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About Maryland Open Public Record

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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Maryland Free Public Records Directory

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

Maryland Free Court Records Search

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Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Maryland
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  • How do I find someone in custody in Maryland?
    There are 2 searches you can check that are readily available to the public. For many in short term custody, the Maryland department of public safety and and correctional division provides a web page "division of pretrial detention and services", on the left of that web page you will a menu with the link "Find an Inmate". The web page also gives you information about the data, including for some short sentenced offenders. To get there, click on the link "Maryland Prison and Jail Inmates" listed under: Maryland Free Public Records Directory (above, 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, simply click on the mentioned link above, which will link you directly to the DPSCS search form.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 its 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. Local churches were the only ones recording births during these years. Maryland state archives are a main repository for church records.
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  • Where can I find in Maryland, a copy of a marriage certificate?
    Marriage certificate copies can be obtained thru any website that also provide birth and death certificates. There is a cost associated to get a copy with the raised seal. You can also go to the court house of the state and county which u got married in.
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  • How can I get an arrest report for all areas in Maryland?
    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.
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