While Maryland’s not a big state, it’s still prudent to conduct a Business Entity Search through the Dept. of Assessments & Taxation (a critical resource) to ensure the name you want to file/register isn’t already taken or too similar to another. For any potential trademark issues, use the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.
Once you’ve squared away the name, you’ll need to get a Maryland Trade Name Application.
As you can see the form is pretty comprehensive with instructions, fee information and so forth. Before filling in anything make sure to read (and understand) every word. This is especially the case if you don’t have legal representation and aren’t working with a DBA registration service.
Don’t wing this. If you’re unsure about anything then utilize the countless resources at your disposal. If for no other reason than saving yourself the filing fee.
Once you’ve double and triple checked, get the document notarized by an authorized individual. Filing in Maryland can be done in person at the designated agency, through mail or by fax.
A filing fee of $25 for regular processing or an additional $50 for expedited processing should be enclosed and addressed to the Department of Assessments and Taxation. There’s a $75 “Total Expedited Service” as well. Once you get confirmation, you’ll officially be the owner of a Maryland DBA.
Take note that this is an informational guide on how to file a MD DBA only, not legal advice or a legal document. For legal questions or legal concerns pertaining to starting a business in Maryland, seek a business lawyer’s expert advice.