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Form a Massachusetts DBA

Register your DBA today! LegalZoom gives you the freedom to use your new business name wherever you want íV best of all, you can open bank accounts and legally transact business under the name of your newest venture. Get your DBA, a.k.a. Doing Business As or fictitious business name, today with a quick and easy online process. Let LegalZoom get to work so you can too!


LegalZoom.com customizes your legal DBA filing to comply with local requirements, no matter where you live. However, if you're interested in the specifics, they are listed below.

Violations will result in a fine for every month the violation continues. DBAs do not need to be filed for:
  • Corporations conducting business under true corporate name
  • Partnerships or limited partnerships (without limited partnership? conducting business under any true name of a partner
  • Foreign business that have appointed a citizen of the state having the power of attorney and is filed with Secretary of State
  • A partnership, joint stock company, or association conducted by trustees who have filed
From a procedural standpoint, one must file with the Clerk in the city or county where the office is located, and have it notarized (signatures of each owner must be in black ink). One should note that the clerk may require evidence of identity.

The DBA is effective for four (4) years and it must be renewed every four (4) years. If a withdrawal, discontinuance, or change of residence of the business location or owner occurs, one must file with the clerk under oath and pay fee (includes 2 certified copies). If the owner perishes, the administration of the estate may file a change of business address must be signed by all owners. A change of a business name requires a new filing and must be signed by all owners. If a change of the owner's residence occurs, only the owner's signature is required. The withdrawal of an owner must be signed by that owner. The addition of an owner requires a new filing and signatures of all owners.