Remote Hearing Procedures | Self-Help Center Information
On Monday, August 31, the Maryland Judiciary moved into Phase 4 of it’s reopening plan. During Phase 4, Maryland’s circuit courts and the District Court of Maryland have resumed statewide non-jury trials and contested hearings in civil, family, and juvenile cases. For the protection of our customers and staff, the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will be operating on an appointment basis for most essential functions.
The use of MDEC, Simplefile, drop boxes and regular mail will continue to be utilized for case filings and recordings as they have been since the beginning of the closure. Marriage license applications will be handled via email, and ceremonies will be performed outside of the courthouse by appointment only, along with Notary Commissions. Certified copies and record requests will continue to be processed via email, regular mail and by telephone. Record room searches will be scheduled by appointment in increments of two hours each, per day, limiting appointments to two people at a time.
Please call the department needed at the specified number listed below for assistance.
Civil: (301) 600-2969
Criminal: (301) 600-1932
Family/Child Support: (301) 600-1977
Jury Duty: (301) 600-1979
Juvenile: (301) 600-1968
Land Recording/Licensing: (301) 600-1965
Records Room: (301) 600-1957
For information regarding the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the daily operation of the Maryland Judiciary, please visit https://mdcourts.gov/coronavirusupdate
Maryland Clerks of Circuit Courts begin remote processing of marriage licenses during COVID-19
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FREDERICK COUNTY MARRIAGE LICENSES DURING COVID-19
If you are having a marriage ceremony in Frederick County, please complete the following application. The fee for a marriage license in Frederick County is $75.00. We are currently accepting marriage license applications by first class mail, courthouse drop box, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptable forms of payment for applications submitted by mail or drop box are bank certified checks or money orders. Personal checks will not be accepted. Applications submitted by email must be paid by credit card. Upon receipt, and review, of emailed applications, you will be contacted by a member of our staff to process your credit card transaction. We currently accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover. Only submit your application by email if you plan to pay with a credit card. If you have any questions regarding the license process for Frederick County, please call 301-600-1965.
Frederick County Marriage License Instructions & Application - Executive Order
NOTICE REGARDING NOTARY PUBLIC COMMISSIONS DUE TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY
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.
You can check your status as a juror or report any suspicious jury duty telephone calls by contacting your Circuit Court jury office. Contact information for courts is available on the Maryland Judiciary website, www.mdcourts.gov
, and click on “Locate a Maryland Court
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 Frederick County Courthouse and the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Clerk of the Court is a locally elected State official with the responsibilities established and regulated by the laws of Maryland and the Rules of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Since 1658, the office of Clerk of Court has provided the citizens of Maryland with a variety of essential services. The revenue collected by the clerks for these services is distributed to city, county, and state governments.
Each year the Clerk's office files, processes and maintains civil, criminal and juvenile actions. The Clerk's office records land deeds, mortgages, plats, conveyances and other precious documents. The Clerk administers oaths of office to Notaries Public, County officials, Judges and Governor appointees. The Clerk also issues business and marriage licenses and performs civil marriage ceremonies.
As you can see, the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court is a busy place. I'm very proud of my staff and the work we do, and hope the above facts acquaint you with the many services provided by the Clerk here in Frederick County.
Please browse through our links for more information. If my office can be of any service, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.