This site will provide you with the resources to start a business in Maryland. Please note that an electronic government service fee of $3 for eCheck or 3% credit card will be applied to filings with payment processed through Maryland Business Express. Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation will apply an expedited fee to each filing through Maryland Business Express.
Register for a new account or log in 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.
Note: You may now submit business filings using your own documentation for the following types: LLC, Stock Corporation, Close Corporation, and Tax Exempt Non-Stock Corporation.
» Establish Tax Accounts
Establish your necessary tax accounts with the Comptroller of Maryland
» File Personal Property Returns
File returns for any business, even those not registered through Maryland Business Express
» Do I need to file a personal property return?
» Register A Trade Name
Register a business ‘Trading As’ name with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation
» Order Copies of Business Documents Previously Filed
» Order documents previously filed online
Documents may be Certified only, and may include Articles of Incorporation and Articles of Organization only. Receive documents immediately via email. If you are unsure how the business was filed, click this link to determine if the business was filed online.
» Order documents previously filed in-person, by postal mail or fax
Documents may be Certified or Non-Certified, and may include Amendments, Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization, Revivals, Trade Names, etc.
*For business filing types not currently accepted online, please visit the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation website for assistance.
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 eCheck fee or 3% service/convenience fee for payments processed through this site. 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.
If any of the following conditions apply to your business, you will NOT be able to file your Personal Property Return online. You will need to submit paper forms:
- You created your business this year
- You have a foreign (out of country) mailing address
- Your business has multiple locations
- Your business had a location correction in the previous year
- Your business is not in good standing (a status of dissolved, merged or consolidated)
- Your business has a status of ‘Forfeited’, and the date the forfeiture took effect is beyond the current year or three years prior)
If your business falls into one of the following categories, you will NOT be able to file your Personal Property Return online. You will need to submit paper forms:
- Government Entity
- General Partnership
- Financial Institution (Bank, Building & Loan, Credit Union etc.)
- Public Utility (Railroad, Utility Cooperative, Non-utility generator etc.)
- Co-operative (Non-stock)
- Cable company
- Rental Property in Worcester County (Unincorporated)