The Great Seal of Maryland

The Secretary of State was given an additional responsibility in 1853 when he was made official custodian of the Great Seal of Maryland.  Since that year, the Secretary of State has had physical custody of the successive Great Seals, and is responsible for applying the seal to those official documents where required by law or custom. The original die of the Great Seal of 1876 (now damaged) was created in accordance with Joint Resolution No. 5 of the 1876 General Assembly session. The seal was engraved upon brass and executed in Paris in late 1878 or early 1879. This embossing seal, impressed an image of the Great Seal directly into the paper. Today the seal is embossed or printed onto foil disks that are later applied to the document.

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Use of Facsimile of the Great Seal of Maryland - Form

The Secretary of State of Maryland is designated by law as the custodian of the Great Seal of Maryland. Because of this statutory responsibility, the Office has historically given its view as to whether a particular use is appropriate and lawful under Criminal Law Article, §§10-701- 10-706, as that law has been interpreted by the Attorney General. Ap​plication Form - pdf

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Customer Service Promise

The State of Maryland pledges to provide constituents, businesses, customers, and stakeholders with friendly and courteous, timely and responsive, accurate and consistent, accessible and convenient, and truthful and transparent services.

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Help Stop Fraud in State Government

The Maryland General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Audits operates a toll-free fraud hotline to receive allegations of fraud and/or abuse of State government resources. Information reported to the hotline in the past has helped to eliminate certain fraudulent activities and protect State resources.

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