Circuit Court for Howard County, MD - Clerk's Office

Updated: April 28, 2021

On Monday, April 26, the Maryland Judiciary began Phase V of the reopening plan. Appointments are no longer required, however office capacity may be limited to ensure proper social distancing.

The use of MDEC, Simplifile, mail or drop boxes will continue to be utilized for case filings and recordings as they have been since March. Forms can be located at

Please call the department needed at the specified number listed below for assistance.

Civil: (410) 313-3844
Criminal/Juvenile: (410) 313-3824
Land Records/Licensing: (410)313-5850

Questions regarding scheduling of a case: Please contact the Calendar and Caseflow Management Office: (410) 313-4185

Administrative Order Amending Use of Cell Phones, Other Electronic Devices, and Cameras
(effective May 1, 2018)


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.

View of Howard County Circuit Court

Courthouse photo courtesy
Maryland Manual Online

Welcome to the Howard County Courthouse and the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Clerk of the Court is a locally elected state official who occupies an integral position within the judicial branch of government, their duties and responsibilities are established and regulated by the laws of Maryland and the Rules of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Since 1658, the Office of Clerk of the Court has provided the citizens of Maryland with a variety of essential services. The revenue collected by the clerks for these services is distributed to city, county and state governments.

Each year the Clerk’s office files, processes, and maintains civil, criminal and juvenile actions. Land deeds, mortgages, plats, conveyances and other documents are recorded and electronically maintained by the Clerk. The Clerk issues business licenses and marriage licenses in addition to performing civil marriage ceremonies. The Clerk administers oaths to notary publics, county officials, judges and appointees commissioned by the Governor. Every resident in Howard County is a potential recipient of the many services provided by the Clerk.

Please browse through our links for more information. If my office can be of any service, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask for our assistance.

Wayne A. Robey
Clerk of Court