Charter Business Services

News and Announcements​

In-person availability: 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 encourages online filing when possible, since documents filed online will be processed significantly faster than those filed by mail. 

Coronavirus updates: 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.

Annual Report filing requirements: ​​​Please be advised that effective January 1, 2021, all legal entities (including foreign entities and domestic non-stock corporations) will be required to file all past-due Annual Reports to revive, reinstate, re-register, or re-qualify with the Department. This is following legal advice obtained from SDAT's Assistant Attorney General's Office.

Maryland Business Express - The Maryland Business Express site makes it easier for business owners and entrepreneurs to planstartmanage, and grow 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.

$425 Dropbox for Charter Filings Same-day Service

SDAT has placed a dropbox in the lobby of 301 West Preston Street for customers seeking $425 expedited service. No more than three Charter Filings may be submitted per customer/firm/courier per day between 7:45am and 10:00am. The dropbox is open Monday through Friday. 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. SDAT staff will contact customers the same day of drop off if any submitted document requires correction. Acknowledgement letters, certified copies and good standing certificates for approved filings will be placed on the dropbox by 4:30 PM for customer pickup the same day the approved filing is dropped off. Please note that service of process cannot be accepted using this dropbox.

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.​

Acknowledgement letters, certified copies and good standing certificates for approved filings will be placed on the dropbox by 4:30 PM for customer pickup the same day the approved filing is dropped off.​

Helpful Resources For New & Existing Businesses
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