How to Get a Certificate of Status

Why would I need a Certificate of Status?

When one is obtaining a license, a license renewal or a loan settlement, the person is often required to obtain a “Certificate of Status” (generally called a “good standing” certificate) from the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation. On the specific date and time the Department issues a certificate verifying that a business entity is in “good standing,” it means that all documents and fees required by law to be submitted to the Department have been received, and that no other government agency has notified the Department tha​t the entity is delinquent in tax payments.

How to purchase a Certificate on the Internet:

Other wa​ys of getting a Certificate of Status:

  • You may send a letter requesting a certificate and the cost is $20. If you would like the certificate expedited, you need to pay an additional $20. Please enclose a check or money order made out to the State Department of Assessments.

    Mail to:
    SDAT - Corporate Charter Division
    700 East Pratt Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 2700,
    Baltimore,Maryland 21202​

Special Notes

  • Certificates are not available for entities that do not have a Resident Agent, have not filed all Personal Property returns or have unpaid penalties.
  • If an entity (business) is not in good standing with SDAT it is recommended that all issues be resolved before purchasing a certificate. 
  • Certificates are not available for trade names, name reservations, sole proprietorships, government entities and special entities such as public utilities, contact the Charter unit to discuss Departmental documentation options.  

If you have further questions about certificates, please email or call 410-767-1344.

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