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.

» 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 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?
    • 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
      - 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)

» Establish Tax Accounts

Establish your necessary tax accounts with the Comptroller of Maryland

Note: All filings through this portal (with the exception of Personal Property 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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 Fees

  • Businesses, Trade Names, Personal Property Returns 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

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