License Department: Business Licenses

OFFICE HOURS: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Monday through Friday (Closed weekends and State Holidays)

  • Business Licenses:  8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Marriage License/Copies:  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Civil Ceremonies:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Passport Applications Accepted: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 am to 2:00 p.m.
  • Notaries: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

TO CONTACT US CALL: 410-222-1434

The License Department is located in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Room H101 (directly behind security). The Circuit Court is located in historic Annapolis on Church Circle. Parking meters are located on Calvert Street and West Street. Parking garages are located on Calvert Street, Northwest Street and Main Street.

​**Please note, prior to obtaining a new business license in the Clerk's office for a sole proprietorship or general partnership, the business must be registered with the State Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT.)  Please click here below for instructions on this process.

Obtaining a traders or construction license in person requires a minimum of one hour to complete and a visit to two other state and county offices that are a short walking distance from the Clerk's Office. Applicants must arrive prior to 3:30 PM to ensure sufficient time is available to complete the process.

If you prefer, you can also download the application and mail it in. Please read all of the instructions below and use the link below to download the application.

Persons Required to Obtain a Traders License

A person or business organization other than a grower, maker or manufacturer may not offer for sale, sell or otherwise dispose of any goods within Maryland, without first obtaining a license from the Clerk of the Circuit Court. A private individual may conduct a public sale of personal effects on his or her own property without a license, provided that no more than one sale is conducted for a period not to exceed 14 consecutive days in any one calendar year. An exhibitor who displays and sells goods at a show is not required to obtain any license if the show is promoted by: a church, any government agency or unit, an amateur radio organization, an antique vehicle, machine and equipment organization, a volunteer fire department or rescue squad, a model train collectors’ association.

The trader’s license fee is based on the wholesale value of your retail inventory. The license year runs from May 1st through the following April 30th.

You may PRINT the application for walk in service or to mail in OR you may submit an application online. 

Brochure: Starting A Business In Anne Arundel County

Construction License Requirements

Any person or business organization must obtain a construction license from the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County on an annual basis for NEW CONSTRUCTION only. Call 410-222-1434 for details as this is not a home improvement license. 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.

For additional information write or visit:

License Department at the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
8 Church Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

You may also call our office at 410-222-1434.

Credit Cards are not accepted for business licenses.