About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - State Government
Except as expressly provided in § 10–619 of this subtitle, this Part III of this subtitle does not authorize:
 (1)   the destruction of a permanent book of account;
(2)   the destruction of a land record of a clerk of a circuit court;
(3)   the destruction of any record that relates to the financial operation of a unit of the State government or to collection of State taxes until the requirements of §§ 2–1220 through 2–1227 of this article are met;
(4)   the destruction of any record until the expiration of the period that a statute expressly sets for that record to be kept;
(5)   the destruction of any public record that a statute expressly requires to be kept permanently; or
(6)   the destruction of any record of a court of record unless:
(i)   the destruction is authorized under § 1–605(d)(6) or § 2–205 of the Courts Article;
(ii)   an accurate transcript of the record is in use; or
(iii)   the record relates to the internal management of or otherwise is a housekeeping record for an office of a clerk of court or register of wills.