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 - Family Law
(a)   A Program participant may make a request to any State or local agency to use the substitute address designated by the Secretary of State as the Program participant’s address.
(b)   Subject to subsection (c) of this section, when a Program participant has made a request to a State or local agency under subsection (a) of this section, the State or local agency shall use the substitute address designated by the Secretary of State as a Program participant’s address.
(c)    (1)   A State or local agency that has a bona fide statutory or administrative requirement for using a Program participant’s actual address may apply to the Secretary of State for a waiver from the requirements of the Program.
(2)   If the Secretary of State approves the waiver, the State or local agency shall use the Program participant’s actual address only for the required statutory or administrative purposes.