How Charles County Companies Can Apply for a Maryland Business License

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Applying for a Maryland Business License is the first and most important step any entrepreneur or business owner takes to launch a new company. Although it might seem daunting at first, we’ve covered the “what you need to know” basics in this blog. The first step is registering your business.

    1. Register your business. You must register your business with the State of Maryland before applying for a business license. The Comptroller of Maryland has an excellent web page full of information and links to help entrepreneurs through the registration process. Also, taxpayer services offices throughout Maryland offer personal assistance for new business owners. Contact the office in Waldorf, at 1036 St. Nicholas Drive. Their phone number is 301-645-7818.
    2. Apply for a license. The taxpayer services office can help you determine what license you might need. Or, go to the Maryland Business License Information System where you can search for “Maryland business license information” by business type. You can also get information about State licensing from the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (DLLR).
      1. Check if you need a license from the County. In a few cases, you may also need a license from the County. County business licenses are issued by the Charles County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Call their office at 301-932-3223 to find out if you need a county license. Most of those affected are retail-related businesses.
      1. If your business is food- or environment-related, check if you need a license from the health department. If you fall in this category, it’s likely that a health department license is required. Call the Charles County Department of Health, Environmental Health Division at 301-609-6900.

For more information about starting a business in Charles County, visit our Start & Grow page or email us at  For more information about services offered by the State of Maryland, please consult the Maryland State Online Services Directory.


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