Every person who sells or offers goods for sale through a vending machine in the state of Maryland must obtain a vending machine license from the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county where the machines are located. The license fee is $2.50 for each vending machine.
A vending machine license is not required if the following items are offered for sale:
- Cigarettes - Special laws govern the sale of cigarettes through a vending machine. For more information, contact the State License Bureau or the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county in which the vending machine will be located.
- Paper cups
- Paper or cloth towels
- Postage stamps
- Sanitary napkins
- Toilet seat covers
The license year is from May 1 through April 30.
The legal requirements for the vending machine license can be found in Title 17, Subtitle 19 of the Business Regulation Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.