Business Licenses

Business License Renewal during Maryland’s State of Emergency: Business license renewal applications are being processed; however, due to COVID-19 pandemic you may experience a delay in receiving the application. Pursuant to  Governor Larry Hogan's Executive Order Amending the March 12, 2020 Orderall licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations issued by the State of Maryland, any Maryland State agency or any political subdivision of the State of Maryland that would expire during the current state of emergency will be extended to the 30th day after the expiration of the state of emergency. No late penalties will be assessed as a result of a delayed renewal application during this time.

COVID-19 Operations

Notice to our Customers:

The Clerk’s Office is operating pursuant to Phase 2 of the Court’s Reopening Plan during the current global health pandemic. Therefore, the License Department is experiencing a high level of phone calls and emails regarding business license renewals, new business licenses and other important questions. Please note, if you have submitted your business license renewal application and associated fees via drop box or mail, please allow 4 to 6 weeks for your renewal to be processed. Your patience is much appreciated.

Appointments are required for in-person service. Please read the information below relating to obtaining a new business.

New Business License Applications


Please visit Maryland Business Licenses Online to apply for a new business license online.


Business License Renewals


If you are renewing your business licenses, please mail your renewal application along with the associated fee (check or money order) to the Clerk’s Office, 14735 Main Street, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Or place the renewal application along with the associated fee in the drop box located in the atrium of the Judicial Admirative Services Building located at 14701 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

The Business License Division issues licenses and accepts renewals of Licenses for certain specified Maryland businesses located within Prince George's County. To find out whether you are required to obtain a business license from the Clerk's Office go to State of Maryland Business License Information System (BLIS).

Business license information may also be obtained from the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Licensing Division.

Online Resources

For more information on business licenses and opening a Maryland business, please visit the following sites:

  • Business License Information System (includes startup information and an alphabetized list of all State licenses and permits)
  • Comptroller of Maryland - Business Information and Services (includes business license tips, frequently asked questions, employer withholding information, tax registration