Maryland Family Law 2-503

Reports to Secretary of Health; duplication of records

(a) Reports to Secretary of Health -- Required. -- At the intervals that the Secretary of Health sets, each clerk shall send to the Secretary: (1) a copy of the record of each marriage that the clerk licenses and records; (2) a report of each divorce that the court grants; (3) a report of each annulment of a marriage that the court: (i) grants; or (ii) effects by entering a conviction of bigamy or of marrying within any prohibited degree; and (4) a report of any change in a marriage, divorce, or annulment record, in which the clerk shall certify that the change is correct and conforms to the corresponding record of the clerk. (b) Reports to Secretary of Health -- Form. -- The report of a divorce or annulment or of a change in a marriage, divorce, or annulment record shall be made on the form that the Secretary of Health provides. (c) Duplication of marriage records by Secretary. -- (1) The Secretary of Health may make photostatic, photographic, or microphotographic copies of the original marriage records of a clerk. (2) The Secretary of Health may not remove any original marriage record from the custody of the clerk. (3) The Secretary of Health shall: (i) make the copies in a manner that does not interfere with the orderly transaction of business by the clerk; and (ii) bear the cost of making the copies. (d) Extra compensation prohibited. -- The clerk may not receive any extra compensation for sending a report or record to the Secretary or for making records available to the Secretary. (e) Penalty. -- A clerk who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine of $ 10 for each offense.

An. Code 1957, art. 62, § 18; 1984, ch. 296, § 2; 2017, ch. 214, § 7.

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