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Forming a Corporation in Maryland

If you want to incorporate a corporation, Company Express will research the availability of chosen company name, prepare for you and file with the Secretary of State office all required corporate paperwork and obtain certified copy of filed documents, if it will be requested by the client.  We also will appoint registered agent for your corporation, as required by the state law, and will help with many of your follow-up corporate needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing. You can find below some of the State incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Maryland requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with name of any existing entity. Company Express will research your company name to make sure it meets Maryland's standards.

Permitted designations: corporate names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:
  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.
Restricted designations: The use of the following words in corporation's name will require approval by the state:
  • Architect
  • Architecture
  • Attorney
  • Auditor
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Cpa
  • Credit Union
  • Engineer
  • Insurer
  • Land Surveyor
  • Public Accountant

Filing Requirements

Please note, that we, at Company Express, will handle all required incorporation filing for you. The following information is presented for your information only.

Required documents: Articles of Incorporation filed with the Department of Assessments and Taxation.

Turnaround time: About 5-7 business days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Minimum one director is required. Corporations are also required to have a president, secretary and treasurer.

Director qualifications: No provision.

Appearance in articles: Required. Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.

Principal office location / Registered Agent

Corporation's principal office must be located inside the state for record keeping, but does not require business be conducted there. Local registered agent is required.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Personal property return should be filed on or before April 15.

Signatures: Only company officers are authorized to sign annual reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are not accepted.

Filing extensions: Permitted.

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