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Maryland Corporation Names

Registering a Corporate Name

Choosing a business name is one of the first steps in the process of forming your Maryland Corporation. The name that you choose:

  • Must be distinguishable from any other registered Maryland business entity and any reserved names on record, subject to certain exceptions under state law
  • May not contain language stating or implying that the Maryland corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by state law and its articles of incorporation

United Agent Services allows you to choose up to 3 names, in order of preference. We will conduct a name check before filing to see which names are available.

In addition, the name must contain one of (or an abbreviation of) the following words:

  • Incorporated
  • Corporation
  • Company (NOTE: The word “company” may not be preceded by the word “and” or a symbol denoting it, such as “&”)
  • Limited

Exception for names recorded, registered or reserved prior to October 1, 1998: A Maryland corporation whose name was recorded, registered, or reserved prior to October 1, 1998, may continue to use its name even if it does not comply with these requirements.

Maryland state law restricts the use of certain words and phrases in business names. When you incorporate with United Agent Services, your business name choices are reviewed for compliance with applicable state laws.

Reserving a Corporate Name

In the event that you have chosen an available name but have not yet fully committed to it, you may put it on reserve. This allows you the exclusive right to use the name for a limited time. A person may apply to reserve a name for the purpose of incorporation by paying the fee. If the Secretary of State finds that the corporate name applied for is available, he or she shall reserve the name for the applicant’s use for a 30 day period.

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