Central Business Licensing and Registration

Welcome to the Maryland Central Business Licensing and Registration Portal. This site will provide you with the resources to start a business in Maryland. A service fee will be applied to filings with payment. Register for a new account or login to do the following:

» Register Your Business

Form the legal entity for your business with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation

Filing types currently accepted* : Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, Maryland Limited Liability Company, Foreign (Non-Maryland) Limited Liability Company, Stock Corporation, Tax-Exempt Nonstock Corporation, Close Corporation, Foreign (Non-Maryland) Corporation.

» Establish Tax Accounts

Establish your necessary tax accounts with the Comptroller of Maryland

» File Personal Property Tax Returns

File returns for any business, even those not registered through Central Business Licensing and Registration

» Register A Trade Name

Register a business ‘Trading As’ name with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation

» Order Certified Copies

Order Certified Copies of Articles of Organization or Incorporation filed through the Central Business Licensing and Registration Portal

No log in or registration required.

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

Note: All filings through this portal (with the exception of Personal Property Tax Returns) will be processed with the Department of Assessments and Taxation within 7 business days. SDAT expedited fee schedule will apply.

After completing the online registration process, you will receive all the necessary licenses and account numbers for your business. This electronic government service includes a 3% service/convenience fee for payments processed through this portal. This fee is assessed by NICUSA, Inc., Maryland's eGovernment service provider, a third party working under a contract administered by the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT). The service fee is used to develop, maintain, and expand the online service offerings of the state and is non-refundable. Accepted credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.