✅ Updated January 2022

Ultimate guide to Registering your Vehicle in Maryland

Here's the ultimate guide to registering your vehicle in Maryland. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.


What You’ll Need to Register your Vehicle in Maryland

  • Proof of ownership – This is the vehicle’s existing title that identifies you as the owner.
  • The Application for Certificate of Title (form #VR-005) can be used to apply for both the vehicle’s title and registration. Be sure to include your insurance information.
  • Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate - This Maryland State Police form certifies that your vehicle meets Maryland safety standards. It is valid for up to 90 days from the date issued.
  • Certificate of Inspection - A Safety Inspection is required for all used cars, trucks, tractors, trailers, motorcycles, special equipment, and class "B" for hire vehicles being titled and registered in Maryland. They must be inspected by a licensed Maryland inspection station.
  • Proof of vehicle’s value
  • FEE for ...
    • Title Certificate – Corrected
      • $40.00
    • Title Certificate – Duplicate
      • $20.00
    • Title Certificate Fee Moped / Motor Scooter
      • $20.00
    • Title Certificate – New / Used
      • $100.00

What You’ll Do to Register your Vehicle in Maryland

  • Step 1. You can apply for a Maryland title and registration in person at any MVA full service branch office.
  • Step 2. Have your Application for certificate of title (form #VR-005)
  • Step 3. Provide your Certificate of origin 
  • Step 4. Submit your odometer disclosure statement
  • Step 5. Get your temporary license
  • You can also mail the documents to the MVA’s  out-of-state title unit:
    •  6601 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21062

Caveats and Exceptions in Registering your Vehicle in Maryland

  • If an owner of a vehicle originally titled in Maryland obtains a title for the vehicle in another state in the same name, and returns to Maryland, it may be registered by surrendering the foreign title and securing a Duplicate Maryland.
  • 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.

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