Maryland Safe at Home is a program that allows a victim of domestic violence to use
a substitute address in place of an actual address when interacting with State or local
Any of the following people may apply to the Program:
A victim of domestic violence is an individual who has received deliberate, severe,
and demonstrable physical injury, or is in fear of imminent deliberate, severe, and
demonstrable physical injury, from a current or former individual with whom the victim
One of the following must be provided:
If the participant is subject to a court or administrative order, is involved in a court action or administrative action, or is a witness or a party in a civil or criminal
proceeding, the Office of the Secretary of State will disclose the substitute address.
Yes, if the entity (an insurance company, credit card companies, etc.) agrees, but
only first-class mail, registered mail, certified mail, and legal papers will be forwarded
by the Secretary of State to the individual’s actual address or another mailing
address. Magazines, packages and advertisements will be returned to the post office
A participant may choose a residential street address, a school address, or a work
address as the participant’s actual address.
Yes, a participant may choose a residential street address, a school address, a work
address, or another mailing address. The address chosen is the address where the
Secretary of State will forward the participant’s mail.
Unfortunately, the Secretary of State’s office cannot guarantee that an unauthorized
person will be unable to obtain a participant’s address.
The purpose of the program is to reduce the likelihood that a participant’s actual
address will be obtained by an unauthorized person. Participants must continue to
use great care in all business and personal matters to keep their location secret.
For safety tips to help prevent domestic violence, the following websites may be
Four years, unless the person withdraws from the program or the Secretary of State
cancels the person’s participation.
At the end of four years, a participant is given the option to re-enroll for another four years. Many individuals still find, even at the end of 4 years, that the ACP Program is
a useful part of their overall safety plan.
The Secretary of State may cancel a person’s participation if:
The participant must notify the Secretary of State within 30 days and provide the
Secretary of State with sufficient documentation of the name change, such as a
certified copy of a court order. The participant’s identification card must be returned
so that a new card with the new name can be prepared and sent to the participant.
The participant must notify the Secretary of State, if possible, at least 7 days before
the change. A copy of the participant’s ACP card or other identifying information must
accompany the notification.
Call the Maryland Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program office at 410-260-3875.
16 Francis St. Annapolis, MD 21401 ~ Phone Number: 410-974-5521 ~ FAX Number: 410-974-5190
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30 ~~~ Certification Hours: 8:30 - 4:00