Lien Certificate FAQ

What is a City Lien?

A lien is a charge upon your real property for the satisfaction of debt arising by the statute of law. The lien is security against the real property for the ultimate payment of the debt.

How do I contact the Baltimore City Liens Unit?


Abel Wolman Municipal Building, Room 1
200 Holliday Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

By telephone410-396-3991

What are the hours of operation?

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

How do I obtain a Lien Certificate?

 An application for a Lien Certificate may be submitted online at Lien Certification. If you are unable to apply online, you may  print an application at Lien Application which you can hand deliver or mail to:

Abel Wolman Municipal Building
Bureau of Revenue Collections
200 Holliday Street, Room 1A
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

You must have your property address and block/lot for your Lien Application. The block and lot can be found on your Real Property Tax Bill, Water Bill, or online here. Please call 410-396-3991 if you have any problems or questions.

Is there a way for me to check online if I have any outstanding liens on my property? 

No, you must submit an application.

How long does it take to get a Lien Certificate back? 

Once you submit the Liens application, allow seven business days to receive the Lien Certificate.

After I receive a Lien Certificate, how long is it valid? 

A Lien Certificate is generally valid for 45 calendar days from the date listed on the Liens Certificate. However, any lien sheets that are ordered from May 16th through June 30th will be void on July 1st of any given year.

How much does it cost to obtain a Lien Certificate? 

The cost is $55.

Can we put a "rush" on a Lien Certificate?

No, to ensure fair and timely processing of lien search for all customers, special accommodations are not permitted.

How do I check on the status of a Lien Certificate?

The status of a lien sheet can be checked by calling 410-396-3991 or visiting the Liens Unit at 200 Holliday St., Room 1.

Do I need a Lien Certificate if my parents are deceased and the property goes to me?

Yes, if your parents did not have a life estate and the property is in estate distribution. No, if you are the person designated in the life estate.

Do I need a Lien Certificate if I'm transferring my property from me to my company, child, or spouse? 

Yes, if transferring to a company or coming out of the title and giving property to a child or spouse. No, if you're adding a child or spouse to the deed.

How do I obtain a copy of the Lien Certificate upon completion?

A completed Lien Certificate can be picked up or mailed to the address provided by the applicant.