Child Care Licensing and Registration Details

Child Care Licensing and Registration

General Info - Statewide License

A Maryland license or registration is required to provide child care services.

All child care in Maryland is regulated by the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care’s (OCC), Licensing Branch. The Licensing Branch’s 13 Regional Offices are responsible for all regulatory activities, including the following: Issuing child care licenses and registrations to child care facilities that meet state standards; inspecting child care facilities annually; providing technical assistance to child care providers; investigating complaints against regulated child care facilities; investigating reports of unlicensed (illegal) child care; and taking enforcement action when necessary. COMAR Regulations and other information about the Office of Child Care may be found here.

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    Application cost

Obtaining the License

Ready to get your license? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents

  1. Completion of orientation: Family Child Care Home

  2. Completion of orientation: Large Family Child Care Home

  3. Completion of orientation: Child Care Center

  4. Required documentation listed on application forms and website at:

Apply for the License

  • Online Application

    Complete the form

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Maintaining Your License

Renewal and maintenance -

Maintaining your License (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain License/stay in good standing)

  1. Compliance with Regulations.

  2. Yearly inspections, on-going training requirements.

  3. Submission of required documentation every two years – Continuing application: Center, Family Child Care Home, Large Family Child Care Home.


License Issuer - Information

Who issues the license?

Maryland State Department of Education

Contact Information

Tel: (410) 767-0100

Work hours:


Why the License is required?

The purpose of child care licensing and registration is to protect the health, safety and welfare of children while in child care arrangements

Legal Authority

What laws and regulations give Maryland State Department of Education the legal authority to issue this approval?