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Order Copies of Business Documents

Order Documents Online

Most documents filed after August 2001 can be viewed for free by the public online through the Business Entity Search. You may need certified copies of these documents for various reasons, such as opening a bank account. To view or order copies of documents, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Business Entity Search
  2. Enter the business name or Department ID for the business for which you need documents
  3. Select the appropriate business from the results
  4. Click the 'Filing History' tab to see the documents (in PDF format) associated with the business
  5. Select the eye icon to view the document (a line through the eye denotes a document which cannot be sent electronically - it can be sent via postal mail)
  6. To order copies, click on the Order Documents button at the bottom right of the screen

Order Documents by Postal Mail

For documents ordered via mail, the fee is $1.00 per page. For expedited service, add $20.00 and indicate "expedited service requested" on the envelope and on the letter requesting the copies. For certified copies, add $20.00 for the first copy and $1.00 for each additional copy of the same document. Enclose a check or money order made payable to "State Department of Assessments and Taxation" or "SDAT". Mail to:

State Department of Assessments and Taxation
Corporate Charter Division
301 West Preston Street, Room 801
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Walk-In Service

The Corporate Charter Division's in-person service counter is available Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm at the address listed above. This walk-in service is considered expedited, incurring a fee of $40.00 for the first certificate and $1.00 for each copy of the same certificate.

Certificate of Status

A “Certificate of Status” is often required by a business to obtain a license, a license renewal or a loan. Also called a “good standing” certificate, it is issued by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation. On the specific date and time of the request, the Department issues a certificate verifying that a business entity is in “good standing,” which means that all documents and fees required by law to be submitted to the Department have been received and that no other government agency has notified the Department that the entity is out of compliance.

For more information on why your business may not be in Good Standing status, visit the Maintain Good Standing Status page.

Order Certificate of Status Online

To obtain a certificate for a business registered with the Department, visit Maryland Business Express, and select “Certificate of Status”. The authenticity of Certificates purchased online can be verified here.

Order Certificate of Status by Postal Mail

For Certificate of Status ordered via mail, the fee is $20.00. Enclose a check or money order made payable to "State Department of Assessments and Taxation" or "SDAT". Mail to:

State Department of Assessments and Taxation
Corporate Charter Division
301 West Preston Street, Room 801
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Walk-In Service

The Corporate Charter Division’s in-person service counter is available Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm at the address listed above. This walk-in service is considered expedited, incurring a fee of $40.00 for the first certificate and $1.00 for each copy of the same certificate.

Additional Notes

Certificates are NOT available for entities that:

  • do not have a Resident Agent,
  • have not filed all Annual Reports and Personal Property Tax Returns, or
  • have unpaid penalties.

If a business is not in good standing with SDAT, it is recommended that all issues be resolved before purchasing a certificate.

Certificates are NOT available for:

  • Trade Names,
  • Name reservations,
  • Sole Proprietorships,
  • Government entities, or
  • Special entities such as public utilities.