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FAQ: State Business Licenses

What should I remember about license renewals?

The state and local agencies listed below must verify that an applicant renewing a license has paid all states taxes due - or made a satisfactory payment arrangement - before the license can be renewed:

  • Comptroller of Maryland
  • Clerks of the Circuit Court
  • Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
  • Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Motor Vehicles Administration (excluding driverís licenses and vehicle registration renewals)
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of the Environment

If you hold a license issued by one of these agencies, you should file any necessary tax returns and pay all taxes due without delay.  If you wait until license renewal time to resolve a tax liability, your renewal may be delayed.


Links for Business License FAQs
New Businesses
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Business License FAQs
  1 - Does every business need a license?
  2 - What types of businesses require a license?
  3 - Are wholesalers exempt from the Trader's License requirement?
  4 - What's the difference between a Trader's License and a Trader's Show License?
  5 - What should construction businesses remember?
  6 - Are out-of-state construction business working in Maryland required to obtain a special license?
  7 - What about nonprofit organizations?
  8 - What should auctioneers keep in mind?
  9 - What is a Declaration of Inventory form?
  10 - What kinds of services are available from the State License Bureau?
  11 - If I'm the new owner of a business, am I liable for any delinquencies incurred by the previous owner?
  12 - What if a business fails to remit required license fees to the local Clerk of the Court?
  13 - How far back can state officials investigate a delinquent license matter?
  14 - Where can customers report a complaint about a business?
  15 - What are the fees for the Trader's License?
  16 - What should I remember about license renewals?
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