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Form a Maryland DBA



Congratulations! You've started a new business and now you just need to make that name official. LegalZoom is your one stop shop to file your Doing Business As (DBA) statement with all of the necessary organizations. Also known as a fictitious business name, a DBA enables you to open bank accounts and conduct business with your new, legal name. Let LegalZoom help you get this process over and done with—today!



MARYLAND STATUTORY GUIDELINES

LegalZoom.com customizes your legal DBA filing to comply with local requirements, no matter where you live. However, if you're interested in the specifics, they are listed below.

When filing a DBA in Maryland, the name may not contain language stating or implying that the entity is organized for a purpose other than that allowed by the entity's:
  • Articles of incorporation, if the entity is a corporation;
  • Articles of organization, if the entity is a LLC;
  • Certificate of limited liability partnership, if the entity is limited liability partnership;
  • Certificate of limited partnership, if the entity is a limited partnership; or
  • Articles of incorporation, if the entity is a professional corporation.
The name of a limited partnership may not contain the name of a limited partner unless it is also the name of a general partner, or the business of the limited partnership had been carried on under the name before the admission of that limited partner.

Except for words specified below (required) the name of a professional corporation may not use any other word, abbreviation, affix, or prefix that indicates it is a corporation. The name of a corporation must include one of the following words or an abbreviation of one of the following words: "company" if it is not preceded by the word "and" or a symbol for the word "and," "corporation," "incorporated," or "limited." For limited liability companies, the name must include the words "LLC, "L.L.C," "L.C.," and "LC." For limited liability partnerships, the name must include the words "limited liability partnership," "L.L.P.,' and "LLP." For limited partnerships, the name must include the words "limited partnership," "L.P.," and "L.P." For limited liability limited partnerships, the name must include the words "limited liability limited partnership," "L.L.L.P.,' and "LLLP." For professional corporations, the name must include the word "chartered," the abbreviation "chtd," the words "professional association," the abbreviation "PA," the words "professional corporation," and the abbreviation "PC." A professional corporation need not use any word specified above if the corporation has registered the name to be used in the manner, or the name is the same as its corporate name except for the allowable omissions. Foreign corporations with prohibited names must record a DBA with the Department of Assessment and Taxation in accordance with the rules above.

In Maryland, a DBA expires five (5) years after it is filed.