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The Process

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Starting a business can be challenging for anyone. We understand and we're here to help. The new Maryland Central Business Licensing and Registration Portal offers a step-by-step process to register your business online from one easy-to-use website. 

Before you begin the actual registration process, there are a few items you should consider, such as creating a business plan, choosing a business structure, name, and location, and checking county and local zoning requirements. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for important details about starting a business.

Once you are ready to go, visit the Maryland Central Business Licensing and Registration PortalThe site will enable you to:Maryland Online Business Registration

  • Register your business and form the legal business entity with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.
  • Search against existing Maryland business names and register a business trade name with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.
  • Establish your necessary tax accounts with the Comptroller of the Treasury.
  • Get easy access to obtain and/or enter a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) from the IRS.

Not sure if you're ready? Check out the "demo"​ which will give you a sneak peek into the registration process.

State and local license requirements

Once you have completed online registration, visit our licensing​ page to find state and local license requirements for your business and licensing examples for common business types, such as online businesses, child care centers and assisted living facilities.


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Additional Regulations

So you’re registered through the Portal and visited BLIS to find out if any additional licenses are necessary. Just a few more items to check off the list from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), a major occupational and professional licensing agency. Divisions in DLLR related to starting a business include: