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MD Vehicle Registration Summary

On our Maryland Vehicle Registration page, you’ll find information about how to register a vehicle with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), car registration for new Maryland residents, MD registration renewal, duplicate registration, replacements & changes auto insurance requirements, and MD military member registration.

Maryland Car Registration Overview

Registering a Vehicle in Maryland

You must register your vehicle through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).

Below is a quick summary of items to bring when visiting your local Maryland MVA office.

What to bring to the Maryland MVA:

  • Proof of identity (e.g., driver’s license, ID, or passport).
  • Proof of Maryland car insurance.
  • Required safety safety inspection, if applicable.
  • Proof of vehicle ownership (e.g., vehicle title).
  • A Bill of Sale (Form VR 181).
  • Acceptable form of payment for MD car registration fees and taxes.

Continue reading for more specific details about how to register a vehicle in Maryland.

Registering Vehicles Purchased from a Dealer

When you purchase either a new or used vehicle from a licensed Maryland car dealer, they will handle the registration and titling. Next, your dealer will submit the necessary documents and fees to the MD MVA on your behalf. The MVA will send your registration by mail.

If the dealer does not offer this service, you must register and title your vehicle on your own.

Please visit your local MD MVA office and present the following:

Vehicles Purchased from a Private Party

In Maryland, you must register and transfer the title of your vehicle within 21 days of the purchase date.

To register your vehicle in person, visit your local Maryland MVA office and present:

MD Vehicle Registration for New Residents

New to Maryland?

The Maryland MVA requires you to apply for a title and vehicle registration within 60 days of establishing residency. If you do not register your vehicle within 60 days, you are not eligible for a tax credit for any titling tax paid in another state, and you risk receiving a citation for an out of state registration.

To register your vehicle visit your local Maryland MVA office and present:

  • Your current certificate of title.
  • Proof of car insurance.
  • A passing Maryland safety inspection certificate.
    • The certificate is only valid for 90 days from the date of inspection.
  • A Bill Of Sale, if applicable (if the MVA cannot verify your vehicle’s value).
  • Your lease agreement and proof of lease payments, if applicable.
  • Power of Attorney, if applicable.
  • Payment for MD car registration, fees, and taxes.

You may also send all of the above documents by mail to:

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
Out-of-State Title Unit
6601 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21062

NOTE: The MVA will mail your title to you regardless of how you apply. If you apply in person, you will receive your registration card, license plates and tags immediately.

MD Registration for Military Drivers

Maryland military residents who currently reside in the state can register their vehicles as normal. Visit Registering a Vehicle in Maryland above to learn more.

Registration for MD Residents Stationed Outside Maryland

If you are a Maryland resident and stationed outside of the state, you must meet certain criteria to register a vehicle in Maryland.

You must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • On active duty in the U.S. military.
  • Currently stationed outside of Maryland.
  • Retain a home of record in Maryland.
  • You apply for anInspection Waiver when you apply for a Maryland title.

If eligible to register your vehicle either in person or by mail:

To register by mail, please mail all of the above to:

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
6601 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21062

Registration for Non-Residents

The MD MVA does not require non-resident military service members stationed in Maryland to register their vehicles.

Non-resident military personnel must maintain current registration and car insurance from their home state during deployment.

If you are a military service member and become a resident of Maryland, you’ll need to apply for vehicle registration. You must register within 1 year to be eligible for a tax credit.

Go to Vehicle Registration for New Residents to learn more.

Renewing Your Registration in Maryland

You can renew your Maryland vehicle registration online, by mail, by phone, or in person at your local county treasurer’s office.

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • The Maryland MVA mails your renewal notices approximately 60 days prior to your registration expiration.
  • Most vehicle registration in Maryland renews every 2 years.
  • Your renewal notice indicates whether you have any flags that will prevent you from
    completing your renewal. The MVA requires you to resolve the flags before you can renew
    your registration. Flags include:

  • Even if you did not receive your renewal notice in the mail, you must still renew your
    registration before it expires.

See Maryland Registration Renewals to learn more.

Replace Lost or Damaged Registration

If your Maryland registration cards or tabs are lost, stolen, or damaged, you can apply for a replacement online, by mail or in person at your local Maryland MVA office.

Online Replacements

To replace your MD registration card online, visit the myMVA online services portal and provide:

  • Your vehicle license plate number.
  • Your vehicle title number.
  • A credit card for the $5 duplicate registration card fee.
  • Maryland will mail your duplicate registration card to your current address on record with MDOT MVA.

    Replace Registration In Person

    To replace your Maryland registration card or decals in person, Go to your local MD MVA office Present a completed Application for Substitute Plates/Stickers/Duplicate Registration (Form VR 009) Pay the $5 duplicate registration card fee.

    To replace your Maryland registration card by mail, send all of the above to:

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
Registration Renewal Section
6601 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21062

Change Your Maryland Car Registration

Name Changes

Before you can make changes to your Maryland registration documents, you must first change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Once you complete your name change with SSA, you can update your name with the Maryland MVA. Be sure to notify the MVA within 30 days of your name change.

To change your name on your current Maryland license, you must bring the documents that initiated the change of name to your local Maryland MVA office.

Acceptable documents to prove a name change include a

  • Marriage certificate.
  • Divorce decree.
  • Court-ordered name change.

Please contact your local Maryland MVA office if you have any specific questions.

Update the Name on Your Vehicle Registration

To update the name on your vehicle registration in person at the MD MVA, you must provide:

To change your name by mail, submit all of the above documents and payment to:

Motor Vehicle Administration
Corrections Unit
6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E.
Glen Burnie, MD 21062

Address Changes

Change your address with the Maryland MVA online, by mail, or in person.

You have 30 days from the time of your move to update your address.

Online Address Change in Maryland

To change your mailing address online, visit the myMVA online services portal.

Please follow the prompts and have the following ready:

Once complete, the Maryland MVA system will update your new mailing address on your registration. You cannot change your address online if you have a P.O. Box.

Address Changes in Person

To change your address in person, please visit any MD MVA office and provide:

Address Changes by Mail

To change your address by mail, please complete and mail an Application for Maryland Change of Address (Form VR-154) and the $5 payment for duplicate registration fees to:

Motor Vehicle Administration
Corrections Unit
6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E.
Glen Burnie, MD 21062

Maryland Vehicle Registration Fees

Maryland Vehicle Registration Fees

Registration fees vary by vehicle type and weight. You may register your vehicle for 2 years at a time.

The following registration fees correspond to the 2 year registration cycle. There is also a $17 yearly surcharge.

Current Maryland vehicle registration fees:

  • Passenger vehicle registration up to 3,700 pounds: $135
  • Passenger vehicle registration over 3,700 pounds: $187
  • Motorcycle registration: $104
  • Title application fee: $100
  • Corrected title fee: $40
  • Duplicate Maryland title fee: $20
  • Tag transfer fee: $10
  • Replacement registration card fee: $5
  • Replacement tag fee: $20
  • Vehicle sales use/tax: 6%

For a more complete listing of Maryland’s vehicle registration fees, visit the MAryland MVA website.

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Jul 11, 2022