Maryland Quit Claim Deed Form
The Maryland Quit Claim Deed is a form that is used by two (2) parties to transfer interest (the “rights”) to property. The entity transferring the property is known as the “Grantor”, whereas the party receiving the property is known as the “Grantee”. There can be more than one (1) Grantor and Grantee depending on the number of people that have interest in the property.
The main differentiating factor between a quit claim deed versus a warranty deed is that there are no guarantees that the property’s title is free from loans, other persons with interest, or other encumbrances. However, at the cost of not providing warranties, the quit claim deed is easier to complete, cheaper to use, and faster to complete. Because the document offers no protections for the Grantee(s), it is often an attractive option for families and divorced couples.
Formatting (§ 3-104(e)): The deed must be compliant with the following formatting guidelines:
- Any printed text must be in black letters in eight-point type (at minimum),
- Any typewritten text must be in black letters, in elite type (at minimum), and
- The paper used must be white and be “of sufficient weight or thickness as to be clearly readable.”
Names (§ 3-104(5)(d)): The form must have the names, either typed or printed, of each person who signs it directly above or below their signature.
Certification (§ 3-104(f)(1)): In order for the form to be duly recorded, it must contain one (1) of the following:
- Certification by a party named in the deed (typically the Grantor) that the instrument was prepared by them, OR
- Certification from a Maryland attorney that the Deed was prepared by them or under their supervision.
Signing Requirements (§ 3-104(f)): The form must be signed by the Grantor and certified by a Notary Public.
Land Intake sheet: A completed intake sheet must accompany the deed when it is presented to the Clerk of the Circuit Court for recording. Download: Maryland Land Intake Sheet (Form AOC-CC-300).pdf
County-specific Requirements (§ 3-104(f)(2)(3)(4)(5)): County-specific requirements must be upheld if the property is recorded in Frederick County, Prince George’s County, Talbot County, or the County Commissioners of Worcester County’s boundaries (as defined by its sanitary districts).
How to File
Once completed, the deed must be submitted with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the jurisdiction the property is situated. If the property is situated in more than one county, recordings will need to take place in all applicable counties.
The party filing the form should be aware that certain filing fees will apply. They should also be mindful that the deed will need to be filed alongside a Land Intake Sheet (above).