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Transfer and Recordation Section

400 Washington Avenue, Room 150
Towson, Maryland 21204-4665
Fax: 410-887-3882

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Mission: The Transfer and Recordation Section is responsible for reviewing all Deeds and other property related documents prior to a document being finalized and recorded by the Land Records Office of the Circuit Court. The section attempts to insure accuracy and completeness in all transaction and to ascertain and collect all transfer and recordation taxes due Baltimore County.

Important Tips and Information from the Transfer and Recordation Section

  • All deeds and other property related documents must be accompanied by a completed Maryland State Intake Sheet

  • A deed which changes or transfers ownership of property must be accompanied by a lien certificate (PDF). A deed submitted to the Transfer and Recordation Section without a lien certificate will not be processed.

  • All deeds with agricultural use and partial transfer deeds must initially be approved by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation located at 300 E. Joppa Road, Room 602, Towson, Maryland 21204.

  • Tax Rates
    Baltimore County Transfer Tax Rate………………..1.5% of consideration
    State Recordation ………………………………… $2.50 each $500 (or fraction thereof) of the consideration noted or for an instrument of writing securing a debt or the principal amount of the debt secured.

  • Checks are to be made payable to: Baltimore County MD. All documents and payment should be mailed to: Office of Budget and Finance, Transfer and Recordation Section
    400 Washington Avenue, Room 154, Towson, Maryland 21204

For legal references, please see:

Article 10, Title 1, Deeds, Baltimore County Code, 2003

Article 11, Title 3, Recordation and Transfer Taxes, Baltimore County Code, 2003

             Annotated Code of Maryland, Tax-Property Article, §12-101-118

For information concerning State Transfer Tax and Recording Fees, please contact the Baltimore County Circuit Court, Land Records office, 410-887-3088.

Revised February 10, 2014

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