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Filing a Business Certificate

Pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 110, the City Clerk accepts filings of Business Certificates by any person, persons or corporations conducting business in the City of Worcester under a company name.

Generally, persons or corporations, individually or in partnership with one another, and doing business in the City of Worcester under a company name must file a business certificate. The certificate is valid for four (4) years from the date of filing. They are renewable thereafter.

Search Certificates

For your convenience, our Business Certificate Record Search allows you to search our database for all business certificate filings.

How to File

To file a business certificate, please visit the City Clerk's Office during office hours. Or if you prefer, you may file via US Mail. Simply, print/fill out the appropriate Business Certificate Form (listed below) to establish your company name.


  • Filing is $50.00.
  • Certified copy of the completed filing is $12.00 in person and $14.00 through the mail.
  • Non-certified copy of the completed filing is 50 cents.
  • Discontinuance or withdrawal of a Business Certificate is $20.00.


If you are a business owner and wish to discontinue your business, have changed your residence or location of business, or wish to withdraw from your business or partnership you must complete a Statement of Discontinuance. To do so, please complete the following Business Discontinuance Form (156KB).

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