Business License Information

Courthouse P.O. Box 99
30512 Prince William Street
Princess Anne, MD 21853-0279

The license year runs from May 1st through the following April 30th.

Business License Requirements

The License Department at the Circuit Court for Somerset County issues State of Maryland Traders Licenses for businesses located in Somerset County. The hours to obtain a license from the Clerk of Court is 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Applicants must register with the Central Registration Division of the Comptroller’s Office before they apply for a business license at After accessing the web site, Applicants then click on the Combined Registration Application link.

The first step is applying for your license at the Office of the Clerk, License Department. Then you must visit other offices, i.e., Assessments & Taxation, and the appropriate Finance Offices before returning your application to the Clerk's Office.

To complete the business license application, in addition to the Sales & Use Tax number and the amount of inventory in dollars (see chart below), the Applicant will need the following information: (1) full name of corporation or sole proprietor; (2) full location address and mailing address, if different; (3) EIN # (Federal Identification number) [if corporation] or Social Security number; (4) telephone number; and (5) workers’ compensation number (for those who are employers).

If the Applicant has a REGISTERED Trade Name (or fictitious name), this information must be on the application as well and the Applicant must have registered the trade name (or fictitious name) with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation or (410-767-1340).

Type of Payment

The Clerk’s Office can only accept cash, checks or money orders.

Licenses available are:

  • Traders
  • Construction
  • Restaurant
  • Plumber & Gas Fitter
  • Billiard
  • Vending Machines
  • Cigarette and Special Retail Cigarette
  • Cleaning, Dying, Pressing & Laundry
  • Music Box
  • Storage Warehouse
  • Peddler
  • Soda Water Fountain

If you have more than one business location, you are considered a chain store.

Traders license fee is based on the wholesale value of your retail inventory. Please refer to the following chart for the fees. All licenses include a $2.00 issuing fee for each type of license.

Trader's License Fees
All Counties Excluding Baltimore City

Inventory Amount Fee
0 to 1,000 15
1,001 to 1,500 18
1,501 to 2,500 20
2,501 to 4,000 25
4,001 to 6,000 30
6,001 to 8,000 40
8,001 to 10,000 50
10,001 to 15,000 65
15,001 to 20,000 80
20,001 to 30,000 100
30,001 to 40,000 125
40,001 to 50,000 150
50,001 to 75,000 200
75,001 to 100,000 250
100,001 to 150,000 300
150,001 to 200,000 350
200,001 to 300,000 400
300,001 to 400,000 500
400,001 to 500,000 600
500,001 to 750,000 750
750,001 and over 800

A contractor or subcontractor who holds a license under the Maryland Home Improvement Law is not required to hold a construction license issued by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

The following web sites offer additional information on business licenses and opening a Maryland business: