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Enacted in 1970, Maryland's Public Information Act, PIA, grants the public a broad right of access to public records. Certain records are exempt from disclosure and must be withheld. Examples include, but are not limited to, records containing attorney client advice, inmate case records, medical records, personnel records or financial information. Other records that may be withheld include, but are not limited to, investigatory records. There are 24 counties and county equivalents in the state of Maryland. For much of Maryland, local government typically is county government. 23 counties and Baltimore City make up the twenty-four main local jurisdictions found in Maryland. There are 8,558 populated places in Maryland. Municipalities in Maryland can be cities, towns, or villages. Incorporated places are self-governing municipalities chartered as cities, towns, or villages of which there are 157. Criminal history searches may be requested in Maryland through the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. These include individual background checks for employment purposes and individual state background checks. Examine Maryland public records using a multitude of databases online. Look up census facts and figures about Maryland residents. Imagine what it would be like to live in Maryland by researching data on housing, real estate values and the local economy. Learn about the income, earnings and employment data for the people of Maryland. Find information on firms and companies doing business in the state. Check with county websites to get a feel for the local governments and services. You can also find community information and attractions by linking to the individual city sites. Get an overview of the Maryland Court System where you can find information for citizens and legal professionals and search for court records. Find out about criminal background checks, victims services and other public safety issues. Read about up to date news stories and crime reports occurring in Maryland. Return to this site frequently as updated sources are added on a regular basis.
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  • Where can I find access to and a copy of my criminal record in Maryland?
    The CJIS-Central Repository can request a fingerprint-based criminal history search directly. The Maryland department of public safety and correctional services offers background checks for employers, visas, gold seal letters, and for your review. You will need to go to a fingerprinting service center (a list you can see on the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services webpage) and be fingerprinted. Local police departments also offer this service to the public, and you can also overnight it once you have the fingerprints to get the results sooner. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Maryland arrest reports from the entire state?
    Official complete reports are generally obtained from the individual department which made the arrest. Records of arrests can be anything related to a person's arrest, such as a lineup of inmates held in county or city jails. Arrest reports are more detailed, while arrest records can show just a date, name/description of the offenders, reason for being in custody, and maybe some other details. Arrests differ from criminal records since a person arrested is not necessarily convicted, so they are similar to incident reports. In some cases, you can get an incident report from an involved insurance company, which can be the same for arrest reports and attorneys involved. (Staff)
  • Where can I find the new owner of my foreclosed rental home in Maryland?
    The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation has a free open public property search. You can search by parcel number, ID, street address, or sales date. You will see transfer information, location information, and structure data. The transfer information shows the seller, buyer, sale type, and recorded price. It's instant information, and you don't need to check one county assessor site to another; the same site allows you to search counties throughout the state. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Maryland, my boyfriend's criminal record?
    You need a starting point with the information you already have; the more you have, the easier the search will be. Helpful information is the full name, including the middle initial/name and location, regardless of whether the address is old. You will see results from several free people locator databases. Many private companies offer a people locator search that will initially show the person's name, including the middle initial/name, date of birth, possible relatives, and past residences. Past residences are essential to see all the areas to search, including any outside of the state. This can broaden the scope of your search when you begin to capture all the data you can get and not leave out records in other states. (Staff)
  • Where can I find access to a 1970s arrest record in Maryland?
    Where did the arrest occur? There are 24 counties in Maryland with their own sheriff's departments and records units. Larger departments will have better online services, but you may have to reach the records unit regardless and see how far back they go and whether their archived arrest records go to the state police. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Maryland birth records for my great grandfather, born in 1828?
    Archived records, such as genealogy information, are not the same as public records of persons still under privacy protections. Public records of persons not deceased have restrictions, and their accessibility can vary from record to record and agency to agency. From 1800 to 1864, the state of Maryland didn't require recordings of any births, and local churches were the only ones recording births during these years. Maryland state archives are the central repository for church records. (Staff)
  • Where can I find, in Maryland, a copy of the marriage certificate?
    Marriage certificate copies can be obtained thru any website that also provides birth and death certificates. There is a cost associated with getting a copy with the raised seal. You can also go to the courthouse of the state and county in which you got married. (Staff)
  • Where do I find the history of Maryland's flooding problems?
    Maryland Department of the Environment and Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative Salisbury University August 2005 report shows Maryland's flooding history from May 1860 to July 2004. You can view more such as Maryland's Vulnerability to Flood Damage assessment from the state's Department of the Environment (MDE). The USGS provides the "Maryland and the District of Columbia: Floods and Droughts" page with more details about the effects of the floods. (Staff)
  • How do I find someone in custody in Maryland?
    You can check two searches that are readily available to the public. For many in short-term custody, the Maryland department of public safety and correctional division provides a web page called "division of pretrial detention and services" on the left of that web page, you will see a menu with the link "Find an Inmate." The web page also provides information about the data, including some short-sentenced offenders. To get there, click on the "Maryland Prison and Jail Inmates" link under Maryland Free Public Records Directory (below, on this page). Once you click on the link, go to the home page and click on the Pretrial Detention tab. For the other database, which searches long-term inmates committed to the custody of the Commissioner of Correction, click on the mentioned link above, which will link you directly to the DPSCS search form. (Staff)
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