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.
Effective, January 1st, 2018, County Transfer Tax and State Recordation Tax: $3.30 per $500.00, $6.60 per $1,000 (round up to the nearest $500) will be collected by the Harford County Government, Revenue Collections, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air, MD 21014. Any questions in reference to this County Transfer tax and State Recordation Tax contact 410-638-3269. Checks are payable to Harford County Revenue Department.

Currently the Harford County Circuit Court is closed to the public through July 17, reopening July 20 if there are no further changes to the current phase of the Judiciary reopening.

Land documents may be recorded by mail and Simplifile Electronic Recording, or by drop-off box available from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm M-F from the West Courtland Entrance. Recorded documents will be returned through US Mail, unless otherwise provided by the customer. Processing may take longer due to reduced staffing.

See https://mdcourts.gov/coronavirusupdate for more information on the closure status.


Surcharge

$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.

Please call the Clerk's Office with questions at 410-638-3474.

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 jriddell@simplifile.com to establish an account and to get information about fees for eRecording in addition to the applicable recording fee, surcharge and taxes.