Certifications ~ Manual Signatures

​Any authorized officer may file a manual signature form​ with the Office of the Secretary of State. An authorized officer is defined as any official of the State, or any of its political subdivisions, whose signature to a public security or instrument of payment is required or permitted. After filing, the official may execute with a facsimile signature instead of a manual signature:

  • any public security, if the signature of at least an authorized officer is manually subscribed; and
  • any instrument of payment.

If a public security is required to be manually signed by an agent, any other signature required may be a facsimile signature.

After filing with the Secretary of State, the facsimile signature of the authorized officer has the same legal effect as the manual signature.

Statutory Authority: State Finance and Procurement Article, et. seq. of the Annotated Code of Maryland