Business Certificates
In accordance with MGL 110:5, any person conducting a business under a name other than their 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).

All persons who will be principals of the business must appear together in person to file the certificate, or the certificate may be completed elsewhere in the presence of a Notary Public who must witness the signature of all parties.

The d/b/a is maintained in this office and allows the public to identify and located the owner(s). In Holland, the cost for the certificate is $20; it is valid for four years from the date of issue and renewable every four years.

Prior to obtaining the certificate, a determination will be made by the Zoning Enforcement Officer as to whether the type of business is permitted at the proposed location. In some cases, a special permit may be required through the Zoning Board of Appeals before the certificate can be issued from this office.

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 or complete a request form here.