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COVID-19 News and Announcements
Please be advised that SDAT’s Charter & Personal Property public counter located at State Center in Baltimore is closed to the public until further notice. The Department strongly enocurages online filing when possible, since documents filed online will be processed significantly faster than those filed by mail. Processing times remain within established timeframes: mailed non-expedited filings are being processed in approximately 6 weeks, mailed expedited filings are being processed in 10-14 business days, documents filed online are being processed in 7-10 business days.
Maryland Business Express
The Maryland Business Express site makes it easier for business owners and entrepreneurs to
their business! This website combines information previously spread across many state agencies into one, easy-to-navigate site, while also providing a clear outline of the steps involved in starting a business.
The Maryland Business Express also features a digital assistant designed to communicate with and deliver guidance to Marylanders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check out the site at
If you are a Maryland-based business impacted by the Coronavirus with under 50 full- and part-time employees, or a Maryland manufacturer,
check out these programs
to see if you qualify for assistance.
Please visit Governor Hogan's
Coronavirus 2019 Disease Update
webpage for general information about the virus, or Maryland Business Express'
COVID-19 Business Response
webpage for resources available to the business community.
$425 Dropbox for Charter Filings Same-day Service (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
SDAT has placed a dropbox in the lobby of 301 West Preston Street for customers seeking $425 expedited service. No more than 3 Charter Filings may be submitted per customer/firm/courier and only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 6:30am and 10:00am. Documents and payment must be placed in a sealed envelope that clearly identifies a point of contact's name, email, and phone number, and all filings must include payment for the $425 expedited fee
in addition to the base filing fee
. Once processed, an email will be sent to the point of contact and if approved, the acknowledgement letter placed at this dropbox for pickup the next day.
Please note that this service is not available for Annual Reports or Personal Property Return assessments. If these procedures are not followed or the filing is rejected, same-day service is not guaranteed. The Department hopes to offer an expanded version of this service online in October.
Helpful Resources For New & Existing Businesses
Checklist for New Businesses
Checklist to Ensure or Regain Good Standing Status
Affidavit Form for Allegedly Prohibited Charter Filings
What it means when a business is Not in Good Standing or Forfeited
List of Fees for Charter Services and Document Filings
Charter Legal Unit Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Charter Questions
Questions and Answers for Non-Maryland (Foreign) Businesses
UCC Online: Electronic Filing, Search Filings, Document Retrieval & Order Copies
Resources Outside of SDAT
Comptroller of Maryland
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MD Department of Commerce
MD Courts - Business Licenses Online
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MD Secretary of State - Charities & Non-Profits
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