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Instructions on how to perform a DOD Search for Rent Court in Maryland

11/13/18 11:18 PM Brian Wojcik landlord tenant law, Eviction Notice, Evictions

A critical and often overlooked step when filing a failure to pay rent action on their tenant in Rent Court in Maryland is the military service verification. If a copy of the completed DOD Military Service Verification is not included as part of the filing, its probable your case will be thrown out and the tenant will win. It shows the judge that the landlord has failed to meet minimum basic requirements. Below are instructions on how to do a single search lookup.

 How to obtain the military service verification certificate:

To best prepare your eviction failure-to-pay-rent case for each district court in Maryland, you’ll need to have your evidence, which includes the DOD military service certificate:

Verification using the link provided requires a Social Security Number to authoritatively assert the unique identity of an individual.Sometimes a Date of Birth is enough.If the Status Report returns a certificate with an alphanumeric Certificate ID (usually 15 digits), it’s authoritative.

Below are instructions on how to do this, it only takes a few minutes.

  1. Go to the following Website Link: Single Record Request
  2. Enter the Leaseholder Social Security Number OR Birth Date
  3. Enter the Leaseholder Last Name
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Download the PDF certificate document, attach the documents in the email response.
  6. Complete this for each tenant over 18 years of age that is named as financially responsible on lease. 

For Rent Court Manager users, the process is simple. If you are filing an individual case using our Filing Wizard, you will have an opportunity to upload the above mentioned document. 


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Brian Wojcik

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