By performing a Maryland criminal background check an employer can screen employees and potential employees on the basis of their criminal history. Maryland court records and convictions are public knowledge and can accessed through the Judiciary Case Search website. However, before an employer can perform a criminal background check or implement an adverse action as a result of a check, they must inform the employee of the planned action in writing. If they are using a third-party agency to perform the background check, they must also have the employee fill and sign a Background Check Authorization Form. For the following services and operations, a General Registration Form must be completed to register the employer (if they have not already) for the authorization for record checks:

  • Adult dependent care
  • Attorney at law
  • Child care
  • Criminal justice
  • Government employment (federal/state/local)
  • Government licensing/certification

Maryland law §14–1203 states that a consumer reporting agency cannot report any criminal information that is more than seven (7) years old, unless the report involves a credit transaction or life insurance policy of $50,000 or more, or involves the employment of an applicant whose annual salary is projected to be $20,000 or more.

CostGeneric Online Search: None For Government, Criminal Justice, or healthcare employees: $30 for complete background check, $28.75 for complete background check of childcare volunteers, $18 for State-only or attorney background checks, $17 for State-only background checks with Gold Seal, and $0 for Criminal Justice or pending case-related background checks. All background checks also include a mandatory $20 fingerprinting fee.

Laws – §14–1203

Step 1 – Access the Judiciary Case Search Website

Click here to navigate to the Judiciary Case Search webpage.

Step 2 – Agree With Terms and Conditions

Read through the terms and conditions and, if you agree with the terms, click the checkbox indicating this is the case. Click Continue to proceed.

Step 3 – Search By Name

Provide the following information to perform a search by name:

  • Subject’s full name (select exact match on last name if need be)
  • Party type
  • Case type
  • Court system
  • County
  • Filing date/exact date

When you are done, click Search to access your search results.

Step 4 – Search by Company

To search by company, select the “Company” radio button and supply the information listed below.

  • Company name
  • Party type
  • Case type
  • Court system
  • County
  • Filing date/exact date

Click Search to view the results of your search.

Step 5 – Search by Case Number

To perform a search by case number, provide the following information below “Search By Case Number” before clicking Get Case to continue:

  • Court type
  • Case number

Step 6 – Search Circuit Court Judgements by Name

Click the Circuit Court Judgments and Liens link at the top of the principal search page.

You will be directed to the form pictured below, enter the following information to search by name:

  • Subject’s full name (select exact match on last name if need be)
  • County
  • Filing date/exact date

Click Search to see your results.

Step 7 – Search Circuit Court Judgements by Company

Navigate to the first search page and click the Circuit Court Judgments and Liens link.

Select the “Company” radio button and supply the information listed below before clicking Search.

  • Company name
  • County
  • Filing date/exact date

Step 8 – Receive the Results of Your Search

After performing your search, the results will be displayed on the page you will be redirected to after clicking Search or Get Case. Click on a case number to view an individual case in detail.