Maryland LLC Annual Report

Last updated on November 23, 2022

LLCs formed in Maryland need to file this report with the Maryland Secretary of State each and every year. i.e., annually. Read about how to file this report.

File report online

Visit the official state government’s website to submit annual report online.

Visit Maryland official website
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What is an LLC?

Limited Liability Company

LLC is a business entity in the U.S that provides limited liability to its members. It has characteristics from both corporation and sole proprietorship. LLCs are permitted under State statutes of each US state.

Limited liability

Personal assets are protected for people with limited liability when they are sued.


A business entity that can issue shares and give limited liability to shareholders.


Owners of an LLC are referred to as members. They own membership interest in the LLC.

Sole proprietorship

Where an individual engages in business activity without formal organization.

Why file the report?

Maryland LLC Annual Report

An annual report is used to keep an LLC’s contact information up-to-date and to stay in good standing with the Secretary of State.

Filed every year

Each and every LLCs formed in Maryland must file this report every year.

Update your business information

The annual report is primarily used to update business data such as the nature of business activity, gross sales transactions, and the status of business personal property. 

File online or via mail

Annual report can be filed either online or by mail.

Change in Address

You can also change your company mailing address by updating it on the annual report when it is due.

Maryland actions

Here are some of the actions business owners can take in Maryland:

How to file Annual Report in Maryland?

Follow these steps:

1. Visit official website

Every Maryland LLC is required to file an Annual Report each year. Every year April 15 is the due date for your Maryland LLC annual report.


annually by April 15

Head over to Maryland's official website to file this report.

Filing fee


The Annual Report must be postmarked, complete and compliant, before April 15 to avoid late fees.

LLC Annual Report

Every LLC has to file this report in Maryland to stay compliant with the state laws.

Filing Annual Report

Maryland LLC is expected to file this report annually

  • File it online on Maryland State Dept. of Assessments website


  • Mail a form to Maryland State Dept. of Assessments website



Department of Assessments and Taxation

Taxpayer Services Division

P.O. Box 17052

Baltimore, MD 21297

Online fee


Mailing fee


Failure to pay

If you file your report late, Maryland will charge you 1/10 of a percent of your property value. There is an extra two percent interest for every 30 days that your return is filed late. Failure to file will result in your business being assessed at twice the originally estimated value, so your late fees will be doubled, or your LLC may be dissolved.


It is due annually and must be postmarked by April 15.

Articles of Organization

In Maryland, Articles of Organization is the form you file with the Secretary of State to form an LLC. It contains the articles of formation for the LLC.

Filing Articles of Organization

There are a couple of ways to file

  • File it online on Maryland Business Express website


  • Mail a form to the state department



Department of Assessments and Taxation

301 W. Preston Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Online fee


Online processing time

5 - 7 days

Mailing fee


Mail processing time

4 - 6 weeks

Entity name

Every LLC should have a unique name in Maryland. Maryland maintains a list of names of entities in the state. Go through it to check if your chosen name is available.

Search for names

Go to the official website of the Maryland business entity search tool to see if the name you want is available.

Searching fee



You can reserve a name for your LLC for a specific duration by paying reservation fees to the Maryland department of assessments and taxation business services. You will have to file your LLC formation documents within this period to keep the name. Alternatively, you can directly go ahead with the LLC formation without any reservation. That's fine too.

Reservation fee


Reservation period

30 days

LLC naming guidelines

The name you choose for your LLC must the official naming guidelines.

  • Maryland Code §1-502(b)


Here are some of the guidelines in simple language:

  • 1

    The name of a limited liability company must include: (1) The words "limited liability company"; (2) "L.L.C."; (3) "LLC"; (4) "L.C."; or (5) "LC".

  • 2

    Don’t include terms that indicate that you are doing an activity that you are not authorised to do.

  • 3

    Your name should be ‘distinguishable’ in the Secretary of State records. Adding a punctuation or ‘the’ does not make it distinguishable.

  • 4

    Don’t use words that makes it seems like you are a governmental entity or has an affiliation.

Frequently asked questions

LLC Annual Report in Maryland

It is very important to maintain full compliance in Maryland. Filing these reports helps you protect your personal assets by maintaining limited liability and also to be in good standing with the state. Read our guides to learn how to start and manage a business in Maryland.

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