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How to Contact the Corporate Charter Division

Walk-in Counter Service:   Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, except State holidays. Corporate Charter Division 301 West Preston Street 8th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland. You must be in line no later than 4:15 PM in order to receive service that same day.

Note: All counter transactions are expedited and an expedited filing surcharge beyond the processing fee applies to each request. See the Fee Schedule for a list of current filing and copy fees.

Fax Service Number:   410-333-7097

Note: All faxed filings and document requests are expedited and an expedited filing surcharge beyond the processing fee applies to each request. See the Fee Schedule for a list of current filing and copy fees. Corporate Charter Fax Cover Sheet

E-mail: Before e-mailing your question, you should first check this web site or any paperwork you have received from the Department, since our experience has shown that most questions can be answered from these two sources already available to you.

Use the email links below to help the Charter Division respond more quickly to your inquiry. Please include your full name, telephone number, address and email address in your message. If you are requesting information on business entities already registered with us include the Department ID number. If you are uncertain of the Department ID number you may look it up in our online Business database.

ERRORS:  What appears on the file or receipt does not match what you submitted because SDAT keyed the information incorrectly.  Be specific describing our error, how we entered it, how it should read, and include the entity's exact name and date of the document.      

FEES:  Be specific about what you are filing (Articles of Incorporation for a Stock Corporation, Articles of  Incorporation for a Tax Exempt Corporation, Articles of Organization, Etc.), expedited or regular service, certified copy, Certificate of Status, how many pages, etc.  For stock corporations include the number of shares and the par value for each share. For Amendments which increase stock, give the data both before the amendment and after amendment.

Inquires about the status of a copy order or how to order copies for documents filed prior to 2000.

Inquires as to why the entity is not in Good Standing and what needs to be done to return the entity to that status.  Use exact name and SDAT ID number (if known).  EIN's do not help.

WORK IN PROGRESS:  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.

REVIVAL/DISSOLUTION; REINSTATE/CANCEL; REQUALIFY/TERMINATE: If you are trying to reopen or close an entity that is/was filed with SDAT, include the exact name, and SDAT ID # (if available) in your inquiry.

NAME AVAILABLE: In your inquiry give the exact name including ending (INC, LLC, Etc.).

Inquiries about a Trade Name filing already made, name availability, filing fee and how to complete the form.

Inquiries about how to start a business when you don't want to have a separate entity (Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Etc.),  also what forms to file and who to contact.

For inquiries not listed above email

Online Business Data Search: You can get information on businesses in Maryland, including names of owners, resident agent, principal address, status and request copies, from our web site.

Maryland Relay (TTY) 800-735-2258 Resident Agent (For existing entities)
Outside the Baltimore Metro Area
Name Availability
New Businesses
Trade Names 410-767-1801
Charter Legal Review
Service of Process
Business Not in Good Standing
Forms Request Line
Newly Filed Documents
UCC Filings
Copies of Documents
Forfeitured Businesses          
Fax Request Follow-up
Certificate of Status (mailed)
Fax Service
             Also called certificates of good standing and or existence

Information available to be mailed: Below is a list of pamphlets not available online which can be mailed to you either by leaving your mailing address and request at: or by voice telephone at 410-767-1180.
  • Information Guide for Forming a Corporation
  • Information Guide for Articles of Dissolution
  • Information Guide and Forms for Articles of Revival
  • Information Guide for Changing Principal Office and Resident Agent Address
  • Information Guide for Articles of Merger
  • Information Guide for Articles of Transfer
  • Information Guide for Forming a Limited Partnership
  • Information Guide for Registration and Qualification of Foreign Corporations
  • Information Guide for UCC Filings
  • Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
  • Maryland Limited Liability Partnership
  • Guide for Articles of Amendment changing from Stock to Nonstock Corporation
  • Foreign Corporation Assumed Name Form
  • Form for Registration of Name/Renewal of Name Registration for Foreign Corporations