Appointments are strongly advised for most matters. Please see our phone list to contact us.
CLERK’S OFFICE SERVICES: Effective March 15, 2021, the courts will begin Phase IV of the reopening plan. We are allowing customers in the courthouse, but highly encourage that you make an appointment. The number of people allowed in the building at one time is limited (due to the need for social distancing). We are also able to provide many services outside. We are encouraging you to utilize the drop box in front of the courthouse whenever possible.
Documents to be filed or recorded:
MDEC or Simplifile registered users should continue to submit pleadings and land record documents as normal. Pleadings and documents are also accepted by mail at the following address: Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, 175 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. For emergency matters, such as Domestic Violence or Emergency Custody, please call (410) 535-1600 ext. 2261 during business hours or (443) 550-6700 after business hours for further information.
For your convenience, we are also temporarily accepting deeds and other land documents for recording and circuit court case pleadings via a drop box. It is located at the front of the courthouse, along the sidewalk, and labeled 'Clerk of the Circuit Court'. Please place all documents and any checks in a secure envelope before placing them in the drop box. On the outside of the envelope please indicate the following information:
Type of Instrument or Document (for example, Deed, Deed of Trust, Motion, or Tax Bill)
Your Name or Company
Your contact information - phone number and/or email.
The Calvert County Government remains closed to the public. If a customer has a deed/deeds to record, they need to be placed in the Treasurer’s drop box in front of the courthouse. You will not be able to walk deeds through at this point in time.
Land: The public may search land record documents by registering at https://mdlandrec.net/main
and land plats at http://plats.net/pages/index.aspx
Case Records: The public may also search court records at http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/casesearch
Marriage Licenses and Ceremonies:
We are performing marriage ceremonies in the courthouse Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. At this point in time, only the couple being married will be allowed in the courthouse. Weather permitting, we can perform ceremonies outside. We can allow up to 8 guests for ceremonies performed outside. Please note: if the weather is poor, we will not allow the guests inside the courthouse for the ceremony.
For information on Marriage Applications, please go to https://www.mdcourts.gov/clerks/calvert/marriagelicense
One person in the wedding party can make an appointment to come inside the courthouse to apply.
For up to date information on marriage ceremonies, please call (410) 535-1600 ext. 2264.
By order of the Governor, all deadlines for licenses have been tolled until 30 days after the State of Emergency is lifted. You may still submit business license renewals by mail or by using the drop box. We will return the license to you by mail.
If there are any outstanding tax issues restricting us from issuing the license, you must contact the Office of the Comptroller at the number indicated in your renewal packet. We cannot issue the license until any restrictions have been lifted in our license system by the Comptroller.
For new business applications, you may start the process on line at https://jportal.mdcourts.gov/license/index_disclaimer.jsp , print, sign and mail the application to the Clerk’s Office with payment. We will inter-office your application to the appropriate offices for approvals. Once all the approvals have been obtained, we will mail the license back to you.
Oaths of Office:
At this time, we are administering the oath of office to notaries and other appointees both inside and outside the Courthouse. While an appointment in not required, it is highly encouraged. Please call (410) 535-1600 ext. 2264 to set up an appointment. Social distancing guidelines must be followed. Masks must be worn at all times. You will be subject to a temperature check.
The Courthouse is closed to the general public with few exceptions. If you have an upcoming court case, please note that the Court is reviewing all dockets and will be hearing certain matters in compliance with the Administrative Order on the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciary Operations. The Administrative Order detailing the five phases for courthouse reopening can be found at https://www.mdcourts.gov/sites/default/files/admin-orders/20200522progressiveresumptionoffullfunctionofjudiciaryoperations.pdf
In compliance with the Administrative Order and upon direction of the Court, the Assignment Office is contacting parties with any updated information as to whether a previously scheduled case will be heard or rescheduled. If you have not heard anything within a day of your hearing, please check case search and/or call the Assignment Office at 410-535-1600 ext. 2372 and 2315 for further information. The Clerk’s Office will not have any additional information.
Welcome to the Calvert County Courthouse and the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court. Rich in the tradition and history of Maryland, the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is one of the oldest public institutions in the State. 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, adoption, paternity, criminal and juvenile actions. The Clerk's office records land deeds, mortgages, plats, conveyances and other precious documents. The Clerk administers oaths to County officials, Judges and gubernatorial appointees, issues business and marriage licenses and performs civil wedding ceremonies. The Clerk also commissions Notary Publics.
As you can see, the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court is a busy place. I'm very proud of the work we do, and hope the above facts acquaint you with the many services provided by the Clerk here in Calvert County.
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.
Kathy P. Smith, Clerk