Maryland Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal

Registration requirements for Maryland business entities

Business entities that plan to use a name other than their legal business name may need to register an assumed name. Assumed name registration can take place at the state, local, or state and local levels of government. State specific registration information is available below.

Initial Application for Registration

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

Trade Name Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$25 plus a $3 credit card fee if applying online.

Is registration mandatory?:

Trade name registration is optional.

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:

Registration of a trade name does not confer ownership rights.

  • Publication of registration is not required in Maryland.
Fact Checked:3/17/17

Renewal Filing

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


Agency Fee:

$25 plus a $3 credit card fee if renewing online.


Due by the date of registration every 5 years.


MD Corp and Assn Code § 1-406

Fact Checked:3/17/17
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