Maryland Public Records
The Maryland Public Information Act, Title 10, Subtitle 6, Part III of the State Government Article, grants access to the public to government records. The state considers the term public record to include written material and also photographs, photostats, films, microfilms, recordings, tapes, computerized records, maps, drawings, etc., concerning public business and made or kept by a government agency.
Exemptions include adoption & welfare records, personnel records, letters of reference, student records, motor vehicle records, library records, arrest warrants, police reports, medical data, trade secrets, financial information, home addresses of public employees, and records relating to investigations.
Find below popular resources at the state level. Don’t forget that many additional records are held by county and city offices. Access those by utilizing the menu options on the side.
- Court System - The Maryland court system has four levels. At the first is the District Court, a non-jury court that handles traffic & boating violations, misdemeanors, some felonies, domestic violence, small claims, landlord-tenant disputes, and civil cases up to $30K. At this level is the Orphans Court, which handles wills, estates & probate cases. At the second level is the Circuit Court, the trial court of general jurisdiction, which handles major civil & criminal cases, and juvenile & family law cases. At the third level is the Court of Special Appeals, which considers decisions by the lower courts. At the top level is the Court of Appeals, the highest court (known as the Supreme Court in most other states). The Court of Appeals reviews death penalty cases by mandate, and other decisions by choice. Maryland Court Records
- Criminal Records - Misdemeanors, DWI/DUI cases, juvenile cases, and preliminary hearings are handled by the District Courts. Certain misdemeanors & juvenile cases are handled by the Circuit Courts, along with most felony cases. To search criminal databases and find out what else is available, go to our Maryland Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records - Provided by: Division of Vital Records Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 6550 Reisterstown Rd., Reistertown Road Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21215, (410) 764-3038 or (800) 832-3277, Fax: (410) 358-0738. Go over to our Vital Records page for historical births and christenings from 1650 to 1995; the Social Security Death Index for Maryland, and available city & county databases for death indexes, burials, obituaries, and cemeteries; historical marriages; and statewide divorce court records.
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Search over one million documents from the constitutional, legal, legislative, judicial, and administrative branches of the Maryland government.
Search the Maryland Bar Association for registered attorneys.
|Attorneys - Bankruptcy |
Browse the alphabetical membership list of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland to view member information including name, firm, address, phone, fax and e-mail.
|Bankruptcies, Judgments & Tax Liens Pay Site|
Search statewide in Maryland for filing summaries of bankruptcies, judgments, and tax liens. Immediate results for $5. Nationwide search available for the same rate.
|Businesses - Minority owned |
Search the Maryland Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Directory by name, address, phone number, contact name, SIC code, certification number or NAICS Code.
|Charitable Organizations |
Search Maryland charitable organizations by name, city, county, or keyword. Gives contact information, income, expenses, paid fundraiser usage, and purpose.
|City Records |
Access home pages and search public records free in Maryland cities and towns.
|Cold Case Homicides |
Search the Maryland State Police list of cold case homicides by victim name. Provides name, location of homicide, date, cause of death, case details, and investigator contact information.
|Company Search | Corporations and Companies |
Search Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation records for Maryland corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, and other registered business entities.
|County Tax Rates |
Browse the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation's list of 2008-2009 tax rates by county.
|Court of Appeals - U.S. Fourth Circuit - PACER |
Search the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) database for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals by case number or keyword to view the courts online case and docket information. Covers: Maryland, North & South Carolina, Virgina, and West VA.
|Court Records | Judiciary Wills & Trusts |
Search Maryland Judiciary records of Maryland District Courts and Baltimore City Circuit Court estate records covering Wills, Trusts, Guardianships, Unprobated Wills, and more.
|Court Records | PACER U.S. District Bankruptcy Pay Site|
Use the federal PACER system to search for Maryland U.S. District Court bankruptcy records and download copies of court documents. PACER requires registration and a small fee per search.
|Court Records | Register of Wills |
Search Maryland Office of Register of Wills Estate records for Wills, unprobated Wills, non-probate transfers, regular and judicial estates, foreign proceedings, Guardianship estates, and more.
|Criminal Histories Pay Site|
Do a criminal background search in Maryland or search 450 million records nationwide. Instant results.
|Criminal Histories (info) |
Go here for information from the Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services on how to obtain criminal histories and background checks.
|Death Records (from churches) |
Browse this Maryland State Archives database of Maryland church death records by last name. Gives burial date and source of information. Site includes records from 17 churches in 12 counties.
|Death Records 1898-1910 |
Browse this Maryland State Archives database by date and name for Board of Health death records filed between 1898 and 1910.
|Death Records 1910-1951 |
Browse this Maryland State Archives database by date and name for Board of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics death records filed between 1910 and 1951.
|Delinquent Taxpayers |
Browse this listing provided by the Comptroller of Maryland Compliance Division of businesses, individuals and corporate officers having large unresolved tax liabilities.
Search the State of Maryland employee register. Information provided includes name, title, agency name, office, and phone number.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Maryland for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people, addresses, and phone numbers in Maryland instantly. Fee for detailed reports.
|Government Publications |
Search Maryland government publications by agency, series title, date, or keyword. Gives source, description, accession number, and location.
Search Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services records by name for Maryland inmates.
|Inmates and Offenders |
Search Vinelink for inmates and offenders in Maryland. Includes Department of Corrections records and county detention center records.
Your website for information regarding the Maryland legislature. Provides bill information and status, budget documents, Maryland statutes, bills signed and vetoed by governor, house and senate proceedings and hearing schedules.
Input your home address to search for your Maryland General Assembly and Congressional representatives.
Browse Maryland public & school libraries by name. Gives link to webpage and to online card catalog, if available.
|Lobbyists & Lobbyist Employers |
Browse by name for lobbyists and lobbyist employers in Maryland. Provides name, address, qualifying period, and employer name & address.
|Maps - GIS |
Access the Maryland GIS database to view demographics, education, geography, quality of life, taxes, transportation, and work force in Maryland.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Maryland to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
Search this Maryland Secretary of State Notary Public database by name and/or county.
|Property Records |
Search property records in Maryland property by county and address, account number, map and parcel, or search for property sales information.
|Protective Orders |
Search for Maryland protective orders by case number and respondent name and county of issuance.
|Registered Offenders |
Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional services sex offender registry. Search by name, address, county, zip code, education, or use the interactive map.
Browse Maryland statutes by article and section number. Gives full text of statute.
Search Maryland trademarks by name, keyword, service, owner, or classification.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search Comptroller of Maryland records for unclaimed Maryland property by name of owner.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Search Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation records by name or file number for Maryland Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Filings. Access, searches, and document copies are all available for free.
Search Maryland Department of Budget and Management records by name for vendors or agencies that have been paid by the State more than $25,000 in a fiscal year.
Search Maryland voter registration records and find polling places.