Maryland Oil and Gas Land Professionals
Important COVID-19 Information for Customers
(Updated March 27, 2020)
The offices of the Maryland Oil and Gas Land Professionals' Registration Program currently have limited access to the public. Please be patient with us, as it may take longer than usual to respond to voicemails and e-mails. E-mails are preferable to phone calls at this time. You may send your questions and concerns to our general e-mail address and your message will be routed to the appropriate person.
It is important to note that all license expiration dates have been temporarily extended to May 1, per an Executive Order from Governor Larry Hogan. This is subject to being extended as the response to the coronavirus develops. You are encouraged to renew your registration and perform all other activities that are required for your registration to the extent that you are able.
The Maryland Oil and Gas Land Professionals' Registration Program is accepting applications from individuals seeking to become registered. See the “Registration Applications” feature on our website to download an application.
Individuals who negotiate with property owners for the acquisition of mineral rights in oil or gas in Maryland are required to register with the Maryland Department of Labor before operating in the State. The Department registers individuals under the provisions of Business Occupations and Professions Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 10.5 and the Code of Maryland Regulations, Title 9, Subtitle 41.
Md. Code Ann., Bus. Occ. And Prof. §10.5–101 defines the terms as follows:
(b) Land professional
(1) "Land professional" means a person that, acting on the person's own behalf or on behalf of a prospective lessee or buyer, negotiates with a property owner for the acquisition of mineral rights in oil or gas in the State.
(2) "Land professional" does not include a person that negotiates for the acquisition or divestiture of a lessee's interest in an existing lease for mineral rights in oil or gas.
(c) Mineral rights in oil or gas
(1) "Mineral rights in oil or gas" means property rights that allow the holder of the rights to enter onto or under the property of another person for the extraction of crude oil, natural gas, or the constituents of crude oil or natural gas.
(2) "Mineral rights in oil or gas" includes an oil or gas lease.
A person may not operate as a land professional in the State unless the person registers with the Department and is issued a registration certificate under this title. Before obtaining any mineral rights in oil or gas from a property owner, a land professional must provide the property owner with proof that the professional is registered under this title.
A registration under this title is valid for two years from the effective date of registration and may be renewed biennially.
News and Updates
None at this time.
Proposed Regulations Currently Open for Public Comment
There are no proposed regulations by the Maryland Department of Labor for Maryland Oil and Gas Land Professionals at this time.
To register your comments with the Department, send your letter to the Maryland Oil and Gas Land Professionals' Registration Program, 500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308, Baltimore, MD 21202; e-mail dlopl-LABOR@maryland.gov; or fax 410-962-8480.
Maryland Oil and Gas Land Professionals' Registration Program
500 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3651