A peddler or hawker who sells goods while traveling from place to place by foot or vehicle must obtain a peddler's license from the appropriate Clerk of the Circuit Court in order to sell or offer to sell any goods in Maryland.
A peddler's license is not required for:
1. The sale of fish or oysters in their natural and unpreserved condition, or
2. The sale of perishable fruits or vegetables in their natural condition, or
3. Licensed merchants or traders in Allegany County who have maintained regular places of business for at least five years.
There are other locals laws and statutory exemptions in the State Peddler's License Law that affect peddlers and hawkers. For more information, contact the State License Bureau or the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county where your business will be conducted.
The legal requirement for the peddler's license can be found in the Business Regulation Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 17, Subtitle 9.
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