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Please review the Fee Schedule prior to registering your business or ordering documents. All filings completed online are considered Expedited.

Common Filing Questions

What types of businesses can I register online?

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • General Partnership
  • Maryland Limited Liability Company
  • Foreign (Non-Maryland) Limited Liability Company
  • Maryland Stock Corporation
  • Maryland Tax-Exempt Nonstock Corporation
  • Maryland Religious Corporation
  • Maryland Close Corporation
  • Foreign (Non-Maryland) Corporation

For business filing types not currently accepted online, please visit the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation website for assistance.


Can I register a Trade Name online?

You may register a trade name online.

A Trade Name is a ‘Trading As’ name, which may be different from the legal name of the business as registered with the State of Maryland.

Please note that a Trade Name is not the same as a Trademark. For more information on how to register a Trademark in Maryland, refer to the Trademarks and Servicemarks FAQ. If you can answer YES to ANY of the following questions, then you may proceed to apply for a Trade Name.

  1. Is the Trade Name needed for a specific license?
  2. Will the Trade Name serve as a ‘doing business as’ name under the legal entity name?
  3. Will your trade name be different from your legal entity name?

What other filings can I submit online?

  • Combined Registration Application (register tax accounts with the Comptroller of Maryland)
  • Resolution to Change your Principal Office and/or Resident Agent
  • Articles of Cancellation for a Maryland Limited Liability Company

You can also search for businesses and order business documents.


Can I use my own documentation when filing online?

You may submit business filings using your own documentation for the following types:

  • Maryland Limited Liability Company
  • Maryland Stock Corporation
  • Maryland Tax-Exempt Nonstock Corporation
  • Maryland Close Corporation

What changes to my business can I make online?

For eligible businesses, you can make the following changes online:

  • Change Principal Office Address
  • Change Resident Agent
  • Cancel a Maryland LLC.

For other changes or amendments for existing businesses, visit Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation’s Forms and Applications. See the options in the ‘Make Changes to an Existing Business’ section.

Annual Report/Personal Property Questions

Do I need to file an Annual Report?

All legal business entities formed, qualified, or registered to do business in Maryland MUST file an Annual Report:

  • Legal business entities (Corporations, LLC, LP, LLP, etc.), whether they are foreign or domestic, must file a Form 1 Annual Report (fees apply)
  • Credit Unions must file a Form 3 Annual Report (fees apply)
  • Financial Institutions, Banks, Savings Banks, Savings & Loans, and Trust Companies must file a Form 5 Annual Report (fees apply)

Do I need to file a Personal Property Tax Return?

If your legal business entity can answer ‘Yes’ to either of the following questions, you MUST file a Personal Property Tax Return.

  • Does the business own, lease, or use personal property located in Maryland?
  • Does the business maintain a trader’s license with a local unit of government in Maryland?

Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships must file a Form 2 Personal Property Tax Return (no fees apply).

Rental property (condominiums, townhouses, cottages, rooms, etc.) in Ocean City/Worcester County (Unincorporated) must file a Form 7 Personal Property Tax Return (no fees apply).


Can I file my Annual Report/Personal Property Tax Return online?

Not all business types can be filed online at this time. If your business falls into one of the following categories, you will NOT be able to file online. Download Annual Report and Personal Property Tax Return forms here.

  • Government Entity
  • General Partnership
  • Credit Union, Financial Institution, Bank, Savings Bank, Savings & Loan, and Trust Companies
  • Co-operative (Nonstock)
  • Rental Property in Worcester County (Unincorporated)
  • Public Utility
  • Cable company

Can I file my Annual Report/Personal Property Tax Return for prior years?

YES, you can file PREVIOUS YEAR annual filings online. However, if your business falls into one of the following categories, you will NOT be able to submit PREVIOUS YEAR filings online. Download Annual Report and/or Personal Property Tax Return forms here. Business entities that are forfeited, or Not in Good Standing (other than dissolved, merged, or consolidated), ARE ELIGIBLE to file, provided they do not fall into the categories listed below:

  • Government Entity
  • General Partnership
  • Credit Union, Financial Institution, Bank, Savings Bank, Savings & Loan, and Trust Companies
  • Co-operative (Nonstock)
  • Rental Property in Worcester County (Unincorporated)
  • Public Utility
  • Cable company
  • Foreign Entities (Entities formed in a state other than Maryland)

Other important requirements for submitting previous year filings:

  • Oldest filings must be completed first
  • Filings must be completed in order (oldest to most recent)
  • Once completed, multiple filings can be submitted with one payment
  • Your current year filing may be submitted even if you have incomplete previous year filings

Please be advised that it may take up to 7 business days to review your filing and that further action may be required by you in order for your entity to be returned to Good Standing. You may also contact the Department at sdat.charterhelp@maryland.gov for questions regarding your filing or Good Standing status.

  • If your entity has been forfeited by the Department, you may need to have your assessment(s) certified, or a ‘No Assessment’ letter issued by the Department, to take to the jurisdiction to pay a bill, and/or get a tax clearance certificate.
  • If your entity has not been cleared for revival or reinstatement by another agency, DLLR or Comptroller, you will need to get clearance from them as well, before your documents can be accepted by the Department.
  • If your business license is being withheld by the Clerk of the Court, you may have to obtain clearance from the Finance Office of the jurisdiction(s) in which your business is located.