Business Certificates

Certificates may be filed in person at the Town Clerk's office or submitted by mail with signatures notarized. Identification is required when filing in person. The filing fee is $25.00. A $10.00 fee is charged to amend or discontinue a DBA. 

If you are unable to come to our office to file the DBA please complete the paperwork in the presence of a Notary then mail the $25.00 fee (money order or business check only) and form to our office along with a self-addressed stamped envelope.  

A certificate is effect for four years from the date of issue and shall be renewed each four years thereafter so long as such business shall be conducted and shall lapse and be void unless so renewed.

Submit form to:

Town Clerk 
3 East Main Road Suite 102
Peru  MA  01235


Filing a Business Certificate

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 110, Section 5

Who must file?

Any person or persons conducting a business under any title other than the complete real name of the owner - Any corporation doing business in a name other than the corporate name.

Where does one file?
With the City or Town Clerk in every city or town where an office of any such business is located.

What about a change?
Upon discontinuing, retiring or withdrawing from such business or in the case of a change of residence of such person or location of such business, such change must be filed with the clerk's office.

Does a Business Certificate expire?
Yes, a business certificate is in effect for four (4) years from the date of issue whereupon it must be renewed if the business continues to operate.

Do I have to display the certificate?
No, however, a copy must be provided upon request during regular business hours to any person purchasing goods or services from such business.