Gift Card Ratings

Maryland Gift Card Law

Last updated on February 28, 2011


What we like:

  • Gift cards do not escheat to the State of Maryland
  • Maryland has legally defined the notion of a gift card
  • Maryland has legally specified whether or not gift cards escheat to the state
  • Fee and expiration detail must be visible in at least 10 point font, on the card, on a sticker attached to the card or on an envelope containing the card.

What could be better:

  • Gift cards may expire 4 years from purchase date
  • Post-sale fees of any amount may be charged 4 years after date of purchase.
  • Merchants are not required to give cash back
  • Maryland does not maintain a consumer-centric web page dedicated to gift card laws

Heads up! ScripSmart attempts to make all information accurate. ScripSmart is only a guideline and does not provide definitive statements of the law. If you have questions about the law's application to a particular case, direct them to a specialist.

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The following types of gift cards are excluded form Maryland Gift Card Law:

Bank Cards, Free loyalty/promotional cards, Phone Cards, Technology Cards

Maryland Attorney General Information

Attorney General: Douglas F. Gansler (D)
Phone: 1-410-576-6300

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