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Filing for Bankruptcy in Maryland

You can file a petition for bankruptcy with the local U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland. Depending on where you live (or have assets), you may file in Greenbelt or Baltimore. Electronic Filing is also available. You must show:

  • you live in Maryland; or
  • you had a business or most of your assets in Maryland.

If you cannot show you live or had a business/assets in Maryland for the last 180 days, you can show you were in Maryland more than any other judicial district over the last 180 days.

If you are filing for a business bankruptcy, you can also file wherever a partner or affiliate of your business has already filed for bankruptcy. 28 U.S.C. § 1408(2)

Where to File in Maryland

If you live in Allegany, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's, or Washington Counties you file your petition with:
United States Bankruptcy Court
Federal Courthouse
6500 Cherrywood Lane, suite 300
Greenbelt, MD 20770
8:45 am - 4:00pm (Call to check if extended business hours are in effect)

If you live anywhere else in Maryland (e.g., Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, the Eastern Shore etc.) you file your petition with:
United States Bankruptcy Court
Garmatz Federal Courthouse
101 W. Lombard Street
Suite 8530
Baltimore, MD 21201
8:45 am - 4:00pm (Call to check if extended business hours are in effect)

Filing Fees

The court has a complete updated list of fees. Make cashier's check or money order payable to: U.S. Bankruptcy Court. (No personal checks or credit card payments from debtors are accepted.)
Paying over time - You may also pay your filing fee in up to 4 installments. However, you must make the final installment within 120 days after you file your bankruptcy petition.

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Updated by Jillian Chasen and Amy Hennen, Esq., Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

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