Maryland Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your Maryland LLC.

Preparing and filing your articles of organization is the first step in starting your limited liability company (LLC). Approval of this document secures your business name and creates the legal entity of the LLC. Only after this approval can you obtain a Federal Tax ID (EIN), open a bank account, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.

Benefits

Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of the members (owners) and managers
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
  • Adds credibility

Fast Facts

Agency:Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT)
Form:

Articles of Organization for Limited Liability Company

Filing Method:

Mail, fax, in-person, or online

Agency Fee:

$100 + optional $5 returned mail fee + optional $50 expedited service fee. The expedite fee is required to file online, by fax, or in-person.

Turnaround:

~10+ weeks. ~7 business days with expedite fee online or by fax. Same-day if filed in-person with expedite fee by 4:15pm.

Law:

Code of Maryland - Corporations and Associations - Title 5: Special Types of Corporations

Notes:
  • If you do not pay the expedite fee, you could wait 10+ weeks for the secretary to process your articles.
  • Upon processing, you will only receive notice of filing if you pay the $5 return mail fee. Otherwise, look in the secretary's online records ~10 business days after processing to see your entity record.
Fact Checked:6/13/17
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