Circuit Court for Howard County, MD - Clerk's Office

COVID-19: Updated marriage license application to be used during the COVID-19 emergency. View application and instructions.

**You must apply for a marriage license in the county that your ceremony will be held**

Ceremony are not currently being performed by the Clerk of the Court.

Please complete (print clearly) the attached marriage license application and mail to:
                                Clerk of the Circuit Court for Howard County
                                Marriage Application
                                8360 Court Avenue
                                Ellicott City, MD 21043

Please included a copy of government issued identification for Party 1 and Party 2.

Return the completed and signed application and copies of identification along with a check or money order in the amount of $50.00 made payable to the “Clerk, Circuit Court for Howard County”.  Or place in drop box (only available Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m.–4:30 pm) at the entrance to the Circuit Court.

Please indicate where you would like the marriage license packet to be mailed.

Administrative Order Amending Use of Cell Phones, Other Electronic Devices, and Cameras
(effective May 1, 2018)


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.

View of Howard County Circuit Court

Courthouse photo courtesy
Maryland Manual Online

Welcome to the Howard County Courthouse and the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Clerk of the Court is a locally elected state official who occupies an integral position within the judicial branch of government, their duties and responsibilities are 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 the 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. Land deeds, mortgages, plats, conveyances and other documents are recorded and electronically maintained by the Clerk. The Clerk issues business licenses and marriage licenses in addition to performing civil marriage ceremonies. The Clerk administers oaths to notary publics, county officials, judges and appointees commissioned by the Governor. Every resident in Howard County is a potential recipient of the many services provided by the Clerk.

Please browse through our links for more information. If my office can be of any service, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask for our assistance.

Wayne A. Robey
Clerk of Court