Maryland Flag Protocol


The Secretary of State is required by law to present a State flag to the family of any firefighter or police officer, or sworn member of the Office of State Fire Marshal who is killed in the line of duty. The flag is to be presented to the family of the deceased firefighter or police officer by the State senator of the legislative district in which the deceased resided.

Additionally, the Secretary of State is customarily entrusted with the role of educating the public as to the history and the protocol and appropriate display of the Maryland State flag individually and as it is flown with other flags.

Statutory Authority: Public Safety Article, §1-202(e) Annotated Code of Maryland

Note: The following protocol provides guidelines for the proper display of the Maryland flag. Those provisions followed by a reference to the Annotated Code of Maryland are based on statutes, and violations of them may carry legal penalties.