Howard County Recordation Tax Office Procedures
The following procedures which will be followed by our Department:
 
  • The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • In addition to utilizing the Cashier Area to pay for a Statement of County Obligations Application those transactions may be conducted at the Recordation and Transfer Tax Office as long as the payment is made by check payable to “Howard County Director of Finance.” Cash payments must be made in the Cashiers Area.    
  • All payments of Recordation Tax and Transfer Tax should be in the form of a check made payable to “Howard County Director of Finance.”  All payments of Recordation Tax and Transfer Tax should be in the form of a check made payable to “Howard County Director of Finance.” 
  • Payment of any property taxes and water and sewer fees due will still be collected ONLY in the Cashier Area and should not be included in the same check as the Recordation Tax. The Cashiers are unable to accept Recordation Tax and Transfer Tax payment and the Recordation & Transfer Tax Office cannot accept property tax or water and sewer payments. 
  • Checks in payment of state transfer taxes and recording fees should be made payable to “Clerk of the Court” and must accompany the deed to Land Records.  
  • We will strive to serve each customer submitting 5 documents or less with express service. Any document in excess of 5 must be dropped off and picked up at a later time. See Express Service Policy
  • Documents submitted in bulk and/or via mail will be reviewed as quickly as possible. We will notify you when they are complete and will strive for a maximum turn-around time of 24 hours. We will guarantee a maximum turn-around time of 48 hours. To facilitate processing, all drop-offs or mail-ins are required to be accompanied by a completed Document Tracking Sheet. One sheet should be utilized for each transaction. See Document Tracking Sheet
  • Documents submitted via Simplifile will be processed as so