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Obtaining the Deed to Your House

Have you received a letter offering to obtain a certified copy of the deed to your house? You should know how easy it is to obtain one yourself before you decide whether to pay a private company to do it for you.

Obtaining a Copy of your Deed  If your property is located in Montgomery County, you can order a copy of your deed by going to the  Land Records Department of the Clerk's Office in Montgomery County Circuit Court (50 Maryland Avenue, Room 212, Rockville, Maryland, 20850). They will give you the book and page number (liber and folio) to enable you to get copies from the Duplications Department. Copies are 50 cents a page (most deeds are about five pages) and if you need a certified copy, it is an additional $5.00 per document. To get additinal information, please contact them directly at 240.777.9470.

Maintaining Household Records  Visit the  Federal Citizen Information Center  (part of the U.S. General Services Administration) to read informati n on Managing Household Records .  This brochure provides tips on what records you should keep or discard.

Do I need to pay a service to monitor my deed?

Not necessarily. You can protect yourself by checking your property record from time to time. Maryland has its Land Records online. This is currently a free service if you apply for a user name and password (a valid email address is required). You should look for any unfamiliar deeds, liens or court filings.