How to Change Your Resident Agent in Maryland
To change your resident agent in Maryland, you must complete and file a Change Resident Agent form with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT), Charter Division. The Maryland Change Resident Agent must be submitted by mail, fax, or in person and costs $25 to file. When you hire Northwest to be your new registered agent, we will file your Maryland Change Resident Agent paperwork for you and pay the state filing fee.
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Steps to Changing Your Maryland Resident Agent
If you would like to change your resident agent in Maryland, you will need to complete the following three general steps:
- Select a new Maryland resident agent. If you hire Northwest for our registered agent service, you can just as well stop reading now. We’ll handle the state filing for you and pay your filing fee.
- Notify your former resident agent that you’re moving on.
- Complete and submit your Maryland Change Resident Agent form to the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation, Charter Division.
What are the options and different ways you can change your Maryland resident agent?
Maryland calls the registered agent for a business entity a “resident agent.” The two terms mean the same thing. Although Maryland corporations and LLCs have slightly different statutory requirements to change the resident agent, the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) provides one form that works for all entities. A Maryland corporation or LLC can also change its Maryland resident agent when it files articles of amendment. The new resident agent has to consent to the appointment by signing the change of agent or amendment form. Maryland SDAT allows you to mail, fax or drop off documents for filing.
If you fax file, your processing will be expedited and your card will be charged for the fee. We actually recommend faxing though, because it is fast and easy. Faxed forms require your Visa or MasterCard information on the Expedited Request by Fax Cover Sheet.
You can file your documents in person for same day processing in line at the Maryland SDAT counter by 4:15 and pay the expedite fee. If you drop off documents you can pay with check, cash, or money order. If you mail documents to the Maryland SDAT, you need to include a check for fees. All checks should be payable to the State Department of Assessments and Taxation.
For the steps to take to ensure your former agent’s service and obligations come to an end, see our Maryland registered agent resignation page.
Changing Your Maryland Resident Agent FAQs
How much does it cost to change your resident agent in Maryland?
The filing fee to change the Maryland resident agent for a corporation or LLC is $25.
There is an additional $50 fee for expedited processing.
Don’t want to pay the change of agent fee? Switch your resident agent to Northwest, and we’ll pay the change of agent fee to switch to us! Just sign up for resident agent service. You’ll see the pre-populated change of agent form in your online account. Fill it out with your company info, sign it, and email or mail it to us, and we’ll get it filed with the state. It’s that simple!
How long does it take the state to process and complete the change of resident agent in Maryland?
Normal processing takes the SDAT at least 8 weeks. When you include mail time, don’t be surprised if it is 10 weeks or more before you receive your confirmation.
Expedited processing is completed within 7 business days.
Mailed documents are processed normally, unless you request expedited service and pay the fee. If you wish to expedite processing of mailed documents write “EXPEDITED SERVICE REQUESTED” on a cover letter and the envelope.
Walked in documents are expedited automatically you have to pay the expedite fee. Submit your documents in person and the SDAT will process them the same day.
Faxed documents are also automatically expedited, so the Maryland SDAT will charge the additional fee to the Visa or MasterCard you pay with.
How do I contact the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation?
Submit the form by mail, fax or in person to:
Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation
301 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2395
Fax file: 410-333-7097
What form do you file to change your resident agent in Maryland?
You can draft your own statement or resolution, or you can just submit the Change Resident Agent form to the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation. The signed form is in your online account immediately, when you sign up for Maryland resident agent service with Northwest.
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We have a team of Maryland experts that know the in-and-outs of all business filings and what the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation, Charter Division requires. As your resident agent we don’t wait around on any legal correspondence we receive on your behalf, we immediately scan it to your secure online portfolio so you can view it anytime, anywhere. Switch to Northwest Registered Agent today and we will file your Change Resident Agent form and pay your filing fee, all in less than a business day.
- Instant registered agent services annual price: $125.
- Instant Maryland forms located directly in your online account to make a filing in Maryland.
- State resources in your registered agent service account, with self-filing instructions to help you.
- We send multiple annual report reminders, and you can also track your due dates in your online account.
- We locally scan ‘service of process’ and all documents to you in real-time for no added cost.
- And, most importantly…We’re just not annoying™.