Office of Consumer Protection
The Office of Consumer Protection is a division of the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services. Whether we are mediating disputes, taking enforcement action or providing tips on how to avoid scams or make smart purchasing decisions, we are helping to protect Howard County's consumers.


New Law Enhances Tools for Preventing Identity Theft

One of the best ways to protect your identity is to protect the information contained in your credit reports. A new Federal law goes into effect on September 21, 2018, that enhances credit freeze and fraud alert protections. Learn more.



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Howard County Consumer Protection

9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

410-313-6420 (voice/relay)

410-313-6453 (fax)

consumer@howardcountymd.gov