How Much Does Starting a Maryland LLC Cost?

Legal business registration — and keeping your business in good standing — involves some necessary expenses. Some of these costs are payable to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (MD DAT), while others are due to the federal or other state government entity. We’ve summarized some of the most common requirements and fees here.

Note that Maryland business license or permit fees will need to be paid when you first form your business, on an ongoing schedule or on an ad hoc basis. Find more details below.

Initial Maryland LLC Fees

When you first form your business, you’ll need to file as an LLC with the MD DAT and pay a filing fee. Here are the current Maryland LLC fees and filing times:

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$197* 3 Weeks 7 Business Days

*Includes online and expedited filing fees, as well as the costs for a certified copy of your Articles of Organization and expedited processing of that certified copy; all fees required by the state of Maryland

When you form with Incfile, we charge you this fee and forward it to the MD DAT when we file your formation paperwork.

Incfile can file your formation paperwork for you for free.

Just pay the required Maryland LLC filing fee.

Maryland allows you to form your LLC more quickly by paying a rush fee.

Employer Identification Number

Every LLC in the U.S. should have a unique Employer Identification Number (EIN). This is provided by the Internal Revenue Service, and you use it when you file taxes, open a business bank account and pay employees. You can get one yourself at no cost from the IRS or have Incfile do it for you.

Foreign LLCs

When you want to do business in a state other than the one where your business is based, you must create a foreign LLC.

Maryland Foreign LLC Registration

Before you can bring an arm of your business from another state into Maryland, you must request Maryland Foreign Qualification. This means the state gives you permission to conduct business there.

To request registration of a Maryland Foreign LLC, you must complete a Limited Liability Company Registration for
non-Maryland LLC form
and pay a filing fee of $100. The state may have additional requirements so contact the Maryland Secretary of State for more information.

Foreign Qualification to Operate in Another State

If you plan to expand your Maryland LLC into another state, you’ll first need Foreign Qualification or a Certificate of Authority from that state. This is necessary if you'll have a physical presence, employees or banking in that state.

To complete this process, you'll likely have to complete applications and pay filing fees—each state has different requirements. Before you move forward, compare state filing times and state filing fees so you can plan accordingly. Contact the state government entity that administers business (usually the Secretary of State) to confirm their requirements and for specific instructions.

If you need assistance, Incfile provides complete Foreign Qualification service for all states.

Annual Report Requirements

Most states — including Maryland — require businesses to file an annual (or other periodic) report with their Secretary of State.When you file your annual report, you'll need to pay a $300 fee. Here are the annual filing requirements for Maryland:

Annual Report

Frequency:

Annually

Due:

April 15th

Filling Fee:

$300

Incfile can also complete and file your Maryland annual report on your behalf.

Maryland Business Licenses and Permits

As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to make sure you have the proper state, federal or local business licenses to operate your LLC. Some of the associated fees only need to be paid once, while others are ongoing charges.

Permits and licenses vary based on:

1

The industry your LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)

2

The location of your LLC (county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Baltimore)

3

The type of business you run (e.g., healthcare providers must meet HIPAA requirements)

Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from federal, state and local governments.

You can research these permits and licenses yourself or use Incfile’s Business License Research package, which includes:

  • A complete report on all the licenses, permits and tax registrations your LLC will need
  • The application forms you'll need to file with the state, regional and federal licensing authorities

Operating Agreements

Maryland does not require you to have an Operating Agreement for your LLC.

An Operating Agreement covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas.

It can help ensure sure you’re organized and prepared for future events that may affect your business.

Incfile can draft a general Operating Agreement template when you form your Oregon business.

You can then make changes to the template based on your specific requirements.

Other Potential LLC Fees or Requirements in Maryland

There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to meet during the life of your LLC. These ad hoc fees will only be payable in specific circumstances, which we’ve listed below.

Obtaining a Trade Name or DBA

If you want to establish a Maryland DBA (trade name), you must file a form with the MD DAT and pay a filing fee of $25.

Incfile can file your Trade Name or DBA forms on your behalf.

Changing the Registered Agent

You must appoint a Maryland Registered Agent when you file your Articles of Organization. You can also switch to a new Registered Agent later by filing a form and paying a $25 filing fee.

Have Incfile serve as your Registered Agent for you.

It’s free for the first year if you form your LLC with us and $119 a year after.

Reserving a Name for Your LLC

If you don’t want to form your LLC right away, you can reserve a business name for 30 days with the MD DAT for a $25 fee. First, perform a Maryland business search and learn about rules pertaining to Maryland business names to ensure the name you choose meets all state requirements.

Amending Certain Facts About Your LLC

Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Maryland business when it was originally formed. Over time, these facts may change. If they do, you must file Articles of Amendment with the MD DAT and pay a $100 filing fee. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf.

You may want to file Articles of Amendment when you:

  • Add, remove or change an LLC member or manager
  • Change your LLC's business address
  • Alter your LLC's stated business activities

Getting a Maryland Certificate of Good Standing

Some organizations will request that you prove your LLC’s compliance with laws and tax requirements. If you need to prove you have met your commitments, you'll need a Certificate of Good Standing from the MD DAT.

Incfile can obtain a Certificate of Good Standing on your behalf.

The fees listed above detail many of the charges a standard LLC will be required to pay. In some unusual circumstances, there may be other one-off, periodic or ad hoc fees not listed above.

Of course, your LLC will also probably need to pay self-employment, payroll, federal, state and sales taxes. More information about taxes can be found on the Maryland Business Taxes page.

FAQs About Maryland LLC Costs

What Happens to the State Fees That I Am Charged When Forming My Maryland LLC?

We charge you for this fee at cost and then pay the fee to MD Business Express on your behalf when forming your Maryland business.

Where Do I Get Business Licenses and Permits for My LLC?

It depends on various factors including:

  • The type of business you run
  • Where you're located
  • Governing organizations in your industry
  • Federal, state and local regulations

Many new businesses need a business license, and you may be required to obtain additional licenses and permits. Our Business License Research package can take the guesswork out of it for you and help you learn what your LLC needs to be compliant.

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