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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if you received my application?
    • Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, please email
  • Will I be interviewed?
    • Your application will be selected for further consideration based on your interests and board and commission needs. The Appointments Office will contact you directly to schedule an interview if needed or required for the specific board or role for which you applied.
    • How will I know if I am selected for an appointment?
      • Individuals selected for an appointment will be contacted directly by the Appointments Office. Individuals not selected for an appointment to the specific board(s) for which they applied will still be considered for future appointments.
    • How do I resign as a board or commission member if I can no longer serve?
      • Please send an email noting your resignation to both (1) your contact point for your board or commission, and (2) the Secretary of Appointments, using this email
    • I am interested in a career with the State of Maryland, rather than a board or commission appointment. Where can I apply?
    • How do I know whether I need to complete and submit an exemption disclosure form?
      • Anyone applying for a board or commission should submit the appointee exemption disclosure form. Please review the exemptions document from the State Ethics Commission, for more information.
    • Are board members compensated? 
      • Some boards offer monetary compensation to their members. Others offer stipends for travel expenses. A majority of posts are considered volunteer appointments and do not include compensation.
    • What are the requirements for serving?
      • Different boards and commissions have their own unique requirements for applicants. That said, all candidates should be residents of Maryland and registered to vote in the state.
      • Please visit the Board Summary Report to review the specific requirements for different boards and commissions.

    Application Specific Questions

    • I am an attorney and would like to include my law license(s) in the “Professional Licenses” disclosure within the “Background Highlights” section of the application. How should I include this information in my application?
      • For attorneys, your Client Protection Fund number for Maryland and your license numbers for any other state are not considered a professional license for purposes of this section of the application. Please make sure your resume reflects your active bar licenses.
    • How long can I stay and work on the application page?
      • Please be aware that the application page will time out within 20 minutes. To save time, prepare the most recent copy of your resume or curriculum vitae before opening the application form, along with the names, emails and phone numbers of three references.
    • How should I disclose my social media accounts?
      • Please follow the instructions on the application and include links to your social media accounts. Do not simply write the name of the social media platform or the name of your account.
    • If I am applying to a board or commission, what should I mark as my minimum salary requirement? 
      • Please mark your minimum salary requirement as one dollar ($1).