Maryland Certificate of Authority Filing Service
MD Foreign Corporation
If you own a corporation located in a state other than Maryland and want to do business in Maryland, you will need a Certificate of Authority to operate in Maryland. This is obtained by filing as a foreign corporation with the Maryland Secretary of State, Corporations Division. Once filed, the State of Maryland will return a completed certificate of authority to you. A foreign Maryland corporation is not to be confused with an out-of-country corporation. Any corporation not actually formed (Created) in the State of Maryland is considered to be a foreign corporation.
We charge for the state filing fees plus $100 to prepare and submit the Foreign Maryland Corporation Certificate of Authority form with the Corporations Division of the Maryland Secretary of State. We also will track down the forms needed from the home state of your incorporation to make the filing.
If you want to do the filing yourself: you just need to sign up for our registered agent service in Maryland and you’ll find the foreign corporation form is already in your online account immediately. There are also some filing tips on how to make the filing with the state. Your business needs to have a Maryland registered agent anyway, so we try to make the process simple and easy for you, whether you want us to do the filing or you want to send them to the Maryland Secretary of State yourself.
What Are My Next Steps?
You sign up for registered agent service first. You then can look at the foreign corporation form in your online account and also at our filing tips. If you don’t want to do the filing yourself, you can click the “Add services” tab in your account, and add our filing services for the state filing fees plus $100. You can see real time status of our work in progress in your online account at all times. Once we are finished with your Maryland foreign corporation registration, we always store the filing in your client account, email it to you, and mail you the original filed documents.