March 18, 2020

Government Relations and Public Affairs
187 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401


Circuit courts in Maryland will process land record filings amid COVID-19

ANNAPOLIS, Md.  – Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, a new administrative order allows land record filings to be recorded in the Maryland state circuit courts’ clerk’s offices during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera ordered Wednesday that any instruments required to be recorded shall be recorded in the land records office of the applicable circuit court until further notice.

Instruments can be recorded electronically. In addition, drop boxes are located in every circuit court throughout the state for land record instruments and other filings.

Title searchers may conduct title searches online through the Maryland Land Records at The website provides online access to Maryland land record documents and is provided by the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives.

Additionally, is a digital image reference system provided by the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives for Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats. It preserves and makes accessible all plats filed with the Land Office and Maryland’s circuit courts.

As of 3:30 p.m., on March 18, 2020, Maryland state courts and court offices are staffed with essential employees between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

To read the full Administrative Order on Statewide Judiciary Operations That Must Be Maintained During the COVID-19 Emergency: Land Records, go to:

Please continue to monitor the dedicated COVID-19 webpage on for more updates.


Nadine Maeser
Public Information Officer

Terri Charles
Asst. Public Information Officer