Fill-in forms allow you to enter information into a form while it is displayed on your computer screen and then print out the completed form. You must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.1 (or newer), which is available for free online. You can also print out the form and write the information by hand. Fill-in forms are better than hand written forms because they offer a cleaner and crisper printout for your records and are easier for us to process.
IMPORTANT: The Acrobat Reader does not allow you to save your fill-in form to disk. To do so, you must have the full Adobe Acrobat 4.1 (or newer) product suite, which can be purchased from Adobe. Maryland fill-in forms use the features provided with Acrobat 3.0 products. There is no computation, validation or verification of the information you enter and you are fully responsible for the accuracy of all required information.
Completing the Form
When you click on your selected form, the file will open in Adobe Acrobat and you will see a cursor that is shaped like a hand. The hand cursor will allow you to move the form around on your screen when you click and drag. When you position the hand cursor on the form and click, the I-beam cursor will appear. The I-beam cursor allows you to select a field, a check box, a radio button, or an item from a list.
Use the Tab key to accept the field change and go to the next field. Use Shift + Tab to accept the field change and go to the previous field.
When you are finished filling out the form, use your mouse to select an area of the form outside of a form field before printing your form. If a form field is active (contains the blinking bar) the contents will not print. If the fill-in form is displayed within your web browser's window be sure to use the print button on the Acrobat toolbar menu to print the form instead of your web browser print function.