A promoter may not allow an exhibitor to participate in a show if the exhibitor has not submitted a photocopy of a valid Trader's License or an Exhibitor's Affidavit (available from any Clerk of the Circuit Court or the State License Bureau) prior to the show.
Unless a show is promoted by one of the exempt entities listed below, an exhibitor DOES NOT need to obtain a trader's license if:
The show is promoted by:
- A church as defined in Section 5-301 of the Corporations and Associations Article;
- Any government agency or unit;
- An amateur radio organization;
- An antique vehicle, machine and equipment organization;
- A volunteer fire department or rescue squad;
- A model train collectors' association;
AND has not participated in more than three shows during the previous 365 days.
An exhibitor who has a valid Trader's License for a fixed place of business in Maryland does not have to obtain another Trader's License provided the exhibitor presents a photocopy of the license to the promoter prior to the show.
The photocopy of a Trader's License or an Exhibitor's Affidavit must be conspicuously displayed during the show.
Within seven days after the conclusion of the show, a promoter must forward all Exhibitor Affidavits to the Comptroller of Maryland, State License Bureau, P.O. 2397, Annapolis, MD 21404-2397.
If an exhibitor does not meet the requirements outlined above, the procedure for handling temporary licenses is still in effect.
A promoter or exhibitor who fails to comply as required by law shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, may be fined up to $100.00 or imprisoned for up to 30 days. The legal requirement for the Exhibitor's Affidavit can be found in the Business Regulation Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, Section 17-1804.