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Your business must appoint a Maryland registered agent to receive documents in legal matters, including notice of lawsuit. Our reliable registered agent service fulfills this requirement. You get:

  • Same-day documents from our local office in Oakland
  • Immediate online access to state forms with our address and, where required, our signature
  • Annual fees from $89Multi-Year Discount to $99 per state with no additional charges
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Registered Agents in Maryland—Duties, Requirements, and More

In Maryland, all filing entities must appoint a registered agent with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT). Also known as “resident agents” in the state, they serve an important purpose of accepting service of process and other official correspondence on your behalf.

Before you start browsing registered agents in Maryland, you should know who can qualify to become one and how to appoint them. This guide will give you all the relevant information so that you can choose the best agent for your organization.

You’ll also learn how Harbor Compliance performs the duties of a registered agent, helping your organization operate without legal setbacks.

Responsibilities of Maryland Registered Agents

A registered agent receives and forwards legal and government notices, ensuring you can respond promptly to any legal action and otherwise meet your obligations to the state of Maryland.

The agent must maintain a Maryland address to which process servers can deliver notices (P.O. boxes are not allowed). If the agent isn’t found at the address and service of process can’t be delivered, you may not know that your organization is involved in litigation.

This can lead to severe consequences like default judgment—a ruling made in the plaintiff’s favor as a result of your absence in court. The best way to avoid the constant fear of such escalations is to choose a trustworthy agent who will ensure your notices are processed and delivered timely.

Maryland Registered Agent Requirements

Section 1-101 of the Maryland Statutes, subsection (x) defines a resident agent as one of the following:

  1. An individual residing in the state
  2. A Maryland organization (other than yours)

The only requirements for an individual agent are legal age and a street address in Maryland. This means you can appoint anyone from a friend or family member to someone from your organization or even yourself.

Still, appointing an individual agent exposes you to the aforementioned risk of unavailability. Your agent should be reachable at their address at any time during regular business hours, and most people’s schedules don’t allow for such constant availability.

That’s why partnering with another organization—also known as a commercial agent—is considered a safer option. They often have a more robust process and employ multiple individuals who can accept your notice, so the risk of missed correspondence is practically non-existent.

How To Appoint or Change Your Registered Agent in Maryland

The process of appointing a registered agent is straightforward—if you’re forming a new organization, all you need to do is fill out the relevant section of your formation documents. The documents vary according to your business structure, as shown in the following table:

Business Structure Formation Filings
Corporation Articles of Incorporation
Nonprofit corporation Articles of Incorporation
LLC Articles of organization for LLCs

Organizations expanding into Maryland must appoint an agent in their foreign qualification documents. You most likely won’t be able to obtain a certificate of authority without doing so because a registered agent is mandatory for domestic and foreign organizations alike.

After entering the agent’s name and address, you need to ask them to sign the written consent included in the filings. Once you’ve filled out the other necessary sections, you can submit your documents to the Department of Assessments and Taxation.

If you wish to change your agent, you need to file the Resolution to Change Principal Office or Resident Agent. You can also use this document to update the existing agent’s details (such as their address), though a commercial agent might spare you the effort. They can update the Department on behalf of all represented entities by submitting the Resident Agent’s Notice of Change of Address.

Maryland Registered Agent Service by Harbor Compliance

Harbor Compliance is one of the nation’s leading Registered Agent Service providers. With a local office in Oakland, we can ensure all official correspondence reaches you efficiently and without delays—here’s how it works:

  1. We receive your notice and process it on the same day
  2. You get an email with a link to the secure Client Portal
  3. You open the Client Portal, from which you can download your notice and access pre-filled state forms

By combining our extensive know-how with easy-to-use software, we provide a reliable service that lets you stay on top of all your notices. In case of legal action, we take the extra precaution of calling the person associated with the account by phone to make sure the notice isn’t missed.

A registered agent is only one of Maryland’s many requirements, and we can help you meet all your additional obligations through an array of services, such as:

Individual Maryland Registered Agent vs. Harbor Compliance

Engaging with Harbor Compliance offers numerous benefits you might not get with an individual agent, most notably:

  • Privacy—The Department of Assessments and Taxation keeps records of registered agents whose information is publicly available. By appointing us, you can rest assured your name and address won’t enter the public record, as they would if you appointed yourself.
  • Reliability—Our Oakland office is open whenever government agencies and other institutions are, and someone is always available to receive your correspondence. There’s no risk of abrupt absence and missed notices.
  • Security—We implement industry-standard security measures (data encryption, cloud monitoring, etc.), and all our team members sign confidentiality agreements so you can rest assured your data is in safe hands.
  • Convenience—If you expanded your organization to multiple states, you’d need a separate individual agent in each. By contrast, Harbor Compliance has local offices across the U.S., so you can appoint us in several jurisdictions and manage your notices electronically through the Client Portal.
  • Ongoing support—Harbor Compliance is more than a registered agent, so you can reach out to us if you need help meeting other statutory obligations without juggling multiple providers. Our experts will suggest the most effective solutions and services to help your organization operate without disruptions.

How To Appoint Harbor Compliance as Your Registered Agent in Maryland

Our Registered Agent Service is available if you’re doing any of the following:

  1. Registering a new legal entity
  2. Expanding into Maryland from another state
  3. Changing your current registered agent

Refer to the following sections to learn about the process of appointing us in each scenario.

Registering a New Organization

We’ve developed three services to help new Maryland organizations get up and running as quickly as possible:

  1. Incorporation
  2. Nonprofit formation
  3. LLC formation

Choose the service corresponding to your business structure, and we’ll complete the registration process for you, naming Harbor Compliance your registered agent along the way.

If you prefer to register independently, take the following steps to appoint us:

  1. Order our Registered Agent Service as a standalone option.
  2. Open the Client Portal to find the address of our Oakland office and pre-filled state forms with our signatures.
  3. Fill out and submit the forms to the Department of Assessments and Taxation.

Expanding Into Maryland

If you’re expanding your organization from another state into Maryland, our Foreign Qualification Service package can save you many headaches and a lot of time. All you need to do is complete this wizard, and we’ll handle the process from start to finish.

While obtaining your Maryland certificate of authority, we’ll appoint Harbor Compliance as your registered agent and provide the service at no extra cost for a year.

Changing Your Agent

There’s an easier way to change your registered agent than submitting the aforementioned form. If you order our Registered Agent Service, we can take care of the change on your behalf.

To leverage this option, add the Change of Agent service before checking out. When the signup is complete, we’ll update the Department of Assessments and Taxation on the change.

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How to Appoint Us as Your Maryland Registered Agent


Appoint us as your Maryland registered agent when you incorporate your business or form your LLC. Sign up for registered agent service and file using the state forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.

Foreign Qualification

Appoint us as your agent when you apply for a certificate of authority to transact business in Maryland. Sign up for Maryland registered agent service and file using the forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.

Change Agent

Changing your registered agent to us is easy. Sign up for Maryland registered agent service and file using the forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.

Book of Business

Harbor Compliance is a provider of nationwide registered agent service. We can help you consolidate your agent representation and achieve cost savings. Our specialists manage the process to change registered agents so that virtually no work is required on your part. We will complete the state filings to appoint us as your registered agent. Additionally, we can extend your subscription term so that you avoid double payment for any portion of your current contract. There’s no reason to wait. Simply contact us for consolidation and we’ll take care of the rest. If you have registered agent appointments spanning multiple states or entities, contact us today.

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Maryland Registered Agent FAQs

Here, you’ll see some common questions regarding Maryland registered agents. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, visit our extensive Information Center for further guidance.

A registered agent is obligatory for all domestic organizations, as well as foreign organizations expanding into Maryland.

A registered agent can be an individual of legal age residing in the state or a Maryland organization other than yours.

You can appoint yourself as a registered agent, but you’d need to be available at the provided address at all times during regular business hours.

You can search for organizations on the Maryland Business Express website, and the result will reveal the organization’s registered agent.

Let Harbor Compliance Be Your Maryland Registered Agent

To avoid the fear of missed legal notices and the burden of accepting them yourself, order our Registered Agent Service today. Your correspondence will be managed by experts, allowing you more freedom and flexibility in running your organization.

If you need additional guidance to stay on top of your statutory obligations, you can also do the following:

To learn more about our registered agent service in other jurisdictions, refer to the following table:

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