Maryland Registered Agent Services
CorpNet can act as your Maryland registered agent ensuring your business stays compliant with any service of process, legal notices, or official mailings.
Our registered agent services are fast, affordable, guaranteed, and just $149 per year.
Why You Need to Appoint a Registered Agent in Maryland
When a new Maryland business is formed, the company must designate a resident agent (commonly called a registered agent) and registered office within the Articles of Organization for an LLC or the Articles of Incorporation for a Corporation.
Appointing a resident agent is legally required under Maryland Statute 2-108.
Failure to appoint and maintain a proper resident agent could result in default judgments (in the case of a lawsuit), fines, and penalties. You might also risk having your business “forfeited” in the state of Maryland. Forfeited means the right of the entity to conduct business in the State of Maryland has been relinquished and it has no right to use its name. For domestic corporations, this also means that the business has no existence under the laws of the State of Maryland.
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What Does a Registered Agent Do?
A registered agent is an individual or business that is appointed by the company to receive and sign for any legal service of process documents, notices, or demands served upon the company.
Some examples of the documentation include:
- Official federal and state correspondence
- Subpoenas for information
- Tax notices
- Lawsuit notifications
- Summonses to appear in court
- Wage garnishment notices
- Corporate filing notifications
What Maryland Business Entities Require a Registered Agent?
The following domestic and foreign businesses require a resident agent in Maryland:
- Stock Corporation
- Tax Exempt Nonstock Corporation
- Standard Nonstock Corporation
- Close Corporation
- Limited Liability Company (LLC)
- Limited Partnership (LP)
- Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
Who Qualifies as a Registered Agent in Maryland?
To serve as a resident agent or office, you must meet the following requirements:
- An individual or entity that is designated to accept service of process
- The resident agent must be either an adult citizen of Maryland, a Maryland corporation, or a Maryland LLC
- An LLC cannot act as its own resident agent
Why a Commercial Registered Agent is Your Best Option
A commercial registered agent has filed a special listing statement with a state’s agency responsible for business registrations and compliance. Information that a commercial registered agent provides on the list includes its company name, entity type, and address to which service of process should be sent.
Commercial registered agents often maintain a physical address in multiple states and work with many business entities. Commercial agents like CorpNet also will notify businesses of upcoming state filings and legal notices and they can prepare and submit compliance filings on your behalf.
There are many advantages to working with a commercial registered agent. From convenience and privacy to easy online document access, a commercial registered agent offers peace of mind.
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For many years, and through several different companies, CorpNet has been there for me. I have used their LLC formation and dissolution services…and then their formation service again, and then once again. I have also taken advantage of their services for annual report filing as well as registered agent monitoring and notification. I honestly don’t know what I’d do if left to my own devices with these matters.
What really makes CorpNet stand out, in my opinion, is the level of service, the consistency of the experience, and the price. You speak to live humans whenever you want (during business hours, of course). And beyond that, these are live humans that actually get to know you. State fees aside, the fees for CorpNet services are so nominal. And you just can’t put a price on doing the best you can for your small business. You and your company provide endless examples of how to rock a small business on every level.
FAQs About Maryland Registered Agent Services
Does Maryland require a registered agent?
Yes. The majority of businesses within the state of Maryland must appoint a resident agent and office.
What government entity manages resident agents in Maryland?
Maryland State Department of Assessments & Taxation
301 West Preston Street, Room 801
Baltimore, MD 21201
What forms are used to appoint or change a resident agent in Maryland?
- Articles of Incorporation
- Articles of Organization
- Resolution to Change Principal Office or Resident Agent
- There is no official form to resign as a resident agent in Maryland. A resident agent may resign by filing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments & Taxation a copy of the signed resignation
How much does a registered agent cost?
There is a wide range of pricing for registered agents. Some service providers offer super low rates, however, this comes with limited services, hidden costs, and they do not offer important things your business needs like compliance monitoring, online customer portals, live customer service, or a money-back guarantee.
While at face value, a low-priced registered agent may seem like a sweet deal, things can turn sour quickly. So rather than looking only at the price low-cost providers flash prominently on their websites, dig deeper into what you’ll be getting and what you’re not getting.
How do I change my existing registered agent?
Registered Agent changes must be made by filing a Resolution to Change form with the Maryland State Department of Assessments & Taxation.
If you hire a commercial registered agent, they can process the paperwork for you. Request CorpNet to change your registered agent for you.
Can my registered agent manage my annual report?
Yes! When you appoint a commercial registered agent you can receive a wide range of business compliance assistance. CorpNet handles online filings for a wide range of requirements at the state, federal, and local levels:
- File Articles of Incorporation
- File Articles of Organization
- File a foreign qualification
- File a DBA (Doing Business As)
- File initial reports and annual reports
- Request an S Corporation election
- Request EINs (Federal Tax ID Numbers)
- Register for business licenses
- Register for sales and use tax permits
- Register for payroll taxes
Are discounts available for multiple businesses or states?
CorpNet offers nationwide registered agent services supporting multi-state, multi-company, and bulk registrations. Our full coverage across the United States is enhanced by a single point of contact that offers volume discounts for multiple entities, states, or years of service.