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.
  • The certificate will not be valid until signed by all owners in the presence of a notary and filed with the South Hadley Town Clerk's office. You may sign in person at the Town Clerk's office or alternatively you may have the certificate notarized privately and mailed to the Town Clerk's office.
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:
  • Visit ViewPoint Cloud to renew your license online (payment will be made using PayPal or Credit Card)
  • 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
  • Come to the Town Clerk's Office with cash or check payment
Tag Sale Permits
Tag Sale Permits cost $10.00 and are valid for two consecutive days. They can be obtained by:
  • Visiting ViewPoint Cloud to pay for your permit online using PayPal or Credit Card, or
  • Coming to the Clerk's Office with cash or check payment.
Hunting and Fishing

The Town Clerk's Office no longer sells hunting and Fishing Licenses. View a complete list of locations to purchase licenses.

Accessing Vital Records

Birth Records
In Massachusetts, Birth Records are kept in three locations:
Death Records
In Massachusetts, Death Records are kept in three locations:
Marriage Records
In Massachusetts, marriage records are kept in two locations:

Certified copies of Vital Records can be ordered and purchased online at


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