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
(a)   The Archives is the central depository for and custodian of each deed, title insurance policy, and other record that relates to real property acquired by the State.
(b)   The Archives may allow a unit of the State government to have custody of an original record that relates to real property acquired by the State, if the unit:
(1)   needs the record for the daily operation of the unit;
(2)   demonstrates to the Archives that the unit will preserve the record adequately; and
(3)   deposits with the Archives a security microform copy of the record.
(c)    (1)   The Archives shall receive, index, and file durable–backed, microfilm aperture card copies or electronic images of plats showing property or rights–of–way acquired or conveyed by the State Roads Commission and the State Highway Administration.
(2)    (i)   The Archives electronically shall post an image of each plat on the Archives Web site (http://www.plats.net) for the county where the property or right–of–way is located.
(ii)   The posted image shall conform to a generally accepted archival standard in quality and permanence.
(iii)   The image shall include or be linked to a certification by the State Archivist that the image is an authentic representation of the plat received by the Archives.
(iv)   Such certification by the State Archivist shall constitute a recordation of the plat.
(v)   The Archives may charge a reasonable fee to the State Roads Commission, the State Highway Administration, and the courts to recover the cost of electronically posting and maintaining the images of plats.
(vi)   The Archives may charge a reasonable fee, not to exceed $3, to the public for the cost of reproducing a copy of a plat under this subsection.