Business Certificates

Who has to file a business certificate?

Any person, partnership, or corporation conducting business in Cambridge under a name other than their own or corporate name

How much does a business certificate cost?

 The cost in Cambridge is $50.00


What is needed to file one?

A completed business certification form and one type of picture identification

How can I obtain the business certificate form?

You can either pick one up at the City Clerk's Office or print a copy of the attached click here to download a PDF form .



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 Massachusetts Department of Revenue for this number

How often does a business certificate have to be renewed?

Every four years

What if the businesses address changes?

The applicant should come in to the City Clerk's office and file a change of address form the cost is $10.00  (cash or check only).

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 $50.00  (cash or check only).

If it is a partial change of ownership, one of the parties remains the same, the former owner must file a withdrawal form. The fee is $5.00 and if a certified copy is needed it will cost an additional $10.00  (cash or check only).

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Department Information

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk