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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 in Maryland, access to and a copy of my criminal record?
    The CJIS-Central Repository can conduct a fingerprint based criminal history search by requesting it directly. The Maryland department of public safety and correctional services offers background checks for employers, visas, gold seal letters and for your own review. You will need to go to a fingerprinting service center, (a list of which 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. You can also overnight it once you have the fingerprints to get the results sooner.
  • Where can I find in Maryland, arrest reports from the entire state?
    Official full 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 line up of inmates held in county or city jails. Arrest reports are more detailed, while records of arrest can show just a date, name/description of the offenders, reason for being in custody and maybe some other few details. Arrests are different from criminal records since a person that is arrested is not necessarily convicted, so they are similar to incident reports. In some cases you can get a incident report from an involved insurance company, that can be the same for arrest reports and attorneys involved.
  • Where can I find in Maryland, the new owner of my foreclosed rental home?
    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 to search counties throughout the state.
  • 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 or not. You will be able see results from a number of free people locator databases. A people locator search is offered by many private companies that will initially show the person's name, including the middle initial/name, date of birth, possible relatives and past residences. Past residences are important to see all the areas to search, including any outside of the state. This can broaden the scope of your entire search when you begin to capture all the data you can get and not leave out records in other states.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 in.
  • Where do I find the history of Maryland 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 "Maryland and the District of Columbia: Floods and Droughts" page with more details about the effects of the floods.
  • 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.
Maryland Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Maryland Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    27,456
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    542
  • Rape:
    1,913
  • Robbery:
    9,203
  • Aggravated Assault:
    15,798
  • Total Property Crime:
    117,901
  • Burglary:
    16,862
  • Larceny Theft:
    89,780
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    11,259
Maryland Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    5,773,552
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    5,296,544
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    9%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    477,066
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    5,296,486
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    380,606
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    1,351,935
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    12%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    694,796
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    52%
  • State's white resident population
    3,359,284
  • State's black resident population
    1,700,298
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    20,420
  • State's Asian resident population
    318,853
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    3,157
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    164,708
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    470,632
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    3,157,958
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    58%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    29%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    6%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    8%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    55%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Maryland
  • Births
    78,095
  • Deaths
    43,757
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    625
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    86%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Maryland Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    12%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    15%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    88%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    35%
  • Total number of Veterans
    461,622
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Maryland
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    31 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    2,341,194
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    195,891
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    9%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    70%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $326,400
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    25%
  • Total number of households
    2,092,538
  • Average size of households
    3
  • Maryland Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $34,236
  • Statewide income of median households in Maryland
    $69,193
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    9%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $261,115
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $46,471
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    2,986,933
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    209,323
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    7%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    3,437,502
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    345,955
  • People employed by the government
    542,254
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    181,703,421
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    52,859
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    138,607
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