The Land Records Department handles all matters relating to real estate transactions. The department holds some of the most important records created by the government, which date as far back as July 1777. These land records are publicly accessible through the Internet, as well as at the department.
After a liber (book) and folio (page) has been located, the documents may be viewed on the computer. Copies (including certified copies) can be made of any documents by the Duplication staff. The staff can also provide triple seals of any instruments recorded in the Land Records Department. Self-service of regular copies is also available. The pricing of the duplication services is provided below:
50 cents per page
25 cents per page*
$5.00 for the certification and 50 cents per page
$10.00 for the seal and 50 cents per page
* Quick-key is required to make document copies. The quick-key is an instrument to unlock images and allow for the duplication of documents. The key is available for purchase from the Duplication Department (Rm. 219). You may add money to your key at anytime during normal business hours.
The Indexing Department indexes all documents recorded in the Land Records Recording Department. Each document is indexed by the name of the individual appearing on the document (i.e., grantor-person selling or giving, grantee-person buying or receiving), the liber and folio, and the type of document. All names are indexed alphabetically into the computer. All indexes are proofed for accuracy before finalization.
Images of all instruments related to land transactions are created using a Kodak i 610 Scanner at the Imaging Department. After receiving a liber and folio number for the desired instruments, the Imaging Staff takes digital images of the requested documents.
All instruments related to land transactions recorded in the Land Records Department – land, financing statements, corporation, condominium plats, sub-division plats, liens, and judgments – may be viewed at the Land Records Public Information Room. This department houses indexes of all instruments, and by using the indexes, patrons can identify the instruments that they wish to view. The indexes are available from July 3, 1977, to the present.
Patrons may also obtain access to the images of the instruments related to land records in Montgomery County, as well as other counties in the State of Maryland through MDLandRec.Net, a digital image retrieval system for land records in Maryland.
Click here to access to the MDLandRec.Net home page*.
* When you access the information for the first time, you will be required to fill out an application for login (note: a valid e-mail address is required). You will receive a password via e-mail approximately within 1 hour of completing the application on a normal business day; if you complete the login application on the weekend, you will receive your password the next business day. Accessing information from MDLandRec.Net is currently free.
Once you are logged into the system, you can search land records by name, liber/folio, or tax account number.
To search plats, you may use the website: www.plats.net. Use the following user name and password to access the site:
User name: plato
Contact the Maryland State Archives Help Desk at (410) 260-6487 for questions regarding MDLandRec.Net and plats.net.
Deeds, deeds of trust, leases, assignments, powers of attorney, etc., are recorded in this department. This department generates more revenue than all of the other departments within the Clerk's office. The recording of documents is transacted in the office personally by the public and/or by mail. Immediately after receiving a document, the recording clerk calculates the fees and taxes. The document is stamped to indicate the day and time of filing. There are several recording fees ranging between $10 - $75, and a $40 surcharge. State transfer taxes are figured at 1/2 of 1 % (.005) of the consideration amount. State transfer taxes are collected only on deeds and leases.
How to Record a Deed in Montgomery County
The Finance Office, located at 255 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20850, Room L15, must transfer all deeds. You may use the Monroe Street entrance. Phone: 240-777-8995.
All deeds with agricultural use and partial transfers must go through the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, located at 30 West Gude drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Phone: 240-314-4520.
Any deed or document that effects a change of ownership must be accompanied by: (1) a completed intake sheet, you may print a copy at http://www.courts.state.md.us/courtforms (2) a copy of the deed for submission to the Department of Assessments and Taxation and a affadavit of residency and/or a Maryland Form MW 506 NRS, for non-resident sale of property. You may obtain information
on the affadavit of residency and/or a Maryland Form MW 506 NRS by calling 1-800-638-2937 or on the comptroller’s website at marylandtaxes.com.
The deed must have a certification of preparation. The
attorney who prepared the document or one of the parties named in the instrument must sign it.
The grantors (sellers) must sign the deed which should be acknowledged before a Notary Public.
The parcel ID# must be typed or printed on the deed. The parcel ID# is located in the upper right corner of your tax bill. It would be the same as your account number.
There is a recording fee of $20.00 for any deed nine (9) pages or less in length if it involves solely a principal residence. The fee for any other deed, ten (10) pages or more in length is $75.00. There is a $40.00 surcharge for every deed.
Taxes, if applicable:
a) State transfer tax is figured at the rate of ½ of 1% of the consideration.
b) There is a .25% state transfer tax rate for the first-time Maryland homebuyers purchasing a principal place of residence. If there are multiple grantees on the deed, all must be either first-time Maryland homebuyers acquiring their principal residence or persons joined in the deed and purchase money mortgage/deed of trust as co-makers or guarantors. To qualify for this exemption, each grantee must provide a statement under oath, signed by the grantee stating that the grantee is a first-time Maryland homebuyer who will occupy the residence as a principal residence, or is a co-maker or guarantor of the purchase money mortgage/deed of trust who will not occupy the residence as a principal residence.
C) A statement of the amount of the actual consideration to be paid, if any, including the amount of any mortgage or deed of trust assumed by the grantee, shall either be included in every taxable instrument offered for record as part of its recitals or as part of the acknowledgment, or be contained in a separate affidavit accompanying the instrument. The affidavit is to be signed under the penalties of perjury by a party to the instrument or the agent of such party.
If you have any legal questions, please contact an attorney.
For a release nine (9) pages or less in length
For a notice of sale
For a power of attorney
For any other instrument nine (9) pages or less in length or
For any instrument over nine (9) pages in length if it involves solely a principal residence
For any other instrument ten (10) pages or more in length.
There is a $40.00 surcharge for all documents except notice of sales and Power of Attorney, Assumption Agreements and Transfer of Development Rights.
Montgomery County Circuit Court 50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Normal Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(Effective Date:09/30/2013) Construction - Maryland Avenue and Monroe Street Entrances
The Maryland avenue entrance to the Circuit Court will be open for pedestrian traffic on September 30, 2013 and the Monroe street entrance will be closed for construction. Signage will be posted on and around the exterior of the building as well as in the Rockville Core area directing people to enter through the Maryland avenue side of the building or the Terrace level entrance from the Executive Office Building. PLEASE ALSO NOTE: All Sheriff's sales and other legal auctions have moved to the Maryland avenue entrance. Attorney, law enforcement, juror, employee and all other pedestrian access to the Circuit Court will be exclusively through the Maryland avenue or Montgomery County Executive Office Building cafeteria entrances.
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For additional information about the Courthouse Annex construction update, please access the following link to Montgomery County’s Circuit Court Annex website