Starting a business is an exciting and challenging undertaking. To help ensure your business' success, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the basic requirements for starting a business in Maryland. NOTE: This page is not intended to be a comprehensive guide and should not be used as the sole reference when starting a business. Regulations and other legal requirements change constantly and there may be some obligations for your specific business activity not listed below. We strongly suggest you consult an attorney, accountant or other business consultant.
The first step in establishing a business in the State of Maryland is to determine which form of business structure is most appropriate for your operations. The four most common forms of business structure are the sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation and limited liability company. Each structure has certain advantages and disadvantages that should be considered. Choosing the appropriate organizational structure for your business is one of the most important decisions made and may require advice from an attorney, accountant or other professional advisor. Once you have chosen a structure for your business, the next step is to complete the necessary registration requirements.
Legal Entities (Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, LLP, LP)
For information about registration requirements for legal entities, contact:
State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT)
Corporate Charter Division
301 West Preston Street, 8th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: 410-767-1340Email: SDAT.firstname.lastname@example.org
301 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201-2395
410-767-1184 | Outside the Baltimore Metro Area 888-246-5941 | Maryland Relay 800-735-2258