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The Secretary of State's Certification Desk is open for walk-in service​ until 1 ​pm​ daily.

Beginning July 1, 2023, the per document fee will increase from $2.00 to $5.00. For mail-in Apostille requests the $5.00 increase will take effect July 15th.  For more information, please call the Cert​ification Desk at 410-974-5521.

Please Note: Walk-in​ customers, there is a ​limit of 15 documents per visit.​

​Hours of Operation: 9 am to 1 pm

Monday through Friday


United States Flag and Maryland Flag are at Full-Staff​​​

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United States Flag and Maryland Flag are at Full-Staff

Flag Protocol When Lowering The U.S. Flag And Maryland State Flag

Maryland citizens like to know whenever the Governor has declared that flags — U.S. and State are​ to be flown at full-staff. If you would like to be added to our distribution list, please click here to register. Our flag alert system will automatically notify you via email of any change in flag status. ​​​​​

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.​

Maryland Safe At Home

Maryland Safe At Home​The Maryland Safe At Home Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) assists survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, or harassment to rebuild their lives without fearing for their safety by providing a legal substitute address to use in place of their actual address. For survivors who have recently relocated, the ACP’s substitute address and free mail-forwarding service prevents perpetrators from discovering the location of their victims through the internet or a public records search. The ACP recently expanded eligibility to threatened individuals such as judges, law enforcement officers, and prosecutors.​​​

Human Trafficking GET HELP

National Human Trafficking Hotline - 24/7 Confidential

1-888-373-7888 233733 More Information on human trafficking in Maryland

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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