Maryland Business Express

Maryland Business Express provides you with all the resources you need to start a business in Maryland. Select from the following:

» Business Entity Search

Search for businesses

» Certificate of Status

Order Certificate(s) of Status

» Order Documents

Order business documents

» Register Your Business

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

  • What types of business filings can I create?
    • Filing types currently accepted:
      - Sole Proprietorship
      - General Partnership
      - Maryland Limited Liability Company
      - Foreign (Non-Maryland) Limited Liability Company
      - Maryland Stock Corporation
      - Maryland Tax-Exempt Nonstock 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.

» Manage Your Business

Manage filings, annual reports, personal property returns and other documents for all your businesses

NEW: Submit Resolution to Change Principal Office/Resident Agent Online

NEW: Cancel a Maryland Limited Liability Company (LLC)

» Register A Trade Name

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

  • Do I need to register a Trade Name?
    • A Trade Name is a “doing business as” name, which may be different from the legal name of the business as registered with the State of Maryland. Registering a Trade Name is not mandatory, but is recommended if you are a Sole Proprietor or Partnership using a name other than the full legal name of the owner or owners, or a Corporation, Limited Partnership, or Limited Liability Company operating under a name other than the name 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?

» File Annual Report and Personal Property Tax Returns

Submit annual filings for any eligible business, even those not registered through Maryland Business Express

  • 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

» Establish Tax Accounts

Establish your necessary tax accounts with the Comptroller of Maryland

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

Service Fee
This electronic government service includes a $3 eCheck fee or 3% service/convenience fee for filings with payment processed through Maryland Business Express. 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 payment methods: credit card, PayPal or eCheck (soon to be discontinued). Accepted credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Customers not wishing to pay the service fee may file by paper with the Department of Assessments of Taxation.

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  • Businesses, Trade Names, Annual Reports and documents registered, filed or ordered through Maryland Business Express may incur the following fees.

    Expedited Fees (where applicable): $20.00 for Documents/Certificates of Status, $50.00 for Charter Filings. Allow up to 7 business days for processing.

    Service Fees (where applicable): 3% (credit card, PayPal), $3.00 (eCheck).
    There are no fees for the establishment of tax accounts or the registration of Sole Proprietorships or General Partnerships.
  • Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation Fee Schedule

 Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation Resources

 Comptroller of Maryland Resources

 Other Business Links & Resources