How to Start a Maryland LLC

Maryland LLC Formation – Basics & Helpful Information

This article is meant to be a general overview of the Maryland LLC formation process; including information about how to start a Maryland LLC and other basic issues related to Maryland LLCs.

Maryland Filing Fees

The fee to file your Articles of Organization to form a Maryland LLC is $100.00 plus $50.00 to expedite the filing for a quicker turn around.

Maryland Filing Time

Regular processing time to file mailed in documents can be up to 8 weeks or more. Expedited processing for an additional fee of $50.00 reduces the turnaround time to 7 business days, or same day processing if documents are hand-delivered between 8:30 and 4:30 and if you are in line by 4:15pm. Documents filed online are considered expedited and are processed within 7 business days.

Maryland Annual Compliance Requirements

Maryland LLCs are required to file a Personal Property Return by April 15 each year to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, for a fee of $300.00. The report may be filed online or on paper and mailed in. Failure to file this return will result in forfeiture of the right to conduct business in Maryland. LLCs are not required to pay a franchise tax or a privilege tax.

How to Form an LLC in Maryland

You can use this checklist to help guide you through the process of forming a Maryland LLC:

Step 1: Decide on a Business Name

Step 2: Register your LLC with the State

Step 3: Create and Sign the LLC's Governing Document

Step 4: Get an EIN

Step 5: Get Licenses and Permits

Registering a Foreign LLC in Maryland

Helpful Tips & Information

Use an LLC formation service like IncFile to help you form an LLC in Maryland. IncFile has FREE LLC formation packages (you only pay the state filing fee).


Free Business Name Availability Search
Online Filing Portal
Maryland License and Permit Information
Online EIN Application (for the LLC’s Federal Tax ID)
USPTO (Federal) Trademark Search