Visiting the Clerk's Office

The Clerk's Office for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland is open to serve the public from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays). The Court is also open, by telephone, through after-hours Drop Boxes located in the lobbies of the Courthouses, and (for a limited time) through the Court's web-based pilot Electronic Document Submission System (EDSS) for parties without an attorney.

Important Information About Visiting the Clerk's Office

  • Payments are accepted in the form of money order, cashier's check, and cash. 

  • Documents to be filed should be completed in advance whenever possible, not at the time of your visit to the Clerk's office.

  • You can request copies of documents, including forms for filing. Public terminals are available for up to 30 minutes at a time.  The cost for printing is $0.10 per page if you print from the public terminals, or $0.50 per page if printed by the clerk's office. Please bring small bills or change to pay for copies; while we can make change, exact payments are appreciated.

Alternatives to Visiting the Clerk's Office

  • Electronic Document Submission System (EDSS)

    For a limited time, documents may be electronically submitted by self-represented parties using our pilot Electronic Document Submission System (EDSS). The COVID-19 national emergency ended and the Court has returned to normal operations.  The EDSS Pilot Program will end on July 1, 2023, and as of that date the Court will not accept filings by EDSS.  To see the Administrative Order rescinding the Pilot EDSS, please click here.

  • Drop Boxes

    A physical drop box is available for case filings and payments at the entrance to each courthouse where self-represented parties may deposit and date-stamp papers, Monday through Friday, from 4:00 p.m. until midnight in Baltimore and from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Greenbelt. Payments in the form of money order or cashier's check can be placed in the drop box and will be processed within 48 business hours.

  • Electronic Self Representation (eSR)

    eSR is an online tool to help individuals complete a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition when they have decided to file bankruptcy without an attorney.  This tool is not available for chapter 13 petitions.  To learn more, click here.

  • Electronic Payments via

    Visit the filing fees page for instructions to pay electronically.

  • Telephone Services

    The Clerk's Office is available to answer general procedural questions during normal business hours which are, Monday – Friday from 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. (excluding federal holidays). The general number for Baltimore is 410-962-2688. The general number for Greenbelt is 301-344-8018.

  • For additional after hours information, view this document: AfterHours2021.pdf.