Charter Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find the resident agent and other information about a company in Maryland?

 
  1. Go to the Business search database​
  2. Choose the Business Entity Information
  3. Select the General info link

What is the fee for registering a business or other document filings?

Where do I send the documents/request?

 

Make your check payable to the State Department of Assessments and Taxation and mail to:
Charter Division
State Department of Assessments and Taxation
301 West Preston Street, Room 801
Baltimore, MD 21201

Click here to view a schedule of fees for filings and other Charter services.

How do I register to do business in Maryland if my company was formed in another state?

 

Follow the information available on the Non-Maryland Businesses page at http://dat.maryland.gov/businesses/Pages/Non-Maryland-(Foreign)-Business-Entities.aspx

How can I find the officers and directors of a corporation?

 

For officers and directors of a corporation, send $1 with a request for the most recent annual report (form 1). Add $20 for expedited service, making sure both the envelope and request letter say "Expedited Service Requested."

Make your check payable to the State Department of Assessments and Taxation and mail to:
Charter Unit
State Department of Assessments and Taxation
301 West Preston Street, Room 801
Baltimore, MD 21201

 

What is a certificate of status (good standing) and how can I get a certificate?

Why is my business not in Good Standing or Forfeited

How can I get a list of new corporations?

 
SDAT provides copies of its data sets through a contractor, Specprint, Inc. You canobtain prices, formats, production schedules, etc. from Specprint, by contacting Joe Jenkins at (410) 561-9600.

How can I check the status of my filing?

 

We cannot provide information about the status of filings unless they are unusually late. The turn around period to receive your confirmation can take eight weeks or more. If you have not heard from us by then, and you cannot find information about your filing through our online database, please contact us again by Email: sdat.charterhelp@maryland.gov  

You may check the status of your filing online by searching the database before contacting the division.

Information we require to check recent submissions includes: (1) was this expedited or regular service, (2) what form was filed (Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization, Etc.), (3) what is the exact name of the entity (ABC, INC), (4) the date you mailed it or faxed it and( 5) was a check included and if so, what was the amount of the check? NOTE: These will not be addressed until after 5 business days for expedited work. We are not able to look up the status of regular non-expedited filings.

How can I get a copy of a document filed with SDAT?

 

Most documents filed after August 2001 are available online in the Business Data Search system.

  1. Go to the Business search database​
  2. Choose the Business Entity Information search link
  3. Enter the name or Department ID number
  4. The documents are in pdf and can be accessed under the AMENDMENTS link.
  5. Select the eye icon. ( If there is a line through the eye you must order copies and they will be mailed to you. )

For mailed copies of corporate documents, there is a fee of $1 per page. For expedited service, add $20 and indicate "expedited service requested" on the envelope and on the letter requesting the copies. For certified copies, add $20 for the first copy and $1 for each additional copy of the same document. Make your check payable to the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (or SDAT). Mailing address:

State Department of Assessments and Taxation
Corporate Charter Unit
301 West Preston Street, Room 801
Baltimore, MD 21201

You may also have a representative use the walk-in expedited service at our office listed above. Your request will be processed the same day; this service is available from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

What do I need to do to start a new business?

 

Many questions about how to start a new business in Maryland can be answered found on the Department of Commerce website http://commerce.maryland.gov/start

How can I contact the Charter Division?

 

Email: sdat.charterhelp@maryland.gov 

 
Maryland Relay 800-735-2258 Certificates of Status (Good Standing)​ of Existence 410-767-1344
Toll Free In Maryland 888-246-5941 Corporate Charter Division 410-767-1340
New Businesses 410-767-1350 Resident Agent (For existing entities) 410-767-1330
Charter Legal Review 410-767-1350 Name Availability (Not guaranteed over the phone) 410-767-1330
Newly Filed Documents 410-767-1340 Service of Process 410-767-8195
​​Copies of Documents 410-767-1350 UCC Filings
410-767-1459
Trade Names ​​410-767-1801 Forfeitures
410-767-1350
 

How can I get a Tax Id number or a FEIN?

 

A Tax ID number is actually called a “Federal EIN” (Federal Employer Identification Number) and is issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Click here for more information