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Maryland Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Maryland, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

(410) 974-3901


State Archives
Criminal Records
Criminal Justice Information System
Public Safety and Correctional Records
PO Box 5743
Pikeville MD 21282
(410) 764-4501
(410) 653-5900 (fax)

Driving Records
Department of Motor Vehicles
Motor Vehicle Administration
6601 Ritchie Hwy, NE
Glen Burnie MD 21062
(410) 787-7758
(fax number not provided)

Vehicle Ownership Information
Department of Motor Vehicles
Vehicle Registration Division
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie MD 21062
(410) 768-7250
(410) 768-7653 (fax)

Vital Statistics
(birth, death, divorce, marriage)
Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
6550 Reistertown Rd.
Baltimore MD 21215
(410) 764-3038
(410) 358-7381

Business/Corporate Records
Department of Assessments and Taxation
Corporations Division
301 W. Preston St.
Baltimore MD 21201
(410) 767-1340
(410) 333-7097 (fax)

Workers Compensation Information
Workers Compensation Commission
Six N Liberty St
Baltimore MD 21201
(410) 864-5120
(410) 864-5101 (fax)

[tax liens available only at county level]
Department of Assessments and Taxation
UCC Division
301 West Preston St
Baltimore MD 21201
(410) 767-1340
(410) 333-7097 (fax)

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

Note: Government agencies are continually updating and expanding online access to their records; consequently, this page is continually updated and expanded. Check back for the latest information!

Allegany County
P.O. Box 359
Cumberland, MD 21502
(301) 777-5922

Anne Arundel County
Box 71
Annapolis, MD 21404
(410) 222-1397

Baltimore City (Independent City)
110 N. Calvert St., Room 628
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 887-2601

City of Baltimore Property Tax

Baltimore County
401 Bosley Ave., 2nd Floor
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 512-2000

Calvert County
175 Main St.
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
(410) 535-1660

Caroline County
P.O. Box 458
Denton, MD 21629-0458
(410) 479-1811

Carroll County
55 N. Court St., Room G8
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 386-2642

Cecil County
129 E. Main, Room 108
Elkton, MD 21921
(410) 996-5373

Charles County
P.O. Box 970
La Plata, MD 20646-0970
(301) 932-3201

Dorchester County
206 High St.
P.O. Box 150
Cambridge, MD 21613
(410) 228-0481

Frederick County
100 W. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 694-1970

Garrett County
P.O. Box 447
Oakland, MD 21550-1535
(301) 334-1937

Harford County
20 W. Courtland St.
Bel Air, MD 21014
(410) 638-3426

Howard County
8360 Court Ave.
Ellicott City, MD 21043-4300
(410) 313-2111

Kent County
103 N. Cross St.
Chestertown, MD 21620-1512
(410) 778-7460

Montgomery County
50 Maryland Ave., Room 111
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 777-9466

Prince George's County
14735 Main St.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
(301) 952-3240

Queen Anne's County
100 Courthouse Square
Centreville, MD 21617
(410) 758-1773

Saint Mary's County
P.O. Box 676
Leonardtown, MD 20650
(301) 475-4567

Somerset County
P.O. Box 99
Princess Ann, MD 21853-0099
(410) 651-1555

Talbot County
11 North Washington St.
Easton, MD 21601
(410) 822-2611

Washington County
P.O. Box 229
Hagerstown, MD 21741-0229
(301) 733-8660

Wicomico County
101 North Division
Old Courthouse, Rm. 101A
Salisbury, MD 21801
(410) 543-6551

Worchester County
P.O. Box 40
Snow Hill, MD 21863
(410) 632-1222