Land Records

NOTICE: Please note that Chapter 538 from the 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly provides that the current $40 surcharge on recordable instruments recorded among the land records and financing statement records will continue on and after July 1, 2020. For more information, see page 15 through 16 here.
County Transfer Tax and State Recordation Tax are collected by the Harford County Government, Revenue Collections, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air, MD 21014. Any questions in reference to the County Transfer tax and State Recordation Tax contact 410-638-3269. Checks are payable to Harford County Revenue Department.

Beginning April 26th, the Land Record Desk will begin accepting walk-in recordings again. Customers will be limited to 5 documents/sets per individual or company. No takebacks or instant recording. Recording hours will be 8:30 to 3:30 pm. Electronic recording, mail and drop-off box continue to be available for recording land documents.

Mail document(s) to Land Record Department, 20 West Courtland Street, Bel Air, MD 21014. Simplifile Electronic Recording is available for electronic recording (See below for a link to register and types of documents permitted). The Land Record drop-off box is available from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday at the 20 West Courtland Street entrance. Recorded documents will be returned through US Mail, unless otherwise provided by the customer.

Plats are recorded on Wednesdays and Fridays. Beginning April 26, plat(s) must be recorded in person. Only one surveyor permitted. Coordination with Harford County Planning and Zoning is required for recording. Any plat presented for recording must be received by 11am to be recorded same day. If the surveyor does not arrive for the recording, the plat(s) will stay with Harford County Planning and Zoning.

See for more information on Maryland Judiciary Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates.


$40.00 surcharge fee applies for all documents except for Notice of Sale, Power of Attorney, Certificate of Affixation or documents filed in Homeowner’s Association Depository.

Recording Fees (add to surcharge)

$10.00 recording fee for releases nine (9) pages or less in length.

$20.00 recording fee for a Termination statement of Financing Record.

$20.00 recording fee for all other instruments nine (9) pages or less in length or for any instrument over nine (9) pages in length if it involves solely a principal residence.

$75.00 recording fee for all instruments ten (10) pages or more in length that are not principal residence.

$15.00 recording fee for a Request for Notice of Sale (Foreclosure) no surcharge

Additional fees (taxes) for Deeds (add to surcharge and recording fees)

State Transfer Tax is collected by Harford County Circuit Court. State transfer is .50 % of the purchase price or .25% of the purchase price for first time Maryland home buyers purchasing a principal place of residence.

Maryland Comptroller Income Tax Withholding for Non-Resident Sale of Real Property (if applicable) is collected by Harford County Circuit Court.

Recording fees and state transfer taxes may be paid by check (payable to Clerk of Court), cash or MasterCard/Visa.

Copy Costs

$.50 copy cost per page and $5.00 additional fee for certified copies. 

eRecording - Electronic Recording

Documents can be recorded online through Simplifile. Contact John Riddell at 801-223-1031 or to establish an account and to get information about fees for eRecording in addition to the applicable recording fee, surcharge and taxes.