Maryland Public Records

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  • 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.

Births and Christenings 1650-1995

Selected Maryland birth and christening records filed between 1650 and 1995.

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.


Maryland Secretary of State charitable organization search.

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

Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation records for Maryland corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, and other registered business entities.

Court Opinions | Appellate Court

Maryland Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals opinions.

Court Opinions | U.S. 4th Circuit

U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals opinions for Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Court Records | Civil, Criminal & Traffic

Maryland Judiciary Case Search for civil, criminal, and traffic court records in all Maryland counties.

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 | PACER U.S. District Civil and Criminal

Use the federal PACER system to search for Maryland U.S. District Court federal civil and criminal records and obtain 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 (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.

Deaths and Burials 1877-1992

Small database of 3,700 Maryland deaths and burials recorded between 1877 and 1992.

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.

Government Employees | Phone Numbers

Search for Maryland government employees by name, title, or department.

Government Publications

Search Maryland government publications by agency, series title, date, or keyword. Gives source, description, accession number, and location.

Health Care Quality Reports

Maryland Health Care Commission reports and ratings on hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, and surgery centers.

Income Tax Refunds

Comptroller of Maryland search for current year refund status.


Search Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services records by name for Maryland inmates.

Inmates | VineLink

Search Vinelink for inmates and offenders in Maryland. Includes Department of Corrections records and Maryland counties 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.

Licenses | Professional, Medical & Business

Search Maryland professional and business licenses and verify license status for attorneys, CPAs, physicians, real estate brokers and salespersons, and many others.

Lobbyists & Lobbyist Employers

Maryland State Ethics Commission lists of lobbyists and lobbyist employers.

Maps - GIS

Access the Maryland GIS database to view demographics, education, geography, quality of life, taxes, transportation, and work force in Maryland.

Marriages 1666-1970

Index of over 250,000 Maryland marriage records filed between 1666 and 1970.

Missing and Unidentifed Persons

Missing and unidentified persons in Maryland, provided by the Maryland Missing Persons Network.

Missing Children

Maryland missing children search from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Property Records

Maryland property assessment and taxation records.

Protective Orders

Maryland protective orders by case number, 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.


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.


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.

Maryland is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The Capital is Annapolis and the largest city is Baltimore.  The Official Web Site is located at  Maryland is the 19th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 5,976,407 and the 2010 census population was 5,773,785.  The land area is 9,707.24 square miles and there are 594.8 persons per square mile.

60.5% of the population is White, 30.1% is Black or African American, 9% is Hispanic or Latino, 6.1% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.6% are two or more races. 88.7% are a high school graduate or higher, and 36.8% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $292,700. There are on average 2.65 persons per household, the per capita income is $36,354, the median household income is $73,538, and 9.8% of the persons in Maryland are considered below poverty level.

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