, One Ashburton Place 17th floor
Boston, MA 2108
Phone: 1-800-392-6090 (within Massachusetts) or 617-727-7030
Name Search: http://corp.sec.state.ma.us/corpweb/corpsearch/CorpSearch.aspx
Online Filing: https://corp.sec.state.ma.us/corp/loginsystem/login_form.asp?FilingMethod=I