Secretary of State licenses

5 Licenses

Register a Charity

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Under the Maryland Solicitations Act, a charitable organization soliciting in Maryland generally must file documents with the Office of the Secretary of State. Registration is required prior to the commencement of solicitations. The type of registration required depends upon the level of charitable contributions received by a charitable organization.


Valid for 1 year Last revised : No Date
30 days Approval time
$0-$300 Application cost
15-30 mins Average completion time

Public Safety Solicitor

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A Public Safety Solicitor is a person who, for pay, solicits or receives public safety contributions, personally or through another. Individuals raising money on behalf of public safety organizations are required to register through Maryland's Secretary of State and disclose certain information. A separate application must be filed for each Public Safety organization with which the Public Safety Solicitor contracts.


Valid for 1 year Last revised : No Date
varies Approval time
$100 Application cost
10-20 mins Average completion time

Professional Solicitor

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A Professional Solicitor is a person who is compensated for advising a charity about a charitable solicitation, holding, planning, or managing a solicitation in Maryland, or soliciting or receiving contributions for a charitable organization. The solicitation or receipt of contributions is the distinction between a fund-raising counsel and Professional Solicitor.


Valid for 1 year Last revised : No Date
varies Approval time
$350 Application cost
10-20 mins Average completion time

Notary Commission

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In Maryland, an individual who wishes to be commissioned as a notary public may obtain an application from Office of the Secretary of State. After an application is submitted to the secretary of state, it then goes to the state senator of the applicant's senatorial district. If the senator approves the application, it is returned to the secretary of state, and appointment will be made upon approval of the governor.


Valid for 4 years Last revised : No Date
varies Approval time
$20-$22 Application cost
10-15 mins Average completion time

Fund-Raising Counsel

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A Fund-Raising Counsel is a person who is compensated for advising a charity about a solicitation in Maryland or holding, planning, or managing a solicitation in Maryland. The Fund-Raising Counsel is prohibited from directly soliciting or receiving charitable contributions.


Valid for 1 year Last revised : No Date
varies Approval time
$250 Application cost
10-20 mins Average completion time

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