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Massachusetts – DBA

Filling a Massachusetts DBA form

Any businessman doing his business in Massachusetts can get the DBA (Doing Business As), registered in his or her city where the business is located, though a businessman can reserve the new name at the state level.  As per the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 110, Section 5, DBA is required by “any person conducting business in the Commonwealth under any title other than the real name of the person conducting the business, whether individually or as a partnership.” A fine is levied if a person does not register his business name.

However rules for registering DBA differs for each city or state, so it is essential to find out these rules before starting the registration process.

 Benefits of Massachussetts DBA

  • It is very easy to fill out the form
  • You build trust and reputation among clients and in your market
  • Makes it easy for doing online business transactions with a different name

As filling of DBA is done at the local level, businesses should collect the forms from the local county clerks or you can also call the clerk’s office to mail you the form.  Registration form can also be downloaded from the respective city official sites.

Though registration of a DBA is done in your own city or state, the corporation created with the Secretary of State, is not a mandatory requirement.

DBA Registration should be renewed after every four years.

How To File a DBA

Registration or filing of a DBA is done with the officer of the Town Clerk.

Before starting to fill out the form, it is best to conduct some search through the Secretary of Commonwealth corporate database to ensure that the name you have selected has not been duplicated by any other businessman.  Also, check for any trademark issue with the TESS system through the U.S Patent Office.  Cities like Boston have their own database to check the duplicity of the name.

Forms are very simple to fill both for the business entities or individual businesses. Only complete name, business address, phone number and the business name you are using is required. For a sole proprietor, LLCs or Non-Profitable businesses, it might ask some more questions like; partners address or contact number. However, the name or the contact number of employee’s is not required on the form.  Corporations should also provide the name of the corporation as well as the address, make sure to include title/name of the signing officer. Get it notarized once completed.

After filling the form, submit along with the required fees in the clerk’s office.

You can mail  the information at the following address if you  are in Boston
OFFICE OF THE CITY CLERK, 1 CITY HALL SQUARE

ROOM 601, ATTN: BUSINESS CERTIFICATES

BOSTON, MA 02201

UNITED STATES

For more info on filling a DBA in Massachussetts click here.

Reference Sites

http://corp.sec.state.ma.us/corpweb/CorpSearch/CorpSearch.aspx

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