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VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND TITLING QUESTIONS

As a new resident of Maryland how long do I have to register my vehicle?
What should I do if title is being held by lien holder?
What should I do with my Maryland license plates after I have moved out of state?
Do I need to return my Maryland registration plates prior to canceling my vehicle insurance?
How can I get a personalized plate and what are the fees?
How may I obtain a duplicate registration?
How do I obtain a placard/plate for persons with disabilities?
I have several vehicles; how can I apply for a disability placard to use when travelling in each vehicle I own?
How do I obtain organizational plates?
If my license plates are stolen, what should I do?
What is the definition of a motorcycle?
What is a motor scooter?
Can I register my boat at the Reality Tag & Title?
What are the insurance requirements in MD?
Does my vehicle qualify for historic or street rod plates?
Do I need to register my vehicle in Maryland if I am a member of the armed forces of the United States or of the United States Public Health Service and I am serving on active duty in Maryland, an adjoining state, or the District of Columbia and my vehicle has a current out-of-state registration?
I am in the military and stationed outside of Maryland. I have purchased a vehicle that I want to title and register in Maryland; however, the vehicle has not been safety inspected. Can I obtain a safety inspection waiver?
What paperwork will I need?

LOW SPEED VEHICLE QUESTIONS

What is a low speed vehicle?
Are low speed vehicles required to be titled and registered?
Do I need a driver license to operate a low speed vehicle on Maryland roadways?
Are operations of low speed vehicles on roadways restricted to certain posted speeds?
May I use my low speed vehicle to take my driver test?


Vehicle Registration and Titling Questions

As a new resident of Maryland how long do I have to register my vehicle?
As a new resident of Maryland how long do I have to register my vehicle? As a new resident of Maryland you must register your vehicle within 60 days of moving to Maryland. If you delay beyond 60 days, you will not be eligible for a tax credit for any titling tax paid in another state, and you may be subject to a citation for an out of state registration. You'll need to present your title certificate at one of the MVA's full service offices. For more information...
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What should I do if title is being held by lien holder?
If your title is being held by a lien holder you could first contact the MVA at the Customer Service Center at 1-800-950-1682. If you do not have the title document or certificate, the MVA will provide you with a letter (form# VR-056) to send to your lien holder requesting the title(s) be sent to the MVA. Upon receipt of the title document(s), the MVA will write or call you to inform you that we have received the title(s). We will inform you of the excise tax due and ask you to send your completed Application for Title (form # VR-005) and payment (check or money order) made payable to the MVA. The check should include payment for the following: title fee, fee to record the lien, and excise tax and tag fees.
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What should I do with my Maryland license plates after I have moved out of state?
After moving out of Maryland you need to return your plates to the MVA. If you have more than one calendar year left on your registration you are due a refund for the cost of the remaining year. If you are eligible for the refund you must first complete the Application for Registration Plate Refund (form # VR-021). Mail in the completed form, the license plates from your vehicle, a copy of the vehicle registration, your out of state address, and a reason for their return to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, Attn: Tag Return, 6601 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21062. Registration plates must be returned to the MVA prior to canceling vehicle insurance. For more information...
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Do I need to return my Maryland registration plates prior to canceling my vehicle insurance?
Yes, you must return your registration plates prior to canceling your vehicle's insurance coverage. Failure to do so may result in a compulsory insurance violation. For more information...
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How can I get a personalized plate and what are the fees?
To request a personalized (vanity) plate you may go online through MVA's website or you can complete an Application for Special Registration Plates (form # VR-164). The completed form can be mailed to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, 6601 Ritchie Highway, Attn. Vehicle Registration, Glen Burnie, MD 21062 along with the additional yearly fee (payable by check or money order made out to the MVA) and a copy of the current registration card. The process takes approximately eight weeks.
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How may I obtain a duplicate registration?
To request a duplicate registration you must fill out the Application for Substitute Plates / Stickers / Duplicate Registration Form (form # VR-009). A fee does apply for a duplicate registration. The completed form can be brought in person to Reality Tag & Title.
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How do I obtain a placard/plate for persons with disabilities?
To obtain a license plate or placard for persons with disabilities you must first fill out the Application for Maryland Parking Placards/License Plates for Individuals with a Disability (form # VR-210). Your physician must complete the disability certification portion of the application. You can then visit your local MVA full-service office to receive your license plates and/or your placards in person. Or, mail the completed form along with the appropriate fees to the MVA, Disability Unit, Room 202, 6601 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21062. Do not mail cash. A doctor certification is required prior to obtaining a disability placard or plate. Please note that only placards (no license plates) can be issued at the MVA express offices (Columbia, Loch Raven/Parkville, Glenmont, and Walnut Hill).
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I have several vehicles; how can I apply for a disability placard to use when travelling in each vehicle I own?
An individual may request disability placard(s) or plate as follows:

  • One disability placard only, or
  • One disability plate only, or
  • One disability plate and one disability placard, or
  • Two disability placards.
You may choose either one-disability placard or disability plate, or one plate and one placard or two placards. Placards are designed to easily move from one vehicle to another, whether it's a vehicle you own personally or a vehicle you're riding in owned by another.
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How do I obtain organizational plates?
To obtain an organizational plate it is necessary to contact the chairperson of the organization for which you want the plates. Organizational plates offered through the MVA are able to be viewed online.
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If my license plates are stolen, what should I do?
If your plates are stolen, notify the police and obtain a report. You will then need to fill out the Application for Substitute Plates / Stickers / Duplicate Registration Form (form # VR-009). There is a fee for substitute plates. The completed form can be brought to Reality Tag & Title.
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What is the definition of a motorcycle?
A "motorcycle" means a motor vehicle that:

  • Has motive power;
  • Has a seat or saddle for the use of the rider;
  • Is designed to travel
    • On not more than 3 wheels in contact with the ground; and
    • At speeds exceeding 35 miles per hour; and
  • Is of a type required to comply with all motor vehicle safety standards applicable to motorcycles under Federal law.
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What is a motor scooter?
A motor scooter is defined in Maryland Vehicle Law, Section 11-134.5 as a non-pedal vehicle that:

  • Has a seat for the operator.
  • Has two wheels, of which one is 10 inches or more in diameter.
  • Has a step-through chassis.
  • Has a motor with a rating of 2.7 brake horsepower or less or if the motor is an internal combustion engine, with a capacity of 50 cubic centimeters piston displacement or less.
  • Equipped with an automatic transmission.
For more information on motor scooters...

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Can I register my boat at the Reality Tag & Title?
The Reality Tag & Title does not register boats. For further information about registering boats in the state of Maryland please refer to the Department of Natural Resources. However, the MVA does register the boat trailer. Your boat trailer must be titled and registered for use on the highways in this state. For specifics, please refer to the procedures for titling vehicles. [top]

What are the insurance requirements in MD?
Maryland law requires that all motor vehicles registered in Maryland be insured by a company licensed in Maryland and carry coverage of $20,000 for bodily injury per person, $40,000 for bodily injury for two or more people, and $15,000 for property damage.
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Does my vehicle qualify for historic or street rod plates?

Historic:

  • To qualify as a historic vehicle, your vehicle must not have been substantially altered, remodeled, or remanufactured from its original construction, and must be 25 model years or older.
  • A historic vehicle 60 years or older may obtain a one-time, permanent, non-transferable registration. This vehicle registration does not qualify for specialty plates.
  • Vehicles classified as historic certifies the vehicle will be maintained for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours, occasional transportation and similar uses. The vehicle owner further certifies the vehicle will not be used for general daily transportation or primarily for the transportation of passengers or property on highways. You will need to fill out the Application for Historic or Street Rod Registration (form # VR-096).

Street Rod:

  • To qualify as a street rod, your vehicle must be 25 years old or older and must have been substantially altered from the manufacturer's original design.
  • Vehicles classified as street rod certifies the vehicle will be maintained for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours, occasional transportation and similar uses. The vehicle owner further certifies the vehicle will not be used for general daily transportation or primarily for the transportation of passengers or property on highways. You will need to fill out the Application for Historic or Street Rod Registration (form # VR-096).
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Do I need to register my vehicle in Maryland if I am a member of the armed forces of the United States or of the United Sates Public Health Service and I am serving on active duty in Maryland, an adjoining state, or the District of Columbia and my vehicle has a current out-of-state registration?
No, you do not need to register your personal vehicle in Maryland if you are an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States or of the United States Public Health Service.
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I am in the military and stationed outside of Maryland. I have purchased a vehicle that I want to title and register in Maryland; however, the vehicle has not been safety inspected. Can I obtain a safety inspection waiver?
You may be eligible for a "Temporary Inspection Waiver" (Section B for military) if:

  • You are on active duty in the U.S. military; and,
  • You are stationed outside of Maryland, and;
  • Your home of record is in Maryland; and,
  • You apply for the waiver when you apply for the vehicle's Maryland title.
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Low Speed Vehicle Questions

What is a low speed vehicle?
Motor Vehicle includes a low speed vehicle, which is a four-wheeled electric vehicle that:

  • has a maximum speed capability that exceeds 20 miles per hour but is less than 25 miles per hour;
  • has at least four wheels in contact with the ground;
  • has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of less than 2,500 pounds; and
  • Complies with the standards for safety of such a vehicle set forth in Federal Motor Safety Standard 49C.F.R.571.500.
Note: Golf carts are not considered a low speed vehicle.
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Are low speed vehicles required to be titled and registered?
Maryland law now requires all low speed vehicles to be titled and registered.
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Do I need a driver license to operate a low speed vehicle on Maryland roadways?
Yes, you must possess a valid driver license to operate a low speed vehicle on Maryland roads.
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Are operations of low speed vehicles on roadways restricted to certain posted speeds?
Yes, a person may not drive a low speed vehicle on a roadway for which the posted maximum speed limit exceeds 30 miles per hour; or on an expressway or another controlled access highway that is signed so as to prohibit the use of these type of vehicles on its roadways.
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May I use my low speed vehicle to take my driver test?
No, individuals may not use a low speed vehicle to obtain a driver's license.
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What will I need?

1) If seller has a Maryland title you will need
2) If seller has an out of state title you will need
3) Title transfer from a related party
4) Title transfer from seller and seller still owes money to a lien holder
5) Title transfer from a licensed dealer
6) Buy out of your Maryland leased vehicle
7) Vehicle leased by you and titled in another state
8) Vehicle titled in your name in another state or new resident
9) Returning resident

1) If seller has a Maryland title you will need

  1. Maryland Title signed off by all sellers.
  2. Maryland Security Interest Filing or a Lien Release Statement, if there is a lien recorded on the front of the Maryland Title.
  3. Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate:
    1. Required for all used vehicles with the exception of Historic vehicles (see ANTIQUES TAGS section), Street Rod vehicles (see ANTIQUES TAG section), some Gift Title Transfer exceptions (see GIFT TITLE TRANSFER section), and Farm Area vehicles. Call Reality Tag & Title for more information.
    2. White copy is valid for 90 days from the date written on the certificate. If not recorded within 90 days, the vehicle must be re-inspected.
    3. The gold copy can be used within 30 days, but only after the white copy has been recorded. Call Reality Tag & Title for more information.
    4. If the vehicle is physically located in or outside of Maryland and does not have valid tags to transport to a Maryland Safety Inspection Station, see TEMPORARY TAG section.
  4. Notarized Bill of Sale:
    1. Required if the vehicle is a 2004 or newer.
    2. All seller(s) and all buyer(s) must sign in front of a Notary Public. Reality Tag & Title has a Notary Public on staff at all times.
    3. Without a notarized bill of sale, buyer will be taxed on the higher of either the book value or the sales price of the vehicle. Call Reality Tag & Title for more information.
  5. Lien holder Information, if borrowing money to purchase the vehicle:
    1. Lien holder's name and address.
    2. Amount and date of the loan.
  6. Registration Card, if transferring Maryland Tags:
    1. If unable to locate the registration card, Reality Tag & Title will need to know the tag number, sticker number, and expiration date from the physical tag.
    2. Class of vehicle must remain the same, with a few exceptions. Call Reality Tag & Title for more information.
    3. Owner(s) must remain the same, with a few exceptions. Call Reality Tag & Title for more information.
  7. Insurance Information:
    1. Company and binder or policy number.
  8. Driver's License:
    1. With a Maryland driver's license or a Maryland soundex number, Reality Tag & Title can issue new tags, stickers, and registration or transfer your existing tags in five to ten minutes.
    2. Without a Maryland driver's license or a Maryland soundex number, it will take Reality Tag & Title just one business day to process and obtain your tags and/or registration.
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2) If seller has an out of state title you will need

  1. Out-of-State Title, signed off by all sellers.
  2. Lien Release Statement, if there is a lien recorded on the front of the title and it is not signed or stamped off
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  4. Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate:
    1. Required on all used vehicles with the exception of Historic Vehicles (see ANTIQUE TAGS section), Street Rod vehicles (see ANTIQUE TAGS section), some Gift Title Transfer exceptions (see GIFT TITLE TRANSFER section), and Farm Area vehicles. Call Reality Tag & Title for more information.
    2. White copy is valid for 90 days from the date written on the certificate. If not recorded within the 90 days, the vehicle must be re-inspected.
    3. If the vehicle is physically located in or outside of Maryland and does not have valid tags to transport to a Maryland Safety Inspection Station, see TEMPORARY TAG section.
  5. Notarized Bill of Sale:
    1. Required if the vehicle is a 2004 or newer.
    2. All seller(s) and buyer(s) must sign in front of a Notary Public. Reality Tag & Title has a Notary Public on staff at all times.
    3. Without a notarized bill of sale, the buyer will be taxed on the higher of either the book value or the sales price of the vehicle.
  6. Bill of Sale:
    1. Required if the out-of-state title does not have a place for a purchase price in the assignment section of the title, even if the vehicle is a 2003 and older.
  7. Lien holder Information, if borrowing money to purchase the vehicle:
    1. Lien holder's name and address.
    2. Amount and date of the loan
  8. Registration Card, if transferring Maryland Tags:
    1. If unable to locate the registration card, Reality Tag & Title will need to know the tag number, sticker number, and expiration date. You can obtain from the physical tag.
    2. The class of the vehicle must remain the same, with a few exceptions. Call Reality Tag & Title for more information.
    3. Owner(s) must remain the same, with a few exceptions. Call Reality Tag & Title for more information.
  9. Insurance Information:
  10. Company and binder or policy number.
  11. Driver's License:
    1. With a Maryland driver's license or a Maryland soundex number, Reality Tag & Title can issue new tags, stickers and registration or transfer your existing tags in five to ten minutes.
    2. Without a Maryland driver's license or a Maryland soundex number it will take Reality Tag & Title just one business day to process and obtain your tags and/or registration.
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3) Title transfer from a related party
Call Reality Tag & Title for additional information.
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4) Title transfer from seller and seller still owes money to a lien holder
Call Reality Tag & Title for additional information.
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5) Title transfer from a licensed dealer

IF DEALER PROVIDES A CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN, A MARYLAND TITLE OR AN OUT-OF-STATE TITLE YOU WILL NEED:

  1. Certificate of Title or Certificate of Origin and all paperwork the dealership supplied to you.
  2. Maryland Safety Inspection:
    1. Unless the vehicle is brand new and the title document is a Certificate of Origin, with a few exceptions. Call Reality Tag & Title for more information.
    2. Unless the vehicle is a 1990 or older and you register as a Historic or 1985 and older and you register as a Street Rod (see ANTIQUE TAGS section).
    3. Unless the vehicle is registered as a Farm Area vehicle. Call Reality Tag & Title for more information.
    4. White copy is valid for 6 months from the date written on the certificate, if sold from a Maryland dealer.
    5. White copy is valid for 90 days from the date written on the certificate, if sold from an out-of-state dealer.
    6. If sold uninspected and the out-of-state dealership issued a temporary tag:
      1. Obtain a Maryland Safety Inspection while the temporary tag is valid.
    7. If sold uninspected and no dealer temporary tag was issued:
      1. See TEMPORARY TAG section.
  3. Lien holder Information, if borrowing money to purchase the vehicle:
    1. Lien holder's name and address.
    2. Amount and date of the loan
    1. Registration Card, if transferring Maryland Tags:
      1. If unable to locate the registration card, Reality Tag & Title will need to know the tag number, sticker number, and expiration date. You can obtain from the expiration date from the physical plate.
      2. The class of vehicle must remain the same, with a few exceptions. Call Reality Tag & Title for more information.
      3. The owner(s) must remain the same, with a few exceptions. Call Reality Tag & Title for more information.
  4. Insurance Information:
    1. Company and binder or policy number.
  5. Driver's License:
    1. If you have a Maryland driver's license or a Maryland soundex number, Reality Tag & Title can issue new tags, stickers, and registration or transfer your existing tags in five to ten minutes.
    2. Without a Maryland driver's license or a Maryland soundex number, it will take Reality Tag & Title just one business day to process and obtain your tags and/or registration.
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6) Buy out of your Maryland leased vehicle
IF THE LESSOR PROVIDES A MARYLAND TITLE YOU WILL NEED:

  1. Maryland Title, signed off by a representative of the leasing company.
  2. Maryland Security Interest Filing or a Lien Release Statement, if there is a lien recorded on the front of the Maryland title.
  3. Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate:
    1. White copy is valid for 90 days from the date written on the certificate. If not recorded within the 90 days, the vehicle must be re-inspected.
  4. Lien holder Information, if borrowing money to purchase the vehicle:
    1. Lien holder's name and address.
    2. Amount and date of the loan.
  5. Copy of the Lease Contract, showing you as lessee.
  6. Insurance Information:
    1. Company and binder or policy number.
  7. Driver's License:
    1. With a Maryland driver's license or a Maryland soundex number, Reality Tag & Title can issue tags, stickers and registration in five to ten minutes.
    2. Without a Maryland driver's license or a Maryland soundex number, it will take one business day to process and obtain your tags and/or registration.
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7) Vehicle leased by you and titled in another state
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8) Vehicle titled in your name in another state or new resident
MARYLAND LAW REQUIRES THAT A NEW RESIDENT TITLE AND REGISTER THEIR VEHICLE WITHIN SIXTY DAYS OF TAKING RESIDENCE
A resident of Maryland is defined as:

  1. Anyone who is domiciled in Maryland.
  2. Anyone who owns, leases, or rents a primary place of residence in Maryland.
  3. Anyone who resides in Maryland for more than one year, regardless of where they domicile.
  4. Anyone who maintains a branch office or warehouse facility in Maryland and operates motor vehicles intra-state in the state of Maryland.
  5. Anyone who has filed as a Maryland resident for income tax purposes.
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Returning Resident
If your vehicle was previously titled in Maryland, in your name, and you had Maryland permanent metal tags on the vehicle:

  1. No Maryland Safety Inspection is required.
  2. Need Maryland insurance information:
    1. Company and binder or policy number
  3. You will surrender your current out-of-state title for a Maryland title:
    1. If your lien holder is holding your title
      1. Call Reality Tag & Title for more information.
  4. No excise tax is collected.
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