NOTICE: The Clerk’s Office will be CLOSED on Thursday, April 22nd from 12:30pm to 2:00pm for our annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon. Appointments will NOT be scheduled during this time.

Welcome to the Clerk’s Office
of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Maryland

Clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll County, Heather S. DeWees

Heather S. DeWees, Clerk
Circuit Court for Carroll County, MD

COVID-19 UPDATE: Phase IV Reopening Plan begins March 15, 2021

During Phase IV, the Carroll County Circuit Court CLERK’S OFFICE is open to the public and serving its customers by appointment ONLY  to promote social distancing and to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Please call the following numbers to schedule an appointment:

  • Land Records & Licensing Department, please call 410-386-8760
    (Business Licenses, Marriage Licenses, Notary, Civil Wedding Ceremonies, Public Office or Governor Appointment Oaths, & Land Records customers)
  • All other customers: 410-386-8720

Parking information for the Carroll County Circuit Court:

  • The Circuit Courthouse Annex parking is located in front of the building parking on North Court Street, behind the Circuit Courthouse Annex on Greenwood Avenue or in the Parking Lot adjacent the Westminster Cemetery at the corner of Ralph Street and Greenwood Avenue.
  • The Historic Courthouse parking is located on Willis Street and on North Court Street.
  • Handicapped parking is located on North Court Street or on Greenwood Avenue behind the Circuit Courthouse Annex adjacent to the Permit Only Parking Lot.
  • Parking directly behind the Circuit Courthouse Annex is PERMIT PARKING ONLY. Please do NOT park behind the Courthouse Annex.

The Carroll County Clerk’s Office Announcements:

  • Carroll County 2021 Business License Renewal Tips
    1. Sign the bottom left corner of the application so that it may be processed
    2. Include a signed & dated check or money order made payable to: Heather S. DeWees, Clerk
    3. Place in CLERK'S OFFICE DROP BOX or mail to: Carroll County Clerk's Office, 55 North Court Street, Westminster, MD 21158.
    4. Please call 410-386-8760 if you have questions or need to update your business address.
  • Important SCAM NOTICES for the Public:
    • TELEPHONE “SUBPOENA” SCAM:In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for a court, tells the person that he or she is being served with a subpoena and risks being charged with contempt if he or she does not answer the caller’s questions. The caller then claims to need the person’s information such as name, address, zip code, social security number and a bank account number to verify the person’s identity and serve him or her with the subpoena. This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland Courts DO NOT call citizens and ask for their identity information or bank account information.

    • TELEPHONE “CLERK's OFFICE PAYMENT” SCAM: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for a court or the Clerk's Office, and tells the person he or she can pay their court fees by credit card. This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland courts do not call citizens to get payment over the phone and the Carroll County Clerk’s Office does NOT ACCEPT credit card payment over the phone. We do accept credit card as a form of payment in the office.

    • TELEPHONE “JURY DUTY” SCAM: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for a court, tells the person he or she has been charged with contempt for not reporting for jury duty, refers to a judge by name, and demands payment over the phone, typically with a pre-paid card.
      This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland courts do not call citizens to get payment over the phone for a fine for missing jury duty.
  • Circuit Court Information:
    • Carroll County Circuit Court Phase IV Guidelines: Phase IV Re-opening Plan
    • As of March 15, 2021, The Carroll County Circuit Court will begin to hear more cases IN PERSON. Some matters will still be heard remotely. The Assignment Office or the Judge’s Chambers will contact parties as needed.
    • Self-represented individuals may MAIL filings to the Clerk’s Office at 55 North Court Street, Westminster, MD 21157 or place in the Clerk’s Office DROP BOX available at the Circuit Court Annex front entrance on North Court Street.
    • For questions on Circuit Court cases or filings, please email: CarrollCircuitCourtClerksOffice@mdcourts.gov.
    • For payments of court fees, please make checks or money orders payable to: Heather S. DeWees, Clerk. Please click here for the updated Check Policy.
  • Expungement Information:
    • Please click here for information on how to file an expungement in Carroll County (when information about a criminal offense is removed from court and law enforcement records, including Maryland Judiciary Case Search).
  • Family Law Information:
    • FREE Carroll County Family Law PUBLIC SEMINARS are now being offered on the 1st Wednesday of each month.  There is NO income limitations for this seminar.  To register please email margaret.gude@mdcourts.govor call 410-386-2751
      (A resource book is provided. The 1st half of the seminar is about child visitation & child support and the 2nd half is about divorce.  No childcare is provided.) For more information, please email powel.welliver@mdcourts.gov or call 410-386-2751)
    • FREE Carroll County FAMILY LAW LEGAL ADVICE CLINICS are offered BY PHONE to those with a low income on Wednesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm & Thursdays 9:00am-Noon. Please call 410-386-2751 for this FREE limited legal advice opportunity.
    • Clinics and Seminars ONLY provide advice and do NOT provide court representation. They are first come first serve and subject to change due to availability of an attorney.
  • Jury Information:
    • Jury trials will begin April 26, 2021 as the Maryland Judiciary will move to Phase 4 of the Maryland Courts Reopening Plan.
    • Jury service notifications are being sent out to those selected to serve.
    • Grand Jury is back to full operation and jury service notifications are being sent out to those selected to serve.
    • Please call the Jury Commissioner at 410-386-2093 then press "0" if you have questions regarding Jury Service.
    • The Carroll County Clerk’s Office does NOT handle Jury Selection and cannot answer jury selection questions.
  • Marriage Information:
    • Marriage licenses are being issued by MAIL, DROP BOX and in the Land Records Office by appointment ONLY to those planning to marry in Carroll County. Questions should be emailed to: CarrollCountyMarriageLicenses@mdcourts.gov.
    • Click here for updated COVID-19 marriage application and instructions.
    • As of March 15, 2021, Civil Wedding Ceremonies can be conducted INDOORS with a 2 guests limit.
    • Ceremonies can be conducted OUTDOORS if parties have more guests and weather is permitting. Questions should be emailed to: CarrollCountyMarriageLicenses@mdcourts.gov.
    • Ceremonies must be scheduled by appointment ONLY. For an appointment, please call 410-386-8760.
    • For marriage license or ceremony payments, please make checks or money orders payable to: Heather S. DeWees, Clerk. Please click here for the updated Check Policy.
  • Notary Information:
    • All Notary Public applications and renewals are being processed by appointment ONLY. Please call 410-386-8760 or email LandRec.Carroll@mdcourts.gov to schedule an appointment.
    • For Notary payments, please make checks or money orders payable to: Heather S. DeWees, Clerk. Please click here for the updated Check Policy.
  • Public Computer Terminal Access:
    • Access to the Public Computers on the 2nd Floor Civil, Criminal, Family & Civil Departments is by appointment ONLY. Please call 410-386-8720 or email CarrollCircuitCourtClerksOffice@mdcourts.gov to schedule an appointment.
    • Access to the Public Computers on the Ground Floor Land Records & Licensing Department is by appointment ONLY. Please call 410-386-8760 or email LandRec.Carroll@mdcourts.gov to schedule an appointment.
    • Computer use is limited to 30 minutes per customer and customers are expected to sanitize terminals after use.
  • Walk-In Customers:
    • Customers that do not have an appointment must call 410-386-8760 for the Land Records & Licensing Department or call 410-386-8720 for all other matters upon arrival to the Circuit Court.
    • Walk-in customers must provide a call back number & email if they cannot be served due to proper social distancing in the lobby and hallways.
    • The Clerk’s Office will provide an appointment time for that day (subject to availability) and walk-in customers are expected to wait in their vehicle or outside the building until contacted.

Carroll County Clerk’s Office COVID-19 Information as of March 15, 2021:

All Clerk’s Office customers are expected to call to make an appointment:

  • Land Records & Licensing Department: 410-386-8760
    (Business Licenses, Marriage Licenses, Notary, Civil Wedding Ceremonies, Public Office or Governor Appointment Oaths, & Land Records customers)
  • All other customers: 410-386-8720

All Clerk’s Office customers:

  • are required to provide a call back number and email to staff.
  • are expected to call the office upon arrival for their appointment and wait in their vehicle or outside the building for further instruction from staff.
  • should expect to be helped over the phone as much as possible.
  • are encouraged to e-file, use the Clerk’s Office Drop Box in front of the Circuit Court Annex or mail in filings to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • can pay with check or money order payable to: Heather S. DeWees, Clerk
  • can obtain a date stamped copy of a filing that is mailed or placed in the Clerk’s Office Drop Box by providing an additional copy or copies of the filing, instructions and a self-addressed stamped envelope.
  • will be asked to come inside to the Clerk’s Office lobby only when necessary.
  • will have their temperature checked by the bailiffs upon entry into the courthouse and will be asked COVID-19 screening questions. (Patrons can enter the courthouse if their temperature is 100.4 or lower.)
  • are required to wear a face covering when inside the Circuit Courthouse and are encouraged to bring their own pen.
  • are encouraged not to bring children to the courthouse. If customers must bring children, it is the customer’s responsibility to closely supervise them. (Children ages 2 and over must wear face coverings while inside the courthouse.)

Thank you for your understanding.

Heather S. DeWees
Clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll County, MD
410-385-8715
Heather.DeWees@mdcourts.gov



Rich in the tradition and history of Maryland, the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court is one of the oldest public institutions in the state.

Welcome to the Carroll County Courthouse and the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a public institution of importance that dates back to the very beginning of the Province of Maryland in St. Mary’s County.

The Clerk provides invaluable service to both the Court and to the Maryland public. The Clerk of the Court was, and still is, responsible for recording the proceedings of the Court; for recording deeds, conveyances and other papers; and for preserving the records of the Court. Since 1777, the Clerk has been authorized to issue marriage licenses and other licenses required by law.

The Clerk’s responsibilities were clearly defined and delineated in the Maryland Constitution of 1867. As a prescribed and constituted commission of the State Government the Clerk eventually evolved from an appointed to an elected office. The Clerk is a locally elected State official who occupies an integral position within the Judicial Branch of Government.

Photo of the Carroll County Courthouse

Courtesy of MD Manual Online

The title of Clerk misrepresents the substantial responsibilities and prestige attached to this office within the judiciary. The Clerk’s office is responsible for a variety of functions often requiring involved processes prescribed by the law. The strict nature of the work demands the consistent accuracy and productivity of all employees in each assignment. Whether it is the recording of a deed, the docketing of a case or any of the multiple functions performed by the Clerk’s office, each activity directly affects individuals within the community.

The Clerk is ultimately responsible for the actions of all his or her employees, and is directly accountable to not only the judiciary but to the electorate for the performance of his or her office.

Photo of Heather DeWees being sworn in

Clerk Heather S. DeWees being given the oath of office

As you can see, the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a very busy place. I am very proud of the employees in my office and the work we do. I am also extremely proud and blessed to serve the citizens of Carroll County.

Please browse through the available links to the left for more information. If my office or I can be of more assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME IN THE CLERK’S OFFICE.

Heather S. DeWees, Clerk