Applicant Qualifications

Basic Qualifications

Applicants for the license must:

  • Be legal residents of the United States and provide a copy of current picture identification with an address, such as a driver's license. Foreign-born applicants must provide proof of legal status (such as a copy of a permanent resident card, naturalization certificate or U.S. passport);
  • Not have been convicted of any felony; and
  • Include at least one applicant who is a current resident of Harford county and has maintained that residency for at least ONE (1) YEAR immediately prior to the filing of the application (proof of same required).  This person is known as the Resident Applicant.

Further Qualifications

Individual Applicant (Sole Proprietorship):

  • An applicant not operating the business under a corporation, limited liablity company, or partnership may apply as an individual. 
  • The applicant must be a current resident of Harford County who has maintained that residency for at least one (1) year immediately prior to filing the application.
  • The applicant must be the sole owner of the business.

Partnership:

  • The license must be applied for by ALL partners.
  • All Applicants must be current residents of Harford County and have maintained that residency for at least one (1) year immediately prior to filing the application.

Corporation:

  • Application must be made by at least three (3) officers of the corporation.  If there are more than three officers, please select no more than four(4).
  • For a Restaurant License, each officer named as an applicant must have a minimum of 10% financial interest in the busienss.
  • For an Off-Sale License (Class A or A-1) the Resident Applicant shall have a minimum of 25% financial interest in the business.
  • One applicant must be a current resident of Harford County who has maintained that residency for at least one (1) year immediately prior to the filing of the application.
  • The Resident Applicant shall serve as manager or supervisor, and be physically present on the premises a substantial amount of time on a daily basis.
  • The License shall remain valid only so long as the Resident Applicant continues to remain a Resident of Harford County.
  • Corporations must be in good standing with the State of Maryland at the time application is made.  Contact the State of Maryland at 410-767-1330 or online at www.dat.state.md.us for more information.

Limited Liability Company:

  • Application must be made by at least three (3) members of the limited liability company.  If there are more than three members, please select no more than four(4).
  • For a Restaurant License, each member named as an applicant must have a minimum of 10% financial interest in the busienss.
  • For an Off-Sale License (Class A or A-1) the Resident Applicant shall have a minimum of 25% financial interest in the business.
  • One applicant must be a current resident of Harford County who has maintained that residency for at least one (1) year immediately prior to the filing of the application.
  • The Resident Applicant shall serve as manager or supervisor, and be physically present on the premises a substantial amount of time on a daily basis.
  • The License shall remain valid only so long as the Resident Applicant continues to remain a Resident of Harford County.
  • Limited Liability Companies must be in good standing with the State of Maryland at the time application is made.  Contact the State of Maryland at 410-767-1330 or online at www.dat.state.md.us for more information.