Business Certificate (DBA)

Anyone conducting business in Newton under a name other than their own or corporate name must file a Business Certificate with the City Clerk. This form is commonly known as a "doing business as" or "DBA" certificate. The DBA files allow consumers to identify and locate the proprietor of a business, which goes by a name other than that of the proprietor.  Once filed, a certificate is valid for four years.
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Who Has to File A Business Certificate?
Any person, partnership, or corporation conducting business in Newton under a name other than their own or corporate name.



How Much Does a Business Certificate Cost?
The cost in Newton is $35.00



What is Needed to File Business Certificate?
A completed business certification application. If the complete application is to be returned to the city clerk by mail, the applicant's signature must be notarized prior to submission.



How Can I Obtain The Business Certification Form?
You can pick one up the form at the City Clerk's Office or download a complete Business Certificate Application package.

Will I Get a Tax I.D. Number When I File a Business Certificate?
No, the tax identification number comes from the Department of Revenue at the state level. You must apply to the State Department of Revenue for this number.



How Often Does a Business Certificate Have to be Renewed?
Every four years. If the business is discontinued, the Clerk's office must be notified. There is a $10.00 discontinuance fee.

Click here to download a Withdrawal Form.



What if the Business Address Changes?
The applicant should come in to the Clerk's office and file a change of address form. The cost is $10.00.

Click here to obtain a Change of Address Form.



What if the Ownership of the Business Changes?
If it is a complete change of ownership, a new business certificate must be filed, with a fee of $35.00.

To read the full text of the Massachusetts Law Chapter 110 Section 5 which requires the filing of Business Certificates please visit the states' General Laws website.