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Register a Foreign LLC in Maryland

To register a foreign LLC in Maryland, you must file a Maryland Foreign Limited Liability Company Registration with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation, Corporate Charter Division. You can submit this document by mail, in person, or online. The Foreign Limited Liability Company Registration costs $100 to file. The following guide on registering a foreign LLC in Maryland answers the most common questions about how to file the Maryland Foreign Limited Liability Company Registration, but you can also sign up for our Maryland Foreign LLC service and let Northwest handle the details for you.

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What does it cost to register a foreign LLC in Maryland?

$100 for normal processing.
$50 additional for expedited mailed filings.
$5 return mail processing fee.
3% service/convenience fee for online payments.

How long does it take for the state to process the Maryland Application for Registration?

Online filings: 3 days
Mailed filings: 4-6 weeks
Expedited mailed filings: about 7 business days

How will I get verification of registration back from Maryland?

If you file by mail, you will receive an acknowledgement of filing by mail.

What forms do I file with Maryland to register my out of state LLC?

The Foreign Limited Liability Company Registration form, a Certificate of Good Standing and filing fee is required.

What do I need from my home state?

Certificate of Good Standing.

Does it need to be an original copy?


How current does the certificate need to be?

Maryland requires a Certificate of Good Standing to have been issued within the last 60 days.

Will I need an Maryland registered agent for my LLC?

Yes, when you hire Northwest as your Maryland registered agent, we provide all the forms and filing instructions to register your LLC in Maryland. It’s the same price every year, and there are no weird fees or cancellation fees.

You’ll also see all the pre-populated forms and specific filing instructions on the thank you page, in your online account, and they will be emailed to you immediately upon signing up for 1 year of registered agent service.

Does the Maryland registered agent need to sign the filing?


How can I file the Maryland Application for Registration?

By mail, online or in person. Online is the fastest (3 days or 1 day if you choose expedited online processing), and mailed filings take several weeks, but you can also get your mailed filing expedited for 7-day processing.

What is the state agency that accepts the out of state registration?

Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation
Corporate Charter Division
301 W. Preston St. Room 801
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: 410-767-1340
Fax 410-333-7097

Do the signatures on the Maryland LLC application need to be original?


Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?

An authorized person of the LLC and the Registered Agent must sign the form.

Are there any weird things about registering in Maryland?

If you file by mail, there is an additional $5 filing fee to return a copy of your documents to you. If the $5 fee is not paid, they will assume you did not want the original documents returned. If you file online, images of all documents are available at no charge for viewing and printing within 7 business days on their website.

County filing or publication is not necessary for foreign LLCs, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.

Are there ongoing Maryland annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?

The Maryland annual report (also called the Maryland Personal Property Return) is due April 15th.

What about Maryland taxes?

You are subject to Maryland taxes, just like a Maryland LLC.

How do I withdraw from doing business in Maryland?

You can withdraw a business from Maryland by filing a Certificate of Cancellation.

What are your fees?

You’ll need to have an Maryland registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in Maryland. It’s a flat rate, once a year fee, and includes more than other registered agents.

We charge a $100 one-time filing service fee if you would like us to obtain the certificates needed from your home state, and register your company in any state you choose. We have offices in every state and can act as your registered agent and make your filings for you in any state. If you would like to register with multiple states at once, we can usually drop our filing service fee down.

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