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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
when possible, since documents filed online will be processed significantly faster than those filed by mail.
2021 Annual Report Extension System is live:
to request a free extension to filing your business' 2021 Annual Report.
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
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.
Nearly all charter and personal property filings can be made online, and to do so please visit
Maryland Business Express' Registrations and Filings Portal
to register your business, order business documents, and file annual reports and personal property tax returns.
$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 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.
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
Maryland Trader's License
MD Department of Commerce
MD Courts - Business Licenses Online
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - Federal Business Taxes
MD Secretary of State - Charities & Non-Profits
US Small Business Administration
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