Maryland Business Name Search

Getting Started

Before searching the Maryland Business Name Database, you can save time by making sure your business name is unique and distinguishable from other existing business entities within the Maryland business name database. We suggest coming with a few name ideas in-mind incase any are unavailable, you can also learn more about registering a business name in Maryland from the government’s Business Express guidelines (click here to visit).

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Search business name availability

Contacting the local Secretary of State (SOS) office via Phone or Email is free and is the most reliable way to check your business name availability.

Online, you can search for Maryland businesses entities for free via the Maryland Business Express website (click here to visit) simply enter your business name into the search field.

Maryland Secretary of State Office

Websitesos.maryland.gov

Phone: (410) 974-5521

Email: dlmdsos_sos@maryland.gov

Hours: 8:30am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

You can register your business name via the Maryland Business Express portal.

You can see a full list of the State Department of Assessment & Taxation fees by clicking here.

There is a filing fee for Articles of Organization of around $100.

You can access the Maryland Checklist for New Business (by clicking here) to find out more information about exactly what is required to register your business.

Note: the Maryland Checklist for New Business is not intended to be a comprehensive guide, and they strongly recommend consulting an attorney, accountant or other business consultant for assistance if needed.

Further information about registration requirements can be found by contacting:

SDAT Business Personal Property Division
Telephone: 410-767-1170
OR

Corporate Charter Division
301 West Preston Street, 8th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: 410-767-1340
Email: SDAT.charterhelp@maryland.gov

For sole proprietors or legal entities respectively.

If you have thought of the perfect name for your business but are not yet ready to register it, you can reserve the name by contacting sdat.charterhelp@maryland.gov or 410-767-1802.

If your business is already set up and you would like to reserve another name to do business under, otherwise known as a ‘Trade Name’, click here to Register a Trade Name.


Registering your business Domain/website

Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to check if the domain name is available for your business. The last thing you want is to register your business name and find out another competitor or company already has a website with your name! Use our domain check below to instantly check availability.

Enter your business name to check domain availability