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Health Club Online Registration

Welcome to the Maryland Health Club Online Registration system, where you can:

*NOTE: If you have previously entered information for your registration, but cannot access your information please telephone us at 410-576-6350. We will be happy to assist you. DO NOT re-enter information as a first time user.


Health Club Online Registration FAQ

1. Who must register?

2. What are three types of business registration?

3. How do I start an on-line registration?

4. What information do I need before I begin? (New Businesses Only)

5. What information do I need before I begin? (Renewing a registration)

6. What if I wish to conduct pre-sales before opening my facility?

7. What is the Cost for registration?

8. What type of payment is accepted?

9. What if I need help?

10. May I save my information if I do not complete it?


1. Who must register

All health club service providers, including health clubs, personal trainers, weight loss centers/programs/counselors, self defense schools/instructors, exercise/fitness programs.

2. What are the three types of business registration

Bonded ($1,200.00 fee)
Bond-exempt (($300.00 fee)
Pay-per-day ($75.00 fee)

3. How do I start an on-line registration?

Start on-line registration by clicking here.

4. What information do I need before I begin? (New Businesses Only)

a. Evidence of business status (i.e., Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Limited Partnership, Articles of Organization or Partnership Agreement.)

b. If purchase of existing facility - Copy of sales agreement or notarized letter signed by both the previous owner and the current owner stating the specific terms of the sale.

c. Copies of each type of proposed contract to be used to sell services. The contracts must contain a itemized description of fees and charges and a Notice of Consumer Rights ( see samples.) If the member will not sign a separate contract, please attach a fee schedule/pricing list and a sample credit card, debit card, or electronic funds transfer authorization if the business will accept payment by that method.

d. A price sheet which contains prices for services offered, including the price for special packages.

e. Information regarding owners, officers and shareholders, including update information.

f. Information regarding facility location, including any new locations.

g. If you are a bonded club, please review the adequacy of your security and supporting documents (SOL and CPA Report.)

5. What information do I need before I begin? (Renewing a registration only)

a. Information regarding owners, officers and shareholders, including update information.

b. Information regarding facility location, including any new locations.

c. If you are a bonded club, please review the adequacy of your security and supporting documents (SOL and CPA Report.)

6. What if I wish to conduct pre-sales* before opening my facility?

For pre-opening activity, a business must post a $50,000 bond before making any sales. This bond must be increased accordingly as sales exceed $50,000. The bond must always equal or exceed the amount of money collected from consumers regardless of the amount. Unlike a bond for an existing facility, there is no maximum. A monthly affidavit, a quarterly CPA report and a quarterly Schedule of Outstanding Liabilities must be filed with the Division until the club opens. Also, for pre-opening sales the “Notice of Consumer Rights” must specifically include the following additional information:

a. the expected opening date;

b. a description of the specific services and facilities that will be available upon opening;

c. a statement advising consumers that they may receive a full refund;

d. a statement advising consumers that they may cancel the contract if the facility is not open on the date in the agreement;

e. a statement advising consumers that they may cancel the contract and receive a full refund of all monies paid, within 3 days after opening, or after being advised of opening (whichever comes later), if the services and facilities are not substantially as described in the agreement.

*Note all businesses that conduct pre-sales must register as a bonded business (fee $1,200.00.)

7. What is the Cost for registration?

$1,200.00 for bonded businesses
$300.00 for bond-exempt businesses
$75.00 for pay-per-day businesses

8. What type of payment is accepted?

If you use our on-line registration you may pay with Mastercard or Visa ONLY. We do not take any other type of credit card. You may also pay separately from your registration application by mailing a check or money order payable to “Office of Attorney General.” Please do not send cash.

9. What if I need help?

If you need help while working on your registration on line or you have other questions about your health club registration, please telephone us at 410-576-6350.

10. May I save my information if I do not complete it?

We are sorry that this feature is currently unavailable. Your data will not be saved.  We suggest you print your materials before exiting the program.  If however you misplace this information please contact us at 410-576-6350. Please do not start a duplicate file.

 

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