Cost to Form an LLC in Maryland

The cost to start a Maryland limited liability company (LLC) is $100. This fee is paid to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation when filing the LLC’s Articles of Organization.

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How Much Does an LLC Cost in Maryland?

Maryland LLC Online Filing Fee: $100

The main cost of forming an LLC is the $100 fee to file your LLC's Articles of Organization online with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.

Maryland Annual Report Fee: $300

Maryland requires LLCs to file an annual report and franchise tax with the Secretary of State.

You can submit this form online through the Maryland Business Express website. It is due on April 15. Maryland charges a penalty of 1/10 of 1% of the county assessment, plus 2% interest every 30 days that the return is late.

Registered Agent Fee

In Maryland you can be your own registered agent, but using a registered agent service helps keep your company in compliance and reminds you of important filing deadlines and avoid late fees.

Registered agent fees start at $39 for the first year. We recommend using:

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Read our guide to learn more about Maryland Registered Agents. You can also read our full guide on the best registered agent services.

Cost to Form a Foreign LLC in Maryland

If you already have an LLC that is registered in another state and you’d like to expand your business into Maryland, you’ll need to register your LLC as a foreign LLC in Maryland.

The cost for registering a Maryland foreign LLC is $100. You can register a foreign LLC in Maryland by filing a Foreign Limited Liability Company Registration form online, by mail, or in person.

Business Permits and Licenses

Depending on your industry and geographical location, your business might need federal, state, and local permits/licenses to legally operate in Maryland. This is true whether you form an LLC or any other type of business structure.

Learn more about state and local licensing with our guide to getting a Maryland business license.

Other LLC Filing Costs

There are optional fees associated with LLC formation:

LLC Name Reservation:
Reserve your name for up to 30 days prior to LLC formation by filing a Corporate Name Reservation Application and paying the $25 filing fee.

LLC Name Re-Reservation:
File a Corporate Name Reservation Application for Re-Reservation and pay the $25 filing fee to reserve your name for an additional 30 days.

Doing Business As (DBA) Name:
File a Trade Name Application online and pay the $25 filing fee to create a name other than your legal LLC business name. This can also be done by mail or in person.

Certified Documents:
Obtain certified documents of your Maryland business documents by ordering through the Department of Assessments and Taxation and paying $20 + $1 per page.

Certificate of Status:
Also known as a Maryland certificate of good standing, you can obtain this document by ordering through the Department of Assessments and Taxation and paying the $20 fee. A certificate of status is often required by banks and lending institutions.

How to Register a Maryland LLC Yourself

Forming an LLC yourself is easy; just follow the five steps below.

Recommended: If you already have a business that is running as a sole proprietorship, visit our How to Change from a Sole Proprietorship to LLC page.

Five Basic Steps to Start an LLC in Maryland

Step 1: Name Your Maryland LLC
Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent
Step 3: File the Articles of Organization
Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement
Step 5: Get an EIN

Step 1: Name Your Maryland LLC

When you name your Maryland LLC, you’ll need to choose a name that:

  1. Is available for use in the state of Maryland
  2. Meets Maryland naming requirements
  3. Is available as a web domain

Recommended: Visit our Start an LLC in Maryland guide for detailed naming rules and instructions for registering a business name in Maryland.

Not sure what to name your business? Check out our How to Name a Business guide and free LLC Name Generator.

We recommend that you check online to see if your business name is available as a web domain. Even if you don't plan to create a business website today, you may want to buy the URL in order to prevent others from acquiring it.

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Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent

All LLCs in Maryland must appoint a registered agent. A registered agent primarily acts as your LLC’s main point of contact with the state. But most importantly, they are responsible for accepting service of process in the event your business is sued.

Your Maryland registered agent must be:

  • At least 18 years or older
  • Have a physical address in Maryland
  • Available during normal business hours to accept service of process

In Maryland, your registered agent must sign the Articles of Organization if filing a paper copy of the form.

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Step 3: File the Articles of Organization

The Maryland Articles of Organization is a document that is filed with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation to form an LLC. The fee for filing the Articles of Organization is $100 online.

For detailed instructions for completing the Articles of Organization, visit our How to File the Maryland Articles of Organization guide.

File the Maryland Articles of Organization

OPTION 1: File Online With Maryland Business Express

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OPTION 2: File the Articles of Organization by Mail or in Person

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State Filing Cost: $100, payable to the Department of Assessments and Taxation

Filing Address:
Department of Assessments and Taxation
301 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement

An operating agreement isn't required for Maryland LLCs, but it's a good practice to have one.

What is an operating agreement? An operating agreement is a legal document outlining the ownership and operating procedures of an LLC.

Why are operating agreements important? A comprehensive operating agreement ensures that all business owners are on the same page and reduces the risk of future conflict.

For more information on operating agreements, read our Maryland LLC operating agreement guide.

Step 5: Get an EIN

What is an EIN? An EIN or Employer Identification Number is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue System (IRS) to identify a business for tax reporting purposes. An EIN is essentially a Social Security number (SSN) for your company.

Why do I need an EIN? An EIN number is required for the following:

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Free EIN: You can get an EIN from the IRS website (free of charge) after forming your business.

Maryland LLC Cost FAQ

Do you have to pay for a Maryland LLC every year?

Yes, you have to pay a $300 annual report fee each year for a Maryland LLC. Visit our Maryland Annual Report guide for more information.

Is an LLC really necessary?

An LLC provides limited liability protection. This means an LLC protects your personal assets in the event of a business loss, such as a lawsuit or unpaid debt.

We recommend any small business that carries even the smallest amount of risk or liability to form an LLC. Learn more in our Should I Start an LLC guide.

What is the cheapest way to get an LLC?

You can save money on getting an LLC by completing the formation process yourself, making your own operating agreement, being your own registered agent, and getting your own EIN.

Check out our How to Save Money Forming Your LLC guide to learn more.

Can I pay myself a salary from my LLC?

You can pay yourself a salary from your LLC, but it would be called a draw or distribution if your LLC is taxed in the default way by the IRS.

Visit our How to Pay Yourself from an LLC guide to learn more.

Is an S corp better than an LLC?

An S corporation (S corp) is an IRS tax status, not a type of business entity. An LLC can be taxed in the default way or as an S corp. For some businesses, being taxed as an S corp can make lots of sense.

Check out our LLC vs. S corp guide to find out if S corp status is right for your business.

What’s better: sole proprietorship or LLC?

A sole proprietorship is only good for businesses that carry very low risk of liability because sole proprietorships don’t offer any liability protection.

Learn more in our sole proprietorship vs. LLC guide.

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