Service of Process

When can the Secretary of State accept service of process?

  • When the defendant is an out-of-state charitable organization soliciting contributions in the State of Maryland.

  • Authority: Business Regulation Article, §6-202 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
  • When Maryland’s Insurance Commission initiates a court or administrative proceeding against an unauthorized insurer or person in the insurance business.

  • Authority: Insurance Article, §4-207(a) Annotated Code of Maryland.

Please Note: The Secretary of State can not accept service on behalf of a business entity formed in the State of Maryland. For information on serving a business entity formed in Maryland, please contact the Service of Process Unit of the State Department of Assessments and Taxation at 410-767-8195 or 888-246-5941 (Maryland only). You may also search for an entity's resident agent online at For more information call (410) 974-5521 or e-mail the Secretary of State's Office