Business Certificates

In accordance with MGL 110:5, any person conducting a business under a name other than his/her own name is required to file a Business Certificate with this office to register the business at the address where such business is to be conducted (“doing business as” or “d/b/a” certificate).

An individual must be 18 years of age or older to legally sign a business certificate.

The d/b/a is maintained in this office and allows the public to identify and locate the owner(s). In Harvard, the cost for the certificate is $40, it is valid for four years from the date of issue, and must be renewed every four years.

Most financial institutions require a copy of the Business Certificate prior to opening a business banking account.

Click here to view the complete text of the law on filing a Business Certificate.

For information about the process of incorporating your business, contact the Corporations Division at 617-727-9640 or navigate through the Corporations Division website for general information.