safe at home

http://www.ncadv.org/files/ACPPrograms.pdf (a description of law)

In Maryland

01.02.11.00.htm 01.02.11.00. Title 01 EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT Subtitle 02 SECRETARY OF STATE Chapter 11 Maryland Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program Authority: Family Law Article, §4-519―4-530, Annotated Code of Maryland
01.02.11.01.htm 01.02.11.01. 01 Purpose.. A. The purpose of the Maryland Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program is to:. 1) Allow a victim of domestic violence to have a State or local government agency use a substitute address in place of an actual address;2) Enable State and local agencies to respond to requests for public records without disclosing the location of a victim of domestic violence; and3) Enable interagency cooperation in providing address confidentiality for victims of domestic violence.
01.02.11.02.htm 01.02.11.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) “Application assistant” means an employee or volunteer:. a) Of a federal, State, or local agency, or of a nongovernmental program, that provides counseling, referral, shelter, or other services to victims of domestic violence; andb) Who has been designated by the respective agency or program, and trained and registered by the Secretary, to assist indivi
01.02.11.03.htm 01.02.11.03. 03 Who May Apply.. Beginning October 1, 2006, an individual may apply to participate in the Program. To be designated as a participant in the Program, the individual shall:A. Satisfy the requirements of Family Law Article, §4-522, Annotated Code of Maryland;. B. Be a past, present, or future resident of Maryland;. C. Complete and sign the following, as provided by the Secretary:. 1) Application form; and. 2) Checklist of understanding..
01.02.11.04.htm 01.02.11.04. 04 Motor Vehicle Administration.. To request that the Motor Vehicle Administration use the substitute address, an applicant shall complete the form provided by the Secretary.
01.02.11.05.htm 01.02.11.05. 05 Application Assistants.. A. Before being approved as an application assistant, an individual shall:. 1) Be recommended by a federal, State, or local governmental agency or a domestic violence program, or certify that the individual is a religious, medical, or other professional actively providing services to victims of domestic violence;2) Complete the training provided by the Secretary;. 3) Agree to comply with the statutes and regulations governing the Program; and.
01.02.11.06.htm 01.02.11.06. 06 Documentation.. A. If the application of a victim of domestic violence is being supported by documentation under Family Law Article, §4-522(b)2)ii) or (iii) Annotated Code of Maryland, and is being facilitated by an application assistant registered with the Secretary, the signature of the application assistant on the application form is sufficient documentation.B. If the application is being facilitated by an individual affiliated with a person under Family La
01.02.11.07.htm 01.02.11.07. 07 Authorization Card.. A. Within 5 working days of receipt of a completed and signed application, the Secretary shall approve or deny the applicant as a participant and issue the participant an authorization card.B. If an application is approved, an authorization card shall be issued within 5 working days after the application is approved. The Secretary shall issue an authorization card to each victim of domestic violence named on the application form. The au
01.02.11.08.htm 01.02.11.08. 08 Renewal of Application.. A. A participant may renew Program participation by filing with the Secretary the following:. 1) A copy of the participant’s current authorization card or a statement that the card was lost or destroyed; and2) A completed renewal form provided by the Secretary, which shall require all of the information described in Regulation .03 of this chapter.B. The Secretary shall send notice that a participant’s participation is expiring 30 days before the
01.02.11.09.htm 01.02.11.09. 09 Change of Name, Address, or Telephone Number.. A. Notification of a change of name shall:. 1) Be on a form provided by the Secretary;. 2) Include a copy of the participant’s authorization card; and. 3) Be accompanied by sufficient evidence of the change.. B. Sufficient evidence of a legal name change under Family Law Article, §4-524, Annotated Code of Maryland, includes, but is not limited to, a marriage certificate.C. A participant may change the participant’s addr
01.02.11.10.htm 01.02.11.10. 10 Withdrawal from Program.. A. Withdrawal from the Program is governed by Family Law Article, §4-522(c)2) Annotated Code of Maryland. The participant shall make the request on a form provided by the Secretary. This form shall be signed before a notary.B. On receipt of a request for withdrawal from the Program, the Secretary may investigate whether the withdrawal is coerced by attempting to contact the participant or the domestic violence program that assisted the participa
01.02.11.11.htm 01.02.11.11. 11 Cancellation of Participant.. The provisions of Family Law Article, §4-523 and 4-525, Annotated Code of Maryland, govern when the Secretary shall cancel the participation of a participant. Under Family Law Article, §4-525(a)4) Annotated Code of Maryland, if the Secretary forwards mail to a participant and it is returned three times in succession as undeliverable, then the Secretary shall cancel the participant from the Program.
01.02.11.12.htm 01.02.11.12. 12 Appeal of Cancellation.. If the Secretary cancels participation of a participant under Family Law Article, §4-523 or 4-525, Annotated Code of Maryland, the participant may appeal the decision by completing and filing an appeal form provided by the Secretary. The form shall require that the participant explain the circumstances that caused the violation of Family Law Article, §4-523 and 4-525, Annotated Code of Maryland. The Secretary may speak to the participant informal
01.02.11.13.htm 01.02.11.13. 13 Waiver.. A. A State or local agency may request a waiver, under Family Law Article, §4-526(c) Annotated Code of Maryland, from the requirements of the Program for specific individual participants.B. The waiver request shall be in writing on a form provided by the Secretary and contain:. 1) Identification of the statutory, regulatory, or administrative requirements that demonstrate the agency’s bona fide purpose for the use of the actual address of a participant;
01.02.11.14.htm 01.02.11.14. 14 Board of Elections.. Under Family Law Article, §4-527, Annotated Code of Maryland, a participant ‘s residential address must be used for voter registration purposes. The local board may not disclose a participant ‘s address except as described in Family Law Article, §4-527, Annotated Code of Maryland. A participant may request a local board of elections or the State Board of Elections to keep the address confidential under COMAR 33.04.02.02C. To apply, the participan
01.02.11.15.htm 01.02.11.15. 15 Disclosure.. A. The Secretary may not disclose any records regarding a participant without a court order.. B. The Secretary may verify the participation of a participant and may provide the substitute address in accordance with Family Law Article, §4-528(b)2) and (c) Annotated Code of Maryland.C. The Secretary shall provide immediate notification to the participant of any disclosure of the participant’s actual address.
01.02.11.9999.htm 01.02.11.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01―15 adopted as an emergency provision effective October 1, 2006 (33:23 Md. R. 1793) adopted permanently effective January 29, 2007 (34:2 Md. R. 137)

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