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Land Records

Clerk's Office

Telephone Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm
Walk In Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm

TO CONTACT US CALL: 410-222-1425

The Clerk of the Circuit Court Land Records Department acts as custodian for the recording and maintenance of all public records connected to real estate in Anne Arundel County.  Our research room is offered in a library setting where all records are available to the public through a variety of media from hardbound books to digital images.   Information is obtained by self-research and copies are readily available for a fee.  The Clerk's Office is prohibited by law from providing legal assistance or performing title searches.

Verified Land Records instruments can be viewed on the web. You will need to establish a free account to view the documents:

The following items must be recorded to be maintained as permanent records.

Land Records:

  • Deeds
  • Mortgages and Deeds of Trust
  • Leases
  • Releases of Mortgage and Deeds of Trust, etc.
  • Contracts and other instruments pertaining to Land


  • Subdivisions
  • Condominium
  • Selected State Highway and County Road


  • Military Discharges
  • Homeowner Depository

Individual surveys and site plans are not available at the Clerk’s office.

Please note:  It is recommended that you check with your Title Company or Real Estate Attorney regarding county and state statutes that could apply prior to recording

Recording Process for Deeds

All deeds must be passed through a three to four step process. If your property is located within the Annapolis City limits, then you must first take the deed to City Hall and complete steps 1 - 4.  If property is located in Anne Arundel County complete steps 2 to 4.

Step 1:  (City of Annapolis Property Only) City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD

If the property is not located within the Annapolis City limits, then you must complete steps 2 to 4:

Step 2: Tax Office, Arundel Center, 44 Calvert Street, 1st Floor, Annapolis, MD

Step 3:  Recordation Tax Department, Arundel Center, 44 Calvert Street Room 14, Annapolis, MD

Step 4: Record at the Land Records desk in the Clerk's Office, 7 Church Circle, Annapolis, MD

If you have any questions about this process, please call us at 410-222-1425.

Robert P. Duckworth, Clerk
Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
ATTN: Land Records Department
P.O. Box 71
Annapolis, Maryland 21404-0071

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The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is prohibited by law from rendering legal advice, restating the law or recommending specific ways to pursue legal action. Nothing on this web site is intended to advise anyone as to legal remedies for a particular circumstance.  
Although we cannot recommend a specific attorney, you may contact the Attorney Referral Service at 410-280-6961 or for certain types of cases use the Ask a Lawyer Service.