St. Lawrence County Clerk
48 Court Street
Canton, New York 13617

Ph: 315-379-2237
Fx: 315-379-2302

Melissa Friedel, Deputy

Office Hours: 8:00 - 4:00

DMV Hours -
Canton: 8-5
Massena: 8:30-4:30
Gouverneur: 8-4
Ogdensburg: 8:30-4:30

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Department of the County Clerk

Business Certificates/DBA

One of the functions of the County Clerk's Office is to accept certificates of persons conducting business under an assumed business name for filing. These transactions are commonly called DBA (doing business as) filings. The General Business Law requires that DBA certificates are filed by individuals or partners when they conduct commercial activity under a name that is not their given name. Filing a DBA protects the name from use by others in the county where it is  filed. Prior to filing an original DBA, we will search business names already assigned to ensure that the desired name is available.  The fee is $30.00 to file the certificate, which includes one certified copy for proof of filing. A certified copy is normally required by banks when opening a business account.

Amendments can be filed if there is a change to the business address, business name and to remove or add partners. The fee is $30.00 to file the amended certificate which includes a certified copy.

A DBA should be discontinued when the individual or partners cease to conduct business. The is no fee charged to file a discontinuance of business.

Incorporation and Partnership DBA's

Two additional business related filings that are recorded in the Clerk's Office are Certificates of Incorporation and Limited Liability Partnerships. These records are filed in our office by the Department of State after you have been incorporated with them. For more information please visit the New York State Department of State website at

DBA (Doing Business As) Certificate

DBA For Partners

Amended Business Certificate

Certificate of Discontinuance of Business

For Tax ID numbers and licensing questions: or the Small Business Administration 1-800-342-3464.

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