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​​​​​A State of Maryland business license is required for most businesses, including retailers and wholesalers. A trader's license is required for buying and re-selling. Business activities that require licenses include, but are not limited to: amusements; auctions; chain stores; construction; dry cleaners; farm machinery; garages; hawkers and peddlers; junk dealers; plumbing and gas fitters; restaurants; retail stores; storage warehouses; traders; and vending machines.

Statewide and County Licenses

In an effort to make things a bit easier, Maryland Commerce has compiled a database of statewide and county level licenses that may be needed to operate your business in Maryland. Browse through the system to get a better understanding of what is required and where you need to go next.

Looking for the status of your license? Not sure if you need a license or want more information? Visit the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation online or contact them via this comprehensive phone and email directory.

Licensing Examples

To give you an idea of what the State of Maryland requires, below are a few common business types with the typical licenses that may be needed and where to get them:​

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