Recordation Tax Office



The County Transfer Tax rate will change to 1.25% on July 1, 2020.  Please ensure that complete and error-free purchase transaction documents reach the Recordation and Transfer Tax Office in sufficient time for processing. The earlier documents are received by the Office the better chance for a successful validation. As a courtesy, the Recordation and Transfer Tax Office will accept and process purchase transaction documents through Simplifile until 6:30pm on June 30th. All documents entered into Simplifile after 6:30pm will be recorded as  7/1/2020 transactions. The new transfer tax rate will apply and payment of 2020 property taxes is required.  

The Recordation and Transfer Tax Office will accept and process purchase transaction documents at 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043 from 2:00pm-5:00pm on June 29th and 3:00pm-7:00pm on June 30th. Contact the Recordation and Transfer Tax Office on those days at 410-313-2389 prior to drop off for instructions. A completed drop-off sheet, which can be downloaded here, is required to be submitted with document packages.

Validated documents will be couriered to Land Records on July 1.  Rejected documents will be mailed back to the submitter. Any document received after the set time limits, including rejections, will be subject to the new transfer tax rate and the payment of 2020 property taxes.


The Statement of County Obligations should now be ordered online. The cost of $50.00 may be paid by credit card, debit card or e-check.

The application may be found at

Disclaimer: Govolution charges a convenience fee of $1.50 for e-check transactions, $3.95 for VISA Consumer Debit transactions, 2.45% for all other debit and credit card transactions.   These are automatically added during your transaction. Payment by credit card does not give Howard County Government access to your credit card number. That information is retained strictly by Govolution.  Govolution takes full advantage of internet security in the handling of your credit card information.

For any questions please contact the Recordation Tax Office at 410-313-2389.

Pursuant to House Bill 1405, The Howard County Department of Finance will begin the collection of the County portion of Transfer Tax on Monday, July 1, 2019.

This will require the payment of the County portion of Transfer Tax directly to the Howard County Director of Finance, rather than to the Clerk of the Court for Howard County. 

For any questions regarding Transfer Tax please call the Tax Recordation Office at 410-313-2389.

The Howard County Director of Finance is the collector of the Recordation Tax & County Transfer Tax imposed on all documents recorded in the Howard County Land Records pursuant to the Howard County Code Section 11.101. State Transfer taxes (Maryland and Howard County) and recording fees are collected by the Clerk of the Court.

County collection of Recordation & County Transfer Tax and the stamping of deeds for satisfaction of county obligations will be conducted at:

Department of Finance
Recordation Tax Office
George Howard Building
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043 

The cost of a Statement of County Obligations is $50.00 made payable to the Director of Finance. Recordation Tax is computed at the rate of $2.50 per $500 of consideration (or any part thereof, rounding up to the next $500.00). County Transfer Tax rate is 1% of consideration. 

Information regarding the routing of documents and payments required to record in Howard County.

To receive any future updates to these procedures please contact the Recordation Tax Office at 410-313-2389 or via email at to remain on our contact list.

Howard County Recordation Tax Office Procedures

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