Maryland Business Entity & Corporation Search

Maryland (MD) State ShapeMaryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation, a subdivision of the MD Secretary of State maintains the records of all the registered business entities in the state.

The database contains basic information about the registered businesses such as name, address, owner(s) information etc. 

The database is open to the public and can be accessed on the Maryland Secretary of State website.

Conducting a business search can be helpful for numerous reasons, such as:

  • Researching and checking business name availability
  • To download the certificate of formation/certificate of good standing.
  • Finding information about any business
  • Checking if the business is legally registered in the state or not

Maryland Secretary of State Business Entity Search

You have two options to conduct the search:

  • Business Name – Choose this method if you don’t know the complete name of the business or don’t know the department ID. 
  • Department ID – If you know the ID, you can directly query the business details.

By Business Name

Step 1: Visit the Maryland Business Express business entity search page – Link.

Maryland (MD) Business Entity Search

Step 2: Enter the name of the business you are looking for in the text box.

Step 3: Select ‘Business Name‘ checkbox.

Step 4: Click on the search button.

Search Tips

  1. You can conduct the search using partial business name.  The result will display all the business names containing the entered string.
  2. Avoid using common puntuations and business designators such as LLC, LLP etc.

Step 5: On the next page, you can view list of businesses matching the search criteria.

For example, we searched for the keyword ‘internet’ on the SOS database. Here is what the results look like:

Maryland (MD) Business Entity Search Result

The search results will have the following information about each entity:

  • Department ID
  • Business Name
  • Status

Step 6: Select the desired business by clicking on the ‘View Business Details’ button.

Step 7: On the final page, you’ll be able to view complete information about the selected business.

Maryland (MD) Business Entity Details

Explanation of the terms used in the business information page:

Department ID NumberBusiness ID number
Business NameBusiness Entity Name
Principal OfficeOffice Address
Resident AgentRegistered Agent Name & Address
StatusBusiness Status – Active/Inactive/Dissolved
Good StandingIndicated whether the business is in good standing with SOS or not.
Business TypeBusiness Type – LLC/Corporation/Partnership/Domestic/Foreign
Business CodeBusiness Classification Code
Date of Formation/ RegistrationDate of business formation
State of FormationState of business formation
Stock StatusStock Information
  • To view the filing history click on the ‘Filing History’ tab.
  • To order the certificate of status, click on ‘Order Certificate of Status‘ button (fees will be applicable).

By Business ID

Each business is assigned a 9 characters unique identifier by the Secretary of State. Using this ID you can directly search form the business information.

This method is mostly used by business owners/registered agents.

Step 1: Open Maryland SOS business search page (opens in new tab).

Step 2: Enter the ‘Department ID‘ number in the text box.

Step 3: Select ‘Department ID‘ checkbox.

Step 4: Click on ‘Search‘.

Step 5: The business entity corresponding to the Department ID will be listed on the next page. In case the ID is incorrect, you will receive an error ‘INVALID ID‘.

Step 6: Click on the ‘View Business Details‘ button to view further information about the business.

MD Secretary of State Contact Information
AddressPhysical Address
Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation
301 W. Preston St.,
Baltimore, MD 21201-2395 (Directions)
Social MediaTwitter / FB
PhonePhone: 410-767-1184
Hours8:00 AM–4:30 PM (Mon to Fri)

Links & References

  1. http://www.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx
  2. http://www.maryland.gov/pages/business.aspx

Last Updated on: 28/03/2019

  • Hey Meredith,

    Am in process of registering a LLC in Maryland. The name of the business is unique in the Maryland state but the exact business name is registered in California.

    So my question is can I register it? Will there any complication?


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