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What Address Can I Use for My Business’s Principal Office?

Posted by Katherine L. Taylor, Attorney and CPAFeb 01, 20220 Comments

Are you in the process of forming a Maryland LLC or corporation, and wondering what address you should use for the principal office? Below is guidance as to what addresses you can and cannot use as your principal office address. 

If your business has a brick-and-mortar location, a physical place where you do business (such as an office location or retail shop), then by all means that is the best address to use as your principal office address because that's where you do business. However, if you are a “work from home” business or a home-based business, you can use your home address as the principal office address. Many people, however, do not want to use their home address. What address can you use?

One location that you can use is a business suite's location. This is a physical location with offices (that you rent) that has a street address, and usually a person who receives the mail and manages the area where the business owners are coming in and out. 

What you cannot use in Maryland and in many other states is a US Postal Service PO Box. Maryland and many other states also prohibit the use of a private postal box service, even if that service says that it provides a “street address” to use for your business. Usually, any street address that has a box number (rather than a suite, room or unit number) is at risk of being rejected by the state where you're forming your LLC or your Corporation. 

When you have Taylor Legal form your corporation or LLC, we guide you through all of the filing issues and questions. 

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