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Forming an LLC in Maryland

You've decided to start a start a limited liability company (LLC) in Baltimore, and now you're wondering about the next steps. Well, like other states, you'll need to file certain paperwork with the appropriate government agency. In Maryland, that means filing articles of organization with the state's Department of Assessments and Taxation. The articles must include the following information:

  • The LLC's name;
  • The LLC's principal office in the state; and
  • The name and address of the LLC's registered agent.

While the information listed above is required, the articles can also include any other provision that the LLC's members choose to include, as long as it's legal. The LLC is considered "formed" when the Department of Assessments and Taxation accepts the articles, or at a later time if specified in the articles.

For your convenience, FindLaw's Maryland LLC Formation Package provides all the necessary forms for starting an LLC in the state.

Forming an LLC in Maryland: Overview

The following table provides an overview of how to form a Maryland LLC as well as links to applicable statutes and the government agency responsible for regulating businesses in the state. Please remember that this is only a guide; it's best to read the statutes for yourself and consult with a legal professional if you have questions.

Statute(s) Maryland Code, Corporations and Associations, Title 4A, Section 4A-101, et seq. (Limited Liability Company Act)
Step-by-Step Process of Forming an LLC

Forming a Maryland LLC requires taking the following steps:

  1. Select a business name that's available and includes "limited liability company," "LLC," or "L.L.C."
  2. File the articles of organization with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation and pay the required filing fee.
  3. Appoint a registered agent (with a physical address in Maryland) who will accept legal papers on behalf of the LLC.
  4. Comply with applicable Maryland business tax requirements.
State Agency in Charge of LLC Formation

The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation is the government agency in charge of business organizations in the state.

Related Statute(s)

Maryland Code, Corporations and Associations

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Forming an LLC in Maryland: Related Resources

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Have Specific Questions About Forming an LLC in Maryland? Ask an Attorney

While the process for starting an LLC is pretty straightforward, a mistake can negatively affect the validity of your business status as an LLC and jeopardize the benefits you obtain from having an LLC status. The best way to ensure that your LLC is set up and running properly is to seek the help of an experienced legal professional. So if you have questions, or simply want some guidance on staring your LLC, it's best to consult with a local business organizations attorney.

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