Land Records & Licenses Division
NOTICE: Please note that Chapter 538 from the 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly provides that the current $40 surcharge on recordable instruments recorded among the land records and financing statement records will continue on and after July 1, 2020. For more information, see page 15 through 16 here.
Circuit Court for Baltimore City
Land Records/Licenses Department
Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse
100 North Calvert Street – Room 610
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 333-3760 Land Records (Room 610)
(410) 333-3790 Marriage & Business Licenses (Room 627)
FAX NUMBER: (410) 333-3767
Hours of Operation
Recording/Lien Section & Reproduction (Copies)
Marriage & Business Licenses
Monday thru Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday thru Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.- 4:45 p.m.
Monday thru Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
$11.00 (new commissions)
$8.00 (change of name/address)
Authentication of Notary: $1.00 per document
Special Police Fees: No Charge
Government Appointments: No Charge
Police Officers/Cadets: No Charge
Recording, Reproduction & Liens
Copies: $0.50 per page
Certified Copies: $5.00 per instrument
Mail Requests for copies without return postage is additional: $2.00 charge
Basic Recording Fees
Basic Documents: $20.00 (9 pages), $75.00 (10 pages)
Homeowners Association: $50.00 (original filing with all attachments)
Homeowners Assn. (Amendments): $5 per page up to 5 pages, over 5 pages $25 per doc
Notice of Ejectment or Sale: $15.00 (9 pages)
Plats:$5.00 (for each part. Ex. 1 of 3= $15.00)
Power of Attorney: $20.00 (9 pages), $75.00 (10 pages)
Release: $10.00 (9 pages), $75.00 (10 pages)
Land Records Recording Taxes
State Transfer Tax: ½% of Consideration or Assessed Value
First Time Homeowners Transfer Tax: 1/4% (must have affidavit attached)
Non-Resident Taxes: (collected for Comptroller’s office 7 % Ind. 8.25% Corp.)
Must provide a separate check for Non-resident Taxes
RECORDING TAXES ARE ALSO CALCULATED ACCORDING TO THE EXEMPTIONS APPLIED AT THE TIME OF RECORDING. (Must provide exemption code or reason on document to qualify.)
Searches: Land Records Employees are not required to perform searches for land ownership or ground rents. Customers must perform their own search or obtain services from a Title Company.
Marriage & Business Licenses
Alternate Processes for Marriage Applications and Ceremonies Due to COVID-19
Marriage Application: $85.00 (cash only)
Marriage Ceremony: $25.00 (cash only) Must bring a witness 18 years or older
Certified Copies: $5.50 per copy
Business Licenses: Fees vary according to type of Licenses, Inventory Amount & Months
Forms of payment accepted for Land Records & Licenses Department
Money Orders, Certified Bank Checks, Corporate Checks or Cash
Personal Checks (Business Licenses only) must be associated with the owner (no third party checks accepted).
Foot & Motor Peddlers (Cash Only).
Checks made payable to: Circuit Court for Baltimore City