Licenses, Permits, and Records

Business Certificates
Massachusetts requires anyone conducting business under an alias (i.e., any name other than their own), including corporations, to file a business certificate in the community where their business is principally headquartered. 
  • The certificate is effective for four years and the filing fee is $40.00.
  • All forms must be signed in the Town Clerk's Office or in the presence of a Notary Public.
Dog Licenses
All Dog Licenses must be renewed before March 31 of each year. After this deadline, a late fee will be issued. There are several ways to renew a dog license. At the time of renewal, please be sure to have updated rabies information. You may:
  • Come to the Town Clerk's Office with cash or check payment,
  • Mail the required information as well as a check with payment and a self-addressed, stamped envelope,
  • Detach and mail the licensing form that is on the census along with other required information as well as payment and a self-addressed, stamped envelope, or
  • Visit ViewPermit to renew your license online (payment will be made using PayPal or Credit Card).
Tag Sale Permits
Tag Sale Permits cost $10.00 and are valid for two consecutive days. They can be obtained by:
  • Coming to the Clerk's Office with cash or check payment or
  • Visiting ViewPermit to pay for your permit online using PayPal or Credit Card.
Hunting and Fishing

The Town Clerk's Office no longer sells hunting and Fishing Licenses. For a complete list of locations to purchase licenses please visit http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/licensing/license-agent-map.html

Accessing Vital Records

Birth Records
In Massachusetts, Birth Records are kept in three locations:
  • Community in which birth occurred
  • Residence community of parents
  • Registry of Vital Records & Statistics in Boston
Death Records
In Massachusetts, Death Records are kept in three locations:
  • Community in which death occurred
  • Residence community of deceased
  • Registry of Vital Records & Statistics in Boston
Marriage Records
In Massachusetts, marriage records are kept in two locations:
  • The community in which the Notice of Intention is filed
  • Registry of Vital Records & Statistics in Boston