Welcome to the Clerk’s Office
of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Maryland
Heather S. DeWees, Clerk
Circuit Court for Carroll County, MD
RETURN TO PHASE III COVID-19 UPDATE: December 29, 2021 – February 8, 2022
Beginning Wednesday, December 29, 2021, the Maryland Judiciary is moving back to Phase III of its reopening plan to combat the recent surge of COVID-19 cases resulting from the Omicron variant. This interim plan will last through February 8, 2022, pending further order. Phase III consists of the following:
Jury Trials have been suspended through February 8, 2022 and will not be held until the Maryland Judiciary returns to Phase V. All jury trials scheduled between December 29, 2021 and February 8, 2022 will be rescheduled.
The Circuit Court will hear specific case types remotely or in-person. If you are unsure whether your case will be heard remotely or in-person, please call your attorney, the State’s Attorney’s Office or the Circuit Court Assignment Office at 410-386-2715.
The Carroll County CLERK’S OFFICE remains open to the public:
Customers who wish to make an appointment may continue to do so. Please call the following numbers to schedule an appointment:
- Land Records & Licensing Department, please call 410-386-8760
(Business Licenses, Marriage Licenses, Notary, Civil Wedding Ceremonies, Public Office or Governor Appointment Oaths, & Land Records customers)
- All other customers: 410-386-8720
Per the Carroll County Administrative Judge’s Order, a face mask* is required for all employees or visitors regardless of vaccination status in the Carroll County Circuit Court and the Carroll County Clerk’s Office. . *Face masks must completely cover the nose, mouth & chin and it cannot have vents.
Those entering the courthouse will be subject to a temperature check, subject to COVID-19 symptom screening questions and required to maintain social distancing
Jury Duty information for the Carroll County Circuit Court:
- Unlike some other Maryland counties, the Carroll County Clerk’s Office does NOT manage jury duty. Please call the Jury Commissioner’s Office at 410-386-2093 for all jury questions, requests, and requirements.
Virtual Courtroom information can be found here:
The Carroll County Clerk’s Office Announcements:
- NEW LINK: Maryland Secretary of State Notary Course of Study and Examination Provider Information
- NEW LINK: Carroll County Clerk's Office DD-214 Information for Veterans & current members of the U.S. Military
- Carroll County Clerk's Office updated COVID Marriage Ceremony Information:
- The INDOOR Marriage Ceremony room is now OPEN for couples wishing to be married in the Carroll County Circuit Courthouse.
- The guest limit for an INDOOR wedding ceremony has been lifted: 10-12 guests are now permitted in the Ceremony Room.
- A Circuit Court Marriage Ceremony may still be performed OUTDOORS in the rear Courtyard at the request of the couple and weather permitting.
- Appointments are still REQUIRED for any couple who is applying for a Marriage License in Carroll County, MD.
- Appointments are still REQUIRED for any couple wishing to be married in the Carroll County Circuit Courthouse.
- Please call 410-386-8760 to schedule a Marriage License or a Marriage Ceremony appointment.
- Face masks are NO longer required for OUTDOOR ceremonies and INDOOR ceremonies do not require a face mask if the couple and guests are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
- INDOOR marriage ceremonies REQUIRE face masks for the couple and guests if they are NOT fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
- Please call 410-386-8760 if you have questions about a marriage license or marriage ceremony.
- Carroll County 2021 Business License Renewal Tips:
- Sign the bottom left corner of the application so that it may be processed
- Include a signed & dated check or money order made payable to: Heather S. DeWees, Clerk
- Place in CLERK'S OFFICE DROP BOX or mail to: Carroll County Clerk's Office, 55 North Court Street, Westminster, MD 21158.
- Please call 410-386-8760 if you have questions or need to update your business address.
- Important Emails for the Public:
- Important Links for the Public:
- Carroll County Circuit Court Jury Trial Procedures Effective April 26, 2021
- ADA Access
Those with Disability Placards may enter the front entrance or rear entrance of the Carroll County Circuit Courthouse Annex.
NEW: Maryland Courts Accommodation Information and Request Form (Any person with a disability who has business in a Maryland court can request an accommodation. This includes litigants, lawyers, defendants, witnesses, potential jurors, and other members of the public using court services)
- BUSINESS License Information
NEW: Carroll County Clerk's Office Brochure & Links for 'Obtaining a Business License'
- COPY REQUEST Information
Carroll County Clerk’s Office Copy Request Form (To request COPIES & CERTIFIED COPIES of Carroll County Circuit Court Cases, their specific contents or any other filing with Carroll County Clerk’s Office)
- EXPUNGEMENT information
Carroll County Clerk’s Office Expungement Information
- FEE information
Carroll County Circuit Court Costs Information
- MARRIAGE License and Marriage Certificate Information
For those Carroll County residents who wish to be married within the next 6 months, please call 410-386-8760 or email CarrollCountyMarriageLicenses@mdcourts.gov to make an appointment for a marriage license.
For those who are Non-Residents of Carroll County who wish to be marry in Carroll County within the next 6 months, please read the Non-Resident Marriage Application directions and fill out the following NON-Resident Marriage License Application at the following link: NON-Resident Marriage License Application
For those who were married in Carroll County and wish to obtain a copy of their Marriage Certificate, please go to the following link: Carroll County Clerk’s Office Marriage Certificate Copy Request Form
- Maryland Judiciary CASE SEARCH: http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/casesearch/ (This website provides public access to the case records of the Maryland Judiciary. Access is governed by Maryland Rules on Access to Court Records and the Clerk’s Office is NOT responsible for its contents)
- Narcotic Sentencing Policy Information
Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy for felony narcotics/hallucinogen offenses in Circuit Court
- Orders on COVID-19 policies
Third Amended Administrative Order Expanding Statewide Judiciary Operations in Light of the COVID-19 Emergency
Ninth Administrative Order Clarifying COVID-19 Health Measures in Courthouses and Judicial Branch Facilities
Fourth Amended Administrative Order on Lifting the Statewide Suspension of Jury Trials and Maintaining Grand Juries
Tenth Amended Administrative Order on the Suspension During the COVID-19 Emergency of Foreclosures, Evictions, and Other Ejectments Involving Residences
- QUARANTINE APPEAL Information
Carroll County Quarantine / Isolation Appeal Information
- RESOURCE PACKET
Carroll County Clerk’s Office Customer Resource Packet (FREE & USEFUL information to assist Clerk’s Office Customers)
- UPDATES ON COVID-19 for the Maryland Judiciary
- Important SCAM NOTICES for the Public: If you believe you are the victim of a court scam, please call 410-386-8710 to report the scam to the Clerk of Court.
- *NEW* TELEPHONE “COVID LOCATION STAY ORDER” SCAM: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for the Carroll County Circuit Court, tells the person that he or she is being served with a COVID location stay order and risks being charged with contempt if he or she does not answer the caller’s questions. The caller then claims to need the person’s information such as name, address, birth date, zip code, social security number and a bank account number to verify the person’s identity and serve him or her with the order. This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland Courts DO NOT call citizens and ask for their identity information or bank account information. This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland Courts DO NOT call citizens and ask for their identity information or bank account information.
- TELEPHONE “SUBPOENA” SCAM: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for a court, tells the person that he or she is being served with a subpoena and risks being charged with contempt if he or she does not answer the caller’s questions. The caller then claims to need the person’s information such as name, address, zip code, social security number and a bank account number to verify the person’s identity and serve him or her with the subpoena. This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland Courts DO NOT call citizens and ask for their identity information or bank account information.
- TELEPHONE “FEDERAL HEALTH SERVICES GRANT” SCAM: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for a court or the Clerk’s Office, tells the person that he or she is eligible for a Federal Grant ($10,000, $5,000 or $1,000) if they answer questions on the Health Services Grant Form. The caller then claims to need the person’s information such as name, address, zip code, social security number and a bank account number to submit the Form to the Federal Government This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland Courts DO NOT call citizens and ask for their identity information or bank account information. The Carroll County Clerk’s Office is a state office NOT a federal office and it does not issue any federal grants to individuals.
- TELEPHONE “CLERK'S OFFICE PAYMENT” SCAM: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for a court or the Clerk's Office, and tells the person he or she can pay their court fees by credit card. This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland courts do not call citizens to get payment over the phone and the Carroll County Clerk’s Office does NOT ACCEPT credit card payment over the phone. We do accept credit card as a form of payment in the office with proper identification.
- TELEPHONE “JURY DUTY” SCAM: In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for a court, tells the person he or she has been charged with contempt for not reporting for jury duty, refers to a judge by name, and demands payment over the phone, typically with a pre-paid card.
This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland courts do not call citizens to get payment over the phone for a fine for missing jury duty.
- Circuit Court Information:
- Carroll County Circuit Court Phase IV Guidelines: Phase IV Re-opening Plan
- As of March 15, 2021, The Carroll County Circuit Court will begin to hear more cases IN PERSON. Some matters will still be heard remotely. The Assignment Office or the Judge’s Chambers will contact parties as needed.
- Self-represented individuals may MAIL filings to the Clerk’s Office at 55 North Court Street, Westminster, MD 21157 or place in the Clerk’s Office DROP BOX available at the Circuit Court Annex front entrance on North Court Street.
- For questions on Circuit Court cases or filings, please email: CarrollCircuitCourtClerksOffice@mdcourts.gov.
- For payments of court fees, please make checks or money orders payable to: Heather S. DeWees, Clerk. Please click here for the updated Check Policy.
- Expungement Information:
- Please click here for information on how to file an expungement in Carroll County (when information about a criminal offense is removed from court and law enforcement records, including Maryland Judiciary Case Search).
- Family Law Information:
- FREE Carroll County Family Law PUBLIC SEMINARS are now being offered on the 1st Wednesday of each month. There is NO income limitations for this seminar. To register please email email@example.com or call 410-386-2751
(A resource book is provided. The 1st half of the seminar is about child visitation & child support and the 2nd half is about divorce. No childcare is provided.) For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-386-2751)
- FREE Carroll County FAMILY LAW LEGAL ADVICE CLINICS are offered BY PHONE to those with a low income on Wednesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm & Thursdays 9:00am-Noon. Please call 410-386-2751 for this FREE limited legal advice opportunity.
- Clinics and Seminars ONLY provide advice and do NOT provide court representation. They are first come first serve and subject to change due to availability of an attorney.
- Jury Information:
- Jury trials will begin April 26, 2021 as the Maryland Judiciary will move to Phase 5 of the Maryland Courts Reopening Plan.
- Jury service notifications are being sent out to those selected to serve.
- Grand Jury is back to full operation and jury service notifications are being sent out to those selected to serve.
- Please call the Jury Commissioner at 410-386-2093 then press "0" if you have questions regarding Jury Service.
- The Carroll County Clerk’s Office does NOT handle Jury Selection and cannot answer jury selection questions.
- Carroll County Register of Wills Information:
- Unlike other states such as West Virginia, the Carroll County Clerk’s Office does NOT manage protection and executions of wills. The purpose of the Register of Wills and the Orphans’ Court is to offer protection for the decedent, the heirs, the legatees, the creditors and the State of Maryland. Please call the Carroll County Register of Wills Office at 410-848-2586 or email CarrollCountyROW@registers.maryland.gov for all questions regarding such matters. You can also visit the website at: http://registers.maryland.gov/main/carroll.html.
- Marriage Information:
- Marriage licenses are being issued by MAIL, DROP BOX located at the front entrance of the Circuit Courthouse Annex and in the Land Records Office by appointment ONLY to those planning to marry in Carroll County. Questions should be emailed to: CarrollCountyMarriageLicenses@mdcourts.gov.
- Click here for updated COVID-19 marriage application and instructions. This application will continued to be used until the end of the pandemic.
- As of June 1, 2021, Civil Wedding Ceremonies can be conducted INDOORS with 10-12 guests.
- Ceremonies can be conducted OUTDOORS if parties have more guests and weather is permitting. Questions should be emailed to: CarrollCountyMarriageLicenses@mdcourts.gov.
- Ceremonies must be scheduled by appointment ONLY. For an appointment, please call 410-386-8760.
- For marriage license or ceremony payments, please make checks or money orders payable to: Heather S. DeWees, Clerk. Please click here for the updated Check Policy.
- Notary Information:
- All Notary Public applications and renewals are being processed by appointment ONLY. Please call 410-386-8760 or email LandRec.Carroll@mdcourts.gov to schedule an appointment.
- For Notary payments, please make checks or money orders payable to: Heather S. DeWees, Clerk. Please click here for the updated Check Policy.
- Public Computer Terminal Access:
- Access to the Public Computers on the 2nd Floor Civil, Criminal, Family & Civil Departments is open to the public.
- Access to the Public Computers on the Ground Floor Land Records & Licensing Department is open to the public.
- Computer use is limited to 30 minutes per customer.
- Customers may still make an appointment by calling 410-386-8720 for 2nd floor and 410-386-8760 for Ground Floor Public Terminals.
- Walk-In Customers:
- Walk-in Customers are welcome in the Clerk’s Office and no longer need an appointment. Appointments are still required for Notaries, Marriage License Applicants and a Marriage Ceremony.
- Office of Legislative Audits (OLA) Fraud Hotline:
In effort to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse of State resources, there is a FRAUD HOTLINE established by the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits (OLA) for those to report fraud in Maryland State Government.
Carroll County Clerk’s Office COVID-19 Information as of December 29, 2021:
All Clerk’s Office customers:
- are required to wear a face mask when inside the Circuit Courthouse regardless of vaccination status.
- will have their temperature checked by the bailiffs upon entry into the courthouse, will be asked if they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be asked additional COVID-19 screening questions. (Patrons can enter the courthouse if their temperature is 100.4 or lower.)
- can visit the Clerk’s Office WITHOUT an appointment (Marriage License, Marriage Ceremony and Notary customers are the exception).
- are encouraged to e-file, use the Clerk’s Office Drop Box in front of the Circuit Courthouse Annex or mail in filings.
- can pay with check or money order payable to: Heather S. DeWees, Clerk (Cash and credit card payments are ONLY accepted at the Clerk’s Office counter. Please do NOT mail cash and do NOT place cash in the Drop Box.)
- can obtain a date stamped copy of a filing that is mailed or placed in the Clerk’s Office Drop Box at the front of the Circuit Courthouse Annex by providing an additional copy or copies of the filing, instructions and a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Thank you for your understanding.
Heather S. DeWees
Clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll County, MD
Rich in the tradition and history of Maryland, the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court is one of the oldest public institutions in the state.
Welcome to the Carroll County Courthouse and the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a public institution of importance that dates back to the very beginning of the Province of Maryland in St. Mary’s County.
The Clerk provides invaluable service to both the Court and to the Maryland public. The Clerk of the Court was, and still is, responsible for recording the proceedings of the Court; for recording deeds, conveyances and other papers; and for preserving the records of the Court. Since 1777, the Clerk has been authorized to issue marriage licenses and other licenses required by law.
The Clerk’s responsibilities were clearly defined and delineated in the Maryland Constitution of 1867. As a prescribed and constituted commission of the State Government the Clerk eventually evolved from an appointed to an elected office. The Clerk is a locally elected State official who occupies an integral position within the Judicial Branch of Government.
Courtesy of MD Manual Online
The title of Clerk misrepresents the substantial responsibilities and prestige attached to this office within the judiciary. The Clerk’s office is responsible for a variety of functions often requiring involved processes prescribed by the law. The strict nature of the work demands the consistent accuracy and productivity of all employees in each assignment. Whether it is the recording of a deed, the docketing of a case or any of the multiple functions performed by the Clerk’s office, each activity directly affects individuals within the community.
The Clerk is ultimately responsible for the actions of his or her employees, and is directly accountable to not only the judiciary but to the electorate for the performance of his or her office.
Clerk Heather S. DeWees being given the oath of office
As you can see, the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a very busy place. I am very proud of the employees in my office and the work we do. I am also extremely proud and blessed to serve the citizens of Carroll County.
Please browse through the available links to the left for more information. If my office or I can be of more assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME IN THE CLERK’S OFFICE.
Heather S. DeWees, Clerk