Massachusetts DBA / Fictitious Name / Trade Name Registrations

Registration requirements for Massachusetts business entities

Business entities that plan to use a name other than their legal business name may need to register an assumed name. Assumed name registration can take place at the state, local, or state and local levels of government. State specific registration information is available below.

Massachusetts General Business Licenses

Massachusetts Assumed Name Registration

Not required



DBA / Fictitious Name / Trade Name licensure is not required on the State level in Massachusetts.

In Massachusetts, business certificate registration is filed with the city or town clerk's office. There is no state-level fictitious name registration.

Law:

MA Gen Law ch 110 § 5

Registration Not Required

Not required



Local General Business Licenses

Abington Business Certificate

Agency:Abington Town Clerk’s Office (MA)

Initial Registration
Business Certificate

Form:

Business Certificate

Agency Fee:

$40

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business Certificate (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$40

Due:

Every 4 years from the date of issuance.

Fall River Business Certificate

Agency:Fall River City Clerk's Office (MA)

Initial Registration
Business Certificate

Form:

Business Certificate Form

Agency Fee:

$60

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business Certificate Form (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$60

Due:

Every 4 years from the date of filing.

Lynn Business Certificate

Agency:Lynn City Clerk's Office (MA)

Initial Registration
Business Certificate

Form:

Business Certificate Application

Agency Fee:

$40

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business Certificate Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$40

Due:

Every 4 years from the date of issuance.

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