The Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) is not protection from legal obligations. The Secretary of State is an ACP participant's designated agent for service of process. All legal papers will be forwarded to the ACP participant. Participation in the ACP is not evidence of domestic violence victimization nor that of any other crime.
For Maryland Courts and the DC Superior Court, ACP participants should use only their substitute address on court documents and notify the ACP of all court involvement, including relevant case numbers. The ACP will send a letter to the court to verify active ACP participation.
Judges and Magistrates, the Secretary of State respectfully requests you to accept an ACP participant's substitute address. For their protection, refrain from requiring or urging ACP participants to disclose their actual address during court proceedings. A participant's actual address should never appear on legal documents or be uploaded to case search.
Judges and magistrates as well as other court personnel, prosecutors and other attorneys who feel at risk are eligible for ACP participation as individuals under increased potential threat.
ACP participants identify themselves as such by providing their ACP Authorization Card. You may call the ACP verify active participation, though verification is not required for the use of the substitute address. The ACP card is not a legal form of identification. It is proof that an individual is enrolled in the ACP.
For all uniform citations or warnings, use the substitute address with the ACP number as provided by the participant or as it appears on the ACP Authorization Card.
Maintain records responsibly. If you have knowledge of a participant's actual address, State law requires you to protect it. Never include a participant's name and actual address together. If a report from call for service or arrest is required, use the substitute address and not the actual address.
Forward Notice when necessary. Notify other first responders (Fire, EMS, CPS, etc.) of ACP requirements.
Law Enforcement Officers are eligible for ACP participation as individuals under increased potential threat.