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Maryland Domestic Non Profit Articles of Incorporation Form

In the case of setting up a non-profit entity in the State of Maryland, the Maryland Domestic Non-Profit Articles of Incorporation Form has to be completed and submitted along with a $120 filing fee.


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FIRST:  The undersigned                                                                                                                                                      whose address is 
being at least eighteen years of age, do(es) hereby form a corporation under the laws of the State of Maryland.
SECOND:  The name of the corporation is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      .
THIRD:  The purposes for which the corporation is formed are as follows:                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                    FOURTH:  The street address of the principal office of the corporation in Maryland is
FIFTH:   The name of the resident agent of the corporation in Maryland is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                     whose address is 
SIXTH:   The corporation has no authority to issue capital stock.  
SEVENTH: The number of directors of the corporation shall be                                     which number may be increased or
decreased pursuant to the bylaws of the corporation.  The name(s) of the director(s) who shall act until the first meeting or
until their successors are duly chosen and qualified is/are                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 .
EIGHTH:                                                                                                                                                                               .
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have signed these articles                             I hereby consent to my designation in this document
and acknowledge the same to be my act.                                            as resident agent for this corporation.                       
SIGNATURE(S) OF INCORPORATOR(S):                                         SIGNATURE\
                                                                                                             IN FIFTH:
Filing party's return address:

SDAT Corprate Charter	
This type of corporation would be most appropriate for one or more individuals engaged in a nonprofit 
The guide is to be used with the Articles of Incorporation for a Nonstock Corporation. Each item 
describes how to fill a blank in the sample. The sample is the minimum necessary to incorporate. If you 
wish to expand on any item consult with your lawyer, accountant or financial advisor. Legal questions of a 
general nature cannot be answered by the staff of this Department. 
You may fill in the blanks on the sample and submit it as your Articles of Incorporation. All items must be 
typed. Forms filled in by hand will not be accepted.
FIRST: Insert the name and address of the individuals who are incorporating. One or more individuals can 
act as incorporators. The only requirement is that they be at least 18 years old. The address should be one 
where mail can be received. It can be anywhere, even a foreign country.
SECOND: Insert the corporate name. The corporate name must contain "Corporation", "Incorporated", 
"Limited", "Inc.", "Corp.", or "Ltd." The name must be distinguishable from all other entities on record in 
Maryland. You may call 767-1330 for a non-binding check for name availability. Acceptance of a name 
guarantees only that the corporation will have that name. It does not mean you cannot be sued for trade 
name or trade mark infringement. For more information on this consult your attorney.
THIRD: Give a one or two sentence description of the business of the corporation. 
FOURTH: Insert the address of the principal place of business. It must be a specific address in Maryland 
and must include street, city and zip code. It cannot be a post office box.
FIFTH: This is the name and address of an agent designated to accept service of process if the 
corporation is summoned to court for any reason. The agent must be either an adult citizen of Maryland or 
another existing Maryland corporation. The address must include the street, city and zip code. The 
address must be in Maryland and cannot be a post office box. A corporation cannot act as its own resident 
agent. That person must also sign below.
SEVENTH: Insert the name of at least one adult. This individual does not have to be a resident of 
EIGHTH: Insert any provisions you desire. If you intend to obtain tax exempt status this would be the 
appropriate place for language required by the Internal Revenue Service. If more space is required, put 
"See Attached" and attach any additional pages to the back of the document.
SIGNATURE(S) OF INCORPORATOR(S): Have all the individuals named in FIRST sign here. It must be 
the original (no xerox, stamp or carbon) signatures of all the people listed in First and no one else may sign 
here. No witness or notary is required.
SIGNATURE OF RESIDENT AGENT: The person listed as resident agent in Fifth must sign here.

RETURN TO:   State where the receipt, certified copies, certificates of status and the original articles are 
to be sent. 
FEES:   The fee to file Articles of Incorporation is  $100.00 plus a $20.00 organization and capitalization 
fee for a total of $120.00, however if this corporat ion will seek tax-exempt status under Sections 
501(c)(3), (4), or (6) of the IRS Code, an additional  $50.00 will be charged for the Maryland Not-For-Profit 
Development Center Program Fund, making the total  $170.00.  This fee is to be paid when the document 
is submitted to the Department. 
Revised 10/1/08 

How long will it take to process my documents?   Regular processing time for submitted documents is 
about 7-8 weeks; Expedited processing request will be  responded to within 7 business days.  *Documents 
hand-delivered in limited quantities receive same  day service between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.  Hand-
delivered transactions are to be paid by check only.   There is an expedited fee for same day service for 
document processing. 
The expedited service fee is an additional $50.00 fo r this document; other fees may also apply. 
Check the Fee Schedule web page for a list of all service fees, 
Mail completed forms to:  State Department of  Assessments and Taxation, Charter Division, 301 W. 
Preston Street; 8th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201-2395.   Fax completed forms with Mastercard of Visa 
credit card payment information to 410-333-7097.  Fax request will be charged the additional 
expedited service fee. 
NOTE:    due to the fact that the laws governing the  formation and operation of business entities and 
the effectiveness of a UCC Financing Statement involves more than filing documents with out office, 
we suggest you consult an attorney, accountant  or other professional.  State Department of 
Assessments & Taxation staff can not offer business counseling or legal advice. 
Notice regarding annual documents to be filed with the Department of Assessments & Taxation:   All 
domestic and foreign legal entities must submit a Personal Property Return to the 
Department.  Failure to file a Personal Property Retu rn will result in forfeiture of your right to 
conduct business in Maryland.  Copies of the return are available on the SDAT website.   The 
returns are due April 15th of each year. 
*As of March 1, 2011 you must be in line no later than 4:15PM in order to receive service
that same day.
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