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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.

Maryland Free Public Records Directory

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Maryland Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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  • Q: Trying to find a woman in custody that maybe pregnant with my child?
    By Joey
    Jul 11, 2017

    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.

    By abc123
    Jul 11, 2017

  • Q: Is the history of Maryland flooding problems open to the public?
    By toby
    Aug 01, 2016

    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.

    By aa
    Aug 01, 2016

  • Q: How can I get birth records for my great grandfather, born in 1828 in Maryland
    By Bill
    Nov 12, 2015

    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.

    By timothy
    Jul 26, 2016

  • Q: I need a marriage certificate
    By Mimi
    Nov 19, 2015

    Aren't marriage records issued by the county clerk?

    By tj
    Feb 17, 2016


    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. U can also go to the court house of the state and county which u got married in, there is a small fee associated with this method, I am sure it is cheaper than the websitres,

    By beentheredonethat
    Mar 17, 2016

  • Q: How can I get an arrest report for all areas in Maryland?
    By adam
    Jan 15, 2015

    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.

    By admn-resp
    Oct 13, 2015

  • Q: Can I get an arrest record from 1970
    By zebra64
    Aug 17, 2015

    Where did the arrest occur? There are 24 counties in Maryland with their own sheriffs 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.

    By admn-resp
    Sep 15, 2015

  • Q: I really need to find out about my boyfriend who he really is and what type of criminal recorcd he has
    By Son
    Jan 20, 2015

    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.

    Please mention the type of information you have, not personal information specific to the person, but generally the type/category of information that can reveal which databases can be helpful that are online now. For example: “I have the date of birth”, rather than posting the actual date itself. The age or approximate is also helpful. Is the name common or uncommon? Less popular names are easier to sort through.

    By adm
    Jul 14, 2015

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Maryland Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

  • Tkeyah Breeche Chambers
    Age: 24
    Street: 9500 Block Of Sylvan Steill Rd
    City of Residency: LAUREL
    September 19, 2018
  • George William Lerch
    Age: 57
    Street: 13600 Block Of winterspoon Ln
    City of Residency: GERMANTOWN
    September 19, 2018
  • Andrea Michelle Gibson
    Age: 29
    City of Residency: Washington D.C.
    September 19, 2018
  • Donna   Campbell
    Age: 58
    Street: 1400 Block Of Fairfield Dr.
    City of Residency: DISTRICT HEIGHTS
    September 19, 2018
  • Devin   Moyer
    Age: 24
    Street: 10500 Block Of PENNBROOK DRIVE
    City of Residency: SILVER SPRING
    September 19, 2018
  • Pablo Osmin Maradiaga
    Age: 19
    Street: 11900 Block Of view crest terrace
    City of Residency: SILVER SPRING
    September 19, 2018

Maryland Most Wanted and Warrants

View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

Maryland Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Saul Mejia
    Saul Mejia, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/05/2018. Missing From Takoma Park, Md. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Takoma Park Police Department (maryland) 1-301-270-1100.
    September 13, 2018
  • Missing: Hasani Mustafa
    Hasani Mustafa, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/04/2018. Missing From Lanham, Md. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Prince Georges County Police Department (maryland) 1-301-352-1200.
    September 12, 2018
  • Missing: Joyce Burgos-santiago
    Joyce Burgos-santiago, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/22/2018. Missing From Middle River, Md. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Baltimore County Police Department (maryland) 1-410-396-2499.
    September 07, 2018
  • Missing: Cheyenne Russell
    Cheyenne Russell, Age Now: 18, Missing: 07/01/2018. Missing From Falkirk Rd., Md. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Baltimore City Police Department (maryland) 1-410-396-2525.
    September 05, 2018
  • Missing: Oliver Santos-ortiz
    Oliver Santos-ortiz, Age Now: 17, Missing: 07/21/2018. Missing From Brookeville, Md. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Montgomery County Police Department (maryland) 1-240-777-0788.
    September 05, 2018
  • Missing: Shannon Potter
    Shannon Potter, Age Now: 48, Missing: 03/03/1984. Missing From Parkville, Md. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Baltimore County Police Department (maryland) 1-410-887-2222.
    August 31, 2018

Maryland Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Michael Wilder • Silver Spring, Maryland • 55 Years Old
    May 04, 2018
  • Missing Person • George Hazley • Ellicott City, Maryland • 58 Years Old
    May 03, 2018
  • Updated: Missing Person • George Hazley • Ellicott City, Maryland • 58 Years Old
    May 03, 2018
  • Missing Person • James Stacy Bridgeford • Baltimore, Maryland • 46 Years Old
    May 03, 2018
  • Missing Person • Brian Carrington • Clinton, Maryland • 25 Years Old
    May 02, 2018
  • Updated: Missing Person • Brian Carrington • Clinton, Maryland • 25 Years Old
    May 02, 2018

Maryland Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/19/2018)

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Maryland Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

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  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Maryland
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Maryland Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • 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
  • Net change of housing units estimates
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  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • 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
  • 2009 statewide income of median households in Maryland
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Maryland
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Maryland territory
  • 2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile