Step 1) Download The Registration Form
First thing's first, conduct a Business Entity Search through the Secretary of State to ensure the name you'd like to file isn't already taken or too similar to another. Then, if there are any potential trademark issues, check with the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.
Because everything is done on the local level, there are basically two ways to get the form you need from the county/city you intend to do business in: Visit the clerk’s office and pick up the proper form, or call the clerk’s office and ask them to send you the information.
Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA.
Step 2) Complete Your Form
Thankfully their forms are very simple and you shouldn't have any trouble if you're doing this as an individual. For other business entities like LLCs and Limited Partnerships, it's not much more complex. Some basic information you'll need includes:
- Your full name
- Your address
- Phone number
- The name (DBA) you wish to use
- The address your business will operate
If you are operating as a Sole Proprietor, LLC, or Non-Profit, it may ask you additional questions pertaining to information like partners contact info or addresses. Just follow the form and double check it.
Step 3) Notarize & Submit Form
The last step before filing is to have the form notarized by an authorized individual. Then you can mail it to the appropriate clerk's office and await confirmation.
Once you have confirmation and understand how their fee system works you are good to go. You'll be the official owner of a Massachusetts DBA!