Maryland Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
Yes, if you are under the age of 18, you will need to complete a motorcycle safety course as one of the requirements to getting a motorcycle license. By taking this course, you are exempt from completing a written knowledge exam, as well as a road skills test if this is not your first time applying for a license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maryland

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
In the state of Maryland, it is mandatory to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. When taking a motorcycle safety course, you must wear an open face helmet. Additionally, motorcycle riders must also wear eye-protective wear such as goggles, spectacles or face shields that are FDA compliant. The eye-protective gear you put on must not be tinted. Find our more by contacting the Maryland MVA.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maryland

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
In order to avoid facing any penalties or late fees, it is important to renew car registration before its expiration date. You can complete this process in the manner that is most convenient for you, whether it is online, in person or by mail. You can renew your car registration up to 60 days before it expires.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maryland

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
With a DMV change address on license, you will also need to have current information on your car registration. The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration allows you to change your address in a number of ways, including online, by phone, by mail, in person or using an MVA Kiosk. However, if you are a CDL driver or have a PO Box, you will be required to make this change in person.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maryland

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
You are required to maintain minimum car liability coverage in the state you reside in. If you are moving to Maryland, you will need to register your vehicle and apply for car insurance in the state. You will not be able to apply for car registration if you are unable to provide proof of vehicle insurance.

For more information: Maryland Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration requires commercial drivers to complete their renewal process in person. During your renewal, you will need to submit proper documentation to verify your identity, among other things. You have the option to renew your CDL license up to six months before its expiration date. CDL licenses are usually valid for five years; however, if you are unsure about yours, you can expect to receive a renewal notice in the mail two months before it expires.

For more information: Maryland Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
Yes, the state of Maryland allows drivers to obtain a non-certified or certified copy of an online driving record. To complete this transaction on the MD MVA website, you will be required to enter your drivers license number and date of birth. Payment cannot be made with a travelers check or money order.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
No, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration requires all beginner drivers to complete a written drivers test in person. Although the test is completed on a computer screen, you must take it at your local MVA office.

You can take the test in one of several available languages: English, Spanish, Korean, French, Vietnamese or Chinese. You can also review the Maryland Drivers Manual in any of these languages.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maryland

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
You can use your CDL license nationwide as long as you have an interstate commercial driving license and you abide by the road rules and regulations of the state you are traveling to/through. Make sure to have your commercial license with you at all times, as well as any DMV-related paperwork, such as your car registration and insurance, inside your vehicle.

For more information: Maryland Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
The state of Maryland provides a number of convenient methods for renewing car registration. You can choose to complete this process online, by phone, using an eMVA kiosk, with a title service agent, at a county treasurer s office or by mail. To avoid any issue, make sure that you renew your registration with one of these aforementioned options.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maryland

Do boats need to be registered?
By law, boats in Maryland must be titled. A boat must also be registered if it holds a primary or auxiliary mechanical propulsion, and is mainly used in Maryland waters for a good portion of the year. When registering your boat, you will also be required to pay vessel excise tax. You must complete your boat registration within 30 days of purchase. To learn more, visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maryland

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
In order to operate a motor scooter or moped, you must either have a moped operator s permit or a driver s license of any class. The state of Maryland also requires motor scooters and mopeds to be titled and insured. When operating either of these, you must have protective headgear in place. To complete the car title process, fill out the Application for Certificate of Title and present it at a MVA branch.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maryland

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
Depending on the citation you have been issued, you may receive a court order to attend Maryland traffic school. However, the state does not typically allow drivers to remove points from their driving record by completing this program. If you are ordered to attend traffic school, you will receive a notification stating so.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Maryland

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
If you are relocating to a different state, you will be required to get car insurance in your new location. To find out what the minimum vehicle liability coverage is of where you will be moving to, contact the DMV of your new state. Have your drivers license information and vehicle description on hand to get accurate details.

For more information: Maryland Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
In order to avoid the likelihood of fraudulent activity on your driving record, make sure to report your MD stolen drivers licenseto a police officer. Visit your local MVA branch after you have obtained a copy of the police report at a nearby station. The Maryland MVA will then be able to enter this information in the system.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maryland Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
Yes, if you have a lost car registration or a stolen car registration, venture to your nearest police station to complete the process of filing a report. When requesting duplicate registration, it is important to carry this police report with you to your local MVA branch or tag and title office. Whether or not your duplicate fee is waived is to the discretion of the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maryland

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
Yes, the state of Maryland makes it mandatory to surrender your license plate when you are moving elsewhere. There are various ways in which you can complete this task:

  • Drop off your license plate at any local MVA branch.
  • Drop off your license plate at any MVA return drop box.
  • Drop off your license plate at any authorized tag and title service center.
  • Send them by mail to MVA, 6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E., Glen Burnie, MD 21062

When surrendering your license plate, you will also be required to turn in your registration card in order to avoid any penalties or consequences.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maryland

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
Yes, the state of Maryland requires all beginner drivers to complete a drivers ed course. This MVA approved program must be made up of at least 30 hours of classroom instruction and at least six hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience. With your provisional license, you must complete 60 hours of a driving log.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maryland

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
If you have your mutilated or damaged car title on your person, then you will be required to turn it in to your nearest MVA branch. By doing so, this will help ensure that your damaged car title doesn t accidentally get in the wrong hands, and it can then be noted in the system that you are requesting a duplicate.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maryland

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
If your car registration was damaged or mutilated, turn it in to your nearest MVA branch. While there, you can take advantage to request a duplicate registration by using a MVA Self-Service Kiosk. Make sure to have your valid Maryland drivers license with you, as well as payment for the duplicate fee. Fees will vary, depending on whether you are requesting duplicate plates with stickers, a duplicate sticker or a registration car.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maryland

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
The state of Maryland requires drivers who operate a motor scooter or moped to have it tiled and insured. Additionally, you must wear a helmet and protective eyewear at all times. In order to drive a motor scooter or moped, you must have a valid MD drivers license of any class.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maryland

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
The state requires all drivers to present a Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate when getting car registration. This crucial document certifies that your vehicle has met all the safety regulations and standards imposed by the state. A certificate of inspection is issued by any licensed inspection station or specialized car service center. You will have 90 days to present this certificate at the MD MVA once it has been issued.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maryland

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
In order to not have your Maryland drivers license suspended, you must maintain the minimum car insurance requirements, which covers bodily injury and property damage. You can show proof of auto insurance by presenting the MVA with a Maryland Insurance Certification. No other proof of car insurance, such as an insurance card, will be accepted.

For more information: Maryland Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
In order to request a veteran designation on your ID card, you will be required to apply in person. To be considered eligible, you must have served in the United States Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Air Force or Navy. One of the following documents must be presented:

  • DD-214 Military Discharge Certificate
  • Honorable Discharge Certificate
  • Letter provided by the U.S. Military Center in St. Louis
  • Letter provided by the Maryland Veterans Administration Service Program

Only an original or certified copy is accepted.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maryland Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
You can get a copy of the Maryland drivers manual by visiting this link. You can also check out our Driver Handbook page in order to learn more about what information you can expect to find in the manual. This helpful brochure will mainly cover topics pertaining to road safety, traffic laws, safe driving skills, road signs and more. If you would like a hard copy of the manual, contact your local Maryland MVA to inquire the steps you must take to get one.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Pennsylvania

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
The state of Maryland offers four available options to pay traffic ticket: online, by phone, in person or by mail.

Online To pay for traffic tickets online, venture over to the District Court of Maryland website and follow the step-by-step instructions on the screen.

By Phone Call 1-800-492-2656 and have your ticket information on hand.

In Person Visit the district court located in the county where your ticket was issued. To find a list of MD District Court locations, go to the District Court of Maryland website.

By Mail Submit payment for your ticket to the following address:

District Court Traffic Processing Center PO Box 6676 Annapolis, MD 21401

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Maryland

How can I renew my drivers license?
If you are a noncommercial driver less than 40 years of age, you must renew your Maryland drivers license online, using an MVA Self-Serve Kiosk or by mail. If you are eligible to renew online, your MVA renewal notice will state so. In the same manner, if you can renew by mail, you will receive a “renew by mail” by package.

An in-person visit to an MVA branch will be necessary if any of the below applies to you:

  • You have a drivers license suspension
  • You are a CDL driver
  • You have a tax compliance flag
  • You cannot have your Social Security Number verified
  • You have an alert on your driving record

Those drivers who renew in person will need to conduct a vision screening and turn in their current drivers license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Maryland

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
The state of Maryland allows drivers to renew car registration in one of six ways: online, by phone, using an eMVA kiosk, with a title service agent, at a county treasurer s office or by mail.

Online To renew car registration online, have your license plate number and vehicle title on hand, as well as payment for the necessary fee. The Maryland MVA accepts either credit cards or debit cards as payment.

By Phone To renew over the phone, call 1-410-768-7000 and have a credit card or debit card on hand to process your payment transaction.

eMVA Kiosk A Maryland driver can renew his or her car registration at any eMVA Kiosk, which is located at all MVA branches.

Title Service Agent You can renew your registration with a title service agent that works anywhere in Maryland.

County Treasurer s Office When renewing your registration at a country treasurer s office, an additional fee will be charged for its services. Plates can be renewed only from Monday to Friday.

By Mail Send your renewal notice, along with a check or money order payable to Motor Vehicle Administration, to the address listed on your notice. Make sure to add your drivers license number and a daytime phone number.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maryland

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
To register a car out of state, contact the DMV of the new state you are moving to, and further abide by their rules and regulations. A DMV agent will be able to provide you with proper instructions with how to proceed. Make sure to have your car registration, car title and current drivers license on hand.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maryland

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
Before getting an MD commercial drivers license, you must first apply for a commercial permit unless you already have a standard license or are converting your CDL from another state.

To begin the process, you will need to make an in-person visit to a nearby branch and complete the following:

  • Present proof of identity, legal status in the country, Maryland residency and Social Security Number
  • Submit copies of your recent medical documentation
  • Present a valid Medical Examiner s Certificate/ DOT card
  • Fill out any necessary application
  • Pass a road skill test
  • Pass a written knowledge test
  • Have payment ready for any fees

For more information: Commercial Drivers License

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
If you are an individual with a disability, you can request an MD handicap placard or plate by filling out the proper paperwork and submitting payment for any required fees. Follow these steps below:

  • Complete the Maryland Parking Placards/License Plates for Individuals with a Disability application. Make sure to have your licensed physician fill out the Disability Certification Information section. However, you can skip this section if you are self-certifying.
  • Submit the application, along with any necessary fees, to the Maryland MVA in person. Or, send it to MVA, Disability Unit, Room 202, 6601 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland, 21062. You can also apply in person at any MVA office except for Oakland.

Your physician can also submit your application by fax to 410-787-7840.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maryland

How do I apply for a drivers license?
If you are in the process of applying for a new Maryland drivers license, there are a few steps you will need to follow. You are required to make a personal visit to a nearby MVA branch and fulfill these requirements:

  • Submit proof of identity, Maryland residency, legal status in the country and Social Security Number. (In the event that you do not have valid Immigration Services or U.S. citizenship documentation to present, you can get a license by applying for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number through the IRS and filing Maryland Income taxes from the previous two years. For additional information, visit the Maryland MVA website or contact them at 1-410-768-7000.
  • Pass a vision test.

Bring proper payment for applicable fees.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Pennsylvania

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
In order to apply for a Maryland learners permit, you must be at least 15 years old and nine months. You will need to complete this process in person at your local MVA office by fulfilling these requirements:

  • Complete a Verification of Identity and/or School Attendance form (if you are under 16)
  • Pass a written knowledge exam
  • Pass a vision exam
  • Present proof of age, identity, residency, Social Security Number (if applicable) and legal status in the country
  • Complete a drivers ed program that consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction and at least six hours of driving the wheel experience

As part of the Maryland Graduated Licensing program, you are required to apply for a provisional license after maintaining your learner s permit for a certain period of time. It is only thereafter that you can obtain a full driver s license.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maryland

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
You can start the process of applying for a Maryland motorcycle license by completing these steps below:

  • Take a motorcycle safety course (mandatory for those under 18)
  • Take a drivers ed course
  • Pass a written knowledge exam
  • Pass a road skills motorcycle test
  • Pass a vision screening
  • May be required to present proper identification items to verify your Maryland residency, name, Social Security Number, legal status in the country and age
  • Bring payment for fees to your local MVA

It s important to take note that if you have completed the motorcycle safety course, you will not need to take a written knowledge exam or a road skills motorcycle test if you already have a standard license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maryland

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
Part of your address change checklist must include notifying your car insurance company. When speaking to an agent, you may be asked to provide proof of your new Maryland address, such as a utility bill or a financial statement. Oftentimes you can make this change effective by phone or fax. In some instances, however, your car insurance agent may ask you to visit them in person.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maryland

How do I change my address on my car registration?
You can change address on car registration documentation online, in person, by phone, using an MVA Kiosk or by mail. If you prefer to process an address change in person, make sure to present a filled out Application for Maryland Change of Address, along with your car title and registration card. You will also be required to submit payment for duplicate registration.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maryland

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
An address change request on your commercial driving license must be completed at an MVA branch. If you are a CDL license holder, there is no available option to submit your request online, by mail or by phone. When notifying the MVA of this change, you will be required to turn in a completed Application for Maryland Change of Address.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maryland

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
The Maryland MVA has five available options for address changing your license: online, in person, using an MVA Kiosk, by phone or by mail. If you have a PO Box address on file or if you are a CDL driver, you will be required to complete your request at an MVA branch. Once your application has been processed, you will receive an address card in the mail that you must then carry with your drivers license.

To submit your request by mail, send a completed Application for Maryland Change of Address to the MVA branch on the form. You can also call the MVA Customer Service Center at 1-410-768-7000.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maryland

How do I change my address on my ID card?
MD ID card address change can be completed either online, in person, by phone, using an MVA Kiosk or by mail. After your request has been made, you can expect to receive an address correction card in the mail. You must carry this card with your Maryland drivers license.

A mail-in change of address request can be completed with an Application for Maryland Change of Address. Follow the instructions on the form and send it to:

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration 6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E. Glen Burnie, Maryland 21062

You can also call the MVA Customer Service Center at 1-410-768-7000.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maryland

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
When you request a name change with the Maryland MVA, you must also update this information with your car insurance company. Make sure to provide them both your old name and new name, so they can conveniently locate you in their records. Be prepared for any additional information they may need.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
For a name change on car registration, you must first have this modification made on your driver s license and with the Social Security Administration. You can then request a name change on your car registration either online or at a MVA branch. You may be required to present certain identification documents, such as your Maryland drivers license. A replacement fee in the amount of $5 will also be required. Fees are subject to change without notice.
How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
Prior to changing names on drivers licenses with the Maryland MVA, you will need to complete this change with the Social Security Administration. To do so, check out the SSA website and find an office near you. After you have successfully changed your name with the SSA, stop by your local MVA branch to request an update. During your visit, you will be required to present the following:

  • Documentation that confirms your name change, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or any other court order
  • Your current Maryland driver s license

It can take up to 48 hours before the SSA updates your information, therefore allow some time to pass until your MVA visit.

How do I change my name on my ID card?
To complete an MD ID card name change, you will need to follow the same process you would for your driver s license. You will need to first change your name with the Social Security Administration. Thereafter, you must visit a local MVA branch and bring these items:

  • A document that verifies your name change, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or any other court order.
  • Your MD drivers license.

Allow up to 48 hours for the Social Security Administration to update your information before visiting a Maryland MVA branch.

How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
Contact the SSA by visiting their website and locating a Social Security Administration branch near you. You will be able to conduct a search by inputting your ZIP code and obtaining contact information for that office. Call them to ask about any necessary documents you will need to bring in. The process to change names with the Social Security Administration is available to you free of charge.
How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
If you have reason to believe that an individual has gained unauthorized access to your MD DMV driving record, contact the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration to report any suspicious activity. You can call them at 1-410-768-7000 or visit a nearby branch.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
If you have a MD stolen car registration, visit your nearest police station to file a police report. By taking this course of action, you will reduce the chances of any fraudulent activity occurring on your drivers license. Once you have obtained a copy of your police report, make sure to bring it with you to a local MVA branch.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maryland

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
In the event that you have a stolen car title, head to your nearest police station to file a report. The process is simple and straightforward: Simply speak to a law enforcement officer about your situation and request to obtain a police report. Take this crucial document with you to a local MVA branch when completing the process for a duplicate car title.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maryland

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
Since 2000, the state of Maryland has blocked public access to their residents driving records. Private records can now only be made available to the following organizations or parties:

  • Law enforcement
  • Car insurance company
  • Hospital
  • Another type of official business

If you would like your driving record to be made public, you must provide written consent to the Maryland MVA. You can, however, always request to view a copy of your own driving record by submitting a Request for Motor Vehicle Administrative Records in person at a MVA branch or online through their website.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
In order to replace ID cards, residents need to visit a local MVA branch to complete the process in person. Before heading to a nearby office, make sure to gather these documents, along with proper payment for replacement fee:

  • Proof of age and identity
  • Proof of legal status in the country
  • Proof of Social Security Number (or ineligibility)
  • Proof of Maryland residency

You do not need to show proof of residency if your address remains unchanged. In the event that your ID was stolen, report it to the MVA Customer Service office at 1-410-787-7856.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maryland Identification Card

How do I get a hardship license?
To find out if you are eligible to apply for a hardship license in the state of Maryland, contact the MA Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration at 1-410-768-7000 for further information. Depending on the offense you committed, you may or may not qualify for restricted limitations on your license.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maryland

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
If you are currently a military member who is stationed outside of Maryland, you can request a duplicate drivers license online, or once you have returned to the state. Find out more by contacting the MBA Absent from State Unit at 1-410-768-7742. If you are deemed eligible, you will have your duplicate drivers license sent to your out-of-state address.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maryland Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
In order to have your traffic ticket dismissed, a judge who hears your case would have to dismiss all the charges. You can fight your Maryland traffic ticket by pleading not guilty and attending a court hearing. Even if your citation is dismissed, you will still be required to pay any applicable court fees.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Maryland

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
Unless you are a figure of authority, you will be unable to obtain a copy of another person s drivers license due to a Maryland law that was enacted in 2000. Driving records are generally closed to the public. In order to have access to somebody else s record, a written request must be made to have it open.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration allows drivers to obtain a duplicate car registration in person, online or by mail.

In Person Visit any nearby MVA branch and present a completed Application for Substitute Plates/Stickers/Duplicate Registration to request replacement registration.

Online You will be required to visit the MVA Fast Track website to complete the online transaction.

By Mail Send a completed Application for Substitute Plates/Stickers/Duplicate Registration and proper payment, in the form of a money order or check to the following address:

Motor Vehicle Administration Attn: Registration Renewal Section 6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E. Glen Burnie, MD 21062

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maryland

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
The state of Maryland makes it easy for drivers to replace car title online or in person. To get a replacement online, visit the Maryland MVA website and follow the instructions on the screen. In person, you have the option to use a MVA Self-Serve Kiosk, visit a tag and title office or make your way to a MVA branch. When making your request at a branch, you will be required to submit an Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maryland

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
The state of Maryland only allows requests for a drivers license replacement to be made online or using an MVA kiosk. For the most part, these requests are no longer processed at an MVA branch. However, in some instances, you may be required to obtain a duplicate in-person. It will take roughly 10 business days for your replacement to arrive in the mail. Meanwhile, you will be provided an Interim Receipt that you can carry until you ve gotten your new license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maryland Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
To request a title for car, you will first need a MD salvaged vehicle inspection conducted by the Maryland State Police. Thereafter, visit a local MVA branch and present these documents:

  • Proof of car title
  • MD Safety Inspection Certificate
  • Bill of Sale
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement
  • Application for Certificate of Title

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maryland

How do I obtain car registration?
If your car was purchased from a dealer:

Most dealerships will automatically submit your new car registration paperwork to the Maryland MVA so you don t have to. You will be provided with a temporary tag and registration document until your permanent one arrives in the mail.

If your car was purchased from a private party:

You will be required to apply for used car registration at a local MVA full branch office. Before making your visit, make sure you have gathered your car title, a filled out Application for Certificate of Title, proof of car insurance, a Bill of Sale (must be notarized if the car is less than seven years old), Odometer Disclosure Statement and a Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate. Your inspection certificate can be obtained at any licensed inspection station in the state.

If you are new to the state of Maryland:

In addition to the aforementioned documentation, you will also need to present lien information if it applies. If there is a second lien against your title, you must fill out a Security Interesting Filing form.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maryland

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
When your Maryland drivers license suspension period has almost ended, you will still have restricted driving privileges for an additional year. During this time, you will be required to drive with an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. Once it has been installed, you can then request a restricted driver s license at a MVA full service branch.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maryland

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
You will need to complete all the requirements of your suspension period before you can begin the process of reinstating your drivers license. Once you believe you have fulfilled the necessary requirements, you can then contact the Maryland MVA Driver Wellness and Safety Division to inquire about reinstatement.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maryland

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
In order to reinstate suspended drivers license, you will need to complete all the terms and regulations mentioned in your license suspension summary. Once you are able to meet the necessary requirements for reinstatement, call the MVA Driver Wellness and Safety Division at 1-410-768-7000. If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, you can call 1-301-729-4563 instead.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maryland

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
If you are issued a moving traffic ticket in the state of Maryland, your points will remain on your driving record for a period of two years. In rare instances, you may be allowed to have these points removed by attending DMV traffic school. You may also seek the legal counsel of a traffic attorney for further options.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Maryland

How do I renew my driving permit?
If you have a Maryland permit for driving that is about to expire, you can request a new one by completing the following at your nearby MVA office:

  • Pass a vision test
  • Pass a written knowledge exam
  • Have a parent or legal guardian sign your application

Your learner s permit will be valid for two years after it is first issued.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maryland

How do I renew my ID card?
Since April 1, 2014, the state of Maryland only allows individuals to renew ID cards online or using a MVA Kiosk. It is no longer permitted to complete a renewal request at a local MVA office. If you would like to learn more about this new process, contact the Maryland MVA at 1-410-768-7000.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maryland Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration allows qualified individuals to renew license by mail or online. However, you will be required to make an in-person visit upon your return if any of the below conditions apply to you:

  • You have a drivers license suspension
  • You are a CDL driver
  • You have a tax compliance flag
  • You cannot have your Social Security Number verified
  • You have an alert on your driving record

If you intend to return to Maryland within 45 days, you can also request a temporary noncommercial license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Maryland

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
In order to renew your medical report, you will need to visit your physician and have them complete a Medical Examiner s Certificate that certifies you meet all federal qualifications. Your physician s signature must be on the report in order for it to be deemed valid. This certificate will be valid for up to two years, depending on the expiration date your physician decides on.

For more information: Maryland Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
If you are under the age of 40, you have the option to renew motorcycle licenses online, at an MVA Self-Serve Kiosk or by mail. Those eligible to renew by mail will receive a “renew by mail” notice prior to the expiration date of their license.

Keep in mind that you will be unable to renew in any of the aforementioned methods if your Social Security Number cannot be checked, you have a conviction on your record, you have a license suspension, you have a tax compliance flag or if you re a CDL driver. If any of these apply to you, then you will be required to complete your renewal request at a MVA branch.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maryland

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
If you are not a United States citizen, the Maryland MVA will accept the following documents when applying for a drivers license copy in person:

  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Foreign passport
  • Valid photo ID
  • Proof of Maryland Income Tax filing from the past two years
  • Documentation that shows non-work authorized status

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maryland Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
If you lost your drivers license while outside the state, you may be able to request a duplicate online. Or, you can replace your license upon your return to Maryland. Find out more by contacting the MBA Absent from State Unit at 1-410-768-7742. If you are deemed eligible, you will have your duplicate drivers license sent to your out-of-state address.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maryland Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
If you are in the process of moving, get in touch with the DMV of the new state you are relocating to. Their DMV rules and regulations may differ from that of Maryland s, therefore it is important to find out about their proper registration process. When visiting a DMV office, make sure to bring your drivers license, as well as any current registration tags and stickers you have with you.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maryland

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
If you lost your original DMV car title, you are required to request a duplicate before selling your vehicle or purchasing one from a private party. In order to obtain a duplicate car title in Maryland, you can do so online, in person or by mail.

When requesting a duplicate title by mail, fill out an Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title and send a copy of your drivers license, along with payment for the $20 replacement fee to this address:

Motor Vehicle Administration 6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E. Glen Burnie, Maryland 21062

If you have your damaged or mutilated car title on hand, send it with your application.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maryland

How do I transfer my car title?
For a vehicle purchased at a dealership:

The dealership will usually handle the titling and car registration process for you by submitting all the required paperwork to the Maryland MVA. You will be provided with temporary license plates as you await your permanent registration documentation in the mail.

For a used vehicle purchased through a private party:

When preparing documentation to visit your local MVA office and request new car registration, you will need to gather a number of items that show proof of car ownership and insurance. You will also be required to submit payment for the registration fee.

For a vehicle that was transferred as a gift:

In order for a vehicle to be transferred as a gift, both parties must be immediate family members. You will be required to present a completed Application for Maryland Gift Certification. If there is a lien attached to the vehicle, you will need to contact the MVA at 1-410-768-7000 for further instructions.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maryland

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
The state of Maryland has different types of registration regulations in place for trailers and mobile homes. Contact your local MVA branch to inquire about the process you must adhere to for your RV. In the event that you need to have it titled and registered, make sure to bring your Maryland driver s license with you to your in-person appointment.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maryland

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
If currently stationed outside the state, you can apply for a motorcycle license endorsement upon your return to Maryland. You must complete this process in person as you will be required to pass a skills test, in addition to any other requirements. For further clarification, contact the MVA Customer Service Center at 1-410-768-7000. You can also reach the MVA Motorcycle Safety Program line at 1-443-572-8236.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maryland

How does the DMV check my vision?
There are three ways in which the Maryland MVA allows drivers to have their vision tested:

  • You can have your vision screening conducted at a local MVA office by an authorized agent.
  • You can have a vision specialist complete a Vision Form and have it submitted to the MVA.
  • You can ask your vision specialist to electronically submit your results on the MVA Online Vision Certification Service, featured on the Marlyland MVA website.

In order to pass, you must have vision acuity of at least 20/40 in each eye, and a continuous vision field of at least 140 degrees.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Maryland

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
If you have held your MD driving permit for at least nine months, you will then be able to apply for a provisional license whereby you must take and pass a road skills driver s test. You must have your provisional license for 18 months before you can then apply for a standard driver s license. Additionally, there must be no convictions or violations on your driving record in order to apply for a full license.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maryland

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
If you are ordering your car title replacement online, contact the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration at 1-410-768-7000 to find out when you should expect to receive your new car title. When placing your online request, make sure to have payment ready in the form of a credit card or debit card to complete your transaction.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maryland

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
In the event that you are pulled over by a police offer due to suspicion of DUI and refuse to submit to a chemical test, your drivers license will face immediate suspension. The length of time in which it will be suspended depends on the following:

  • BAC level between 0.08 to 0.14 45-day suspension (first offense)
  • BAC level between 0.15 or higher 90 day suspension (first offense)
  • CDL driver 1 year suspension (first offense)
  • CDL driver with Hazmat endorsement on license 3-year suspension (first offense)

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maryland

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
After completing a Maryland ID card application, you can expect to receive it by mail. To find out the time span, speak with the MVA agent during your in-person application visit. When completing your application process, submit proper documentation and payment for any fees in order to avoid any delays.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maryland Identification Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
If you accumulate between eight to 11 points on your Maryland driving record, you will receive a Notice of Point Suspension. You will then have the option to either accept the suspension period or to request a hearing and wait to hear from the Office of Administrative Hearings about a date, place and time. If you accumulate 12 or more points on your record, you will receive a Notice of Revocation instead.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
The state of Maryland does not provide the option to attend a traffic school course in order to reduce points from your drivers record. But if you accumulate between five to seven points on your record, you will be ordered to complete Maryland s Driver Improvement Program. If you are instructed to attend this program, you will be notified by the MVA through a written letter, which will include available DIP locations. The program itself runs four to eight hours, and a Certificate of Completion will be handed to you at the end.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
Requesting a duplicate car registration includes a $5 fee. This charge is subject to change without notice, therefore it is important to have the proper payment with you. To complete your name change request, you must visit an MVA branch or follow online instructions. Make sure to have your original car registration with you, as well as your current Maryland drivers license.
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
The MD Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration charges a $5 fee for a car title name change. Fees may vary without notice. If making your change at a MVA branch, bring your original car title and driver s license information, so that your records can be easily located.
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
To find out if there is a fee associated with your MD name change checklist, contact the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration at 1-410-768-7000. If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, call 1-301-729-4563 instead. As for the Social Security Administration, it allows you to complete a name change at no cost.
How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
A CDL renewal must be done in person at an MVA office. When renewing your license, make sure to bring with you the following items:

  • Your current MD CDL license
  • Your Medical Examiner s Certificate/DOT card (or waiver/exemption if you have)
  • Your CDL renewal notice

During your visit, you will be required to pass a vision screening and take a new CDL license photo. You will also need to pay the renewal fee. Find an MVA branch near you here.

For more information: Maryland Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
You will be eligible to renew driving licenses when you receive your renewal notice in the mail from the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration. By law, this notice is sent out 60 days before your drivers license expiration date. You will not need to submit to additional tests, such as a written knowledge exam, if your drivers license has been expired for less than a year.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Maryland

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
In the event that a family member passed away and left his or her car to you, you can transfer car title to your name by visiting a full service MVA branch with these documents:

  • Existing car title
  • Application for Certificate of Car Title
  • Death certificate of your loved one

Make sure to also bring proper payment for the transfer of car title and registration fees.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maryland

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
Failure to complete MD car registration renewal on time may result in late fees. You can renew your registration up to 60 days before its expiration date. For passenger vehicles that are less than 3,700 lbs, the renewal fee is $135. For passenger vehicles that are more than 3,700 lbs., the renewal fee is $187. These fees are subject to change without notice.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maryland

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
It is to the discretion of the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration whether or not your drivers license replacement fee is waived. However, you should nonetheless have your police report on hand when requesting a duplicate drivers license. You should also bring in proof of identity in order to locate you in the system.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maryland Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
If involved in a car accident, Maryland does not require drivers to report any property damage unless it results in injury or death. Nonetheless, you must maintain the minimum amounts of Maryland auto insurance. If your vehicle does not have insurance, you may have your drivers license suspended and be issued a fine.

For more information: Maryland Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
If you have your car registered in the state of Maryland, then you will be required to maintain the minimum vehicle liability insurance coverage. The requirements are as follows:

  • $30,000 for bodily injury per person
  • $60,000 bodily injury for two or more people
  • $15,000 for property damage

When registering your vehicle, you must present a Maryland Insurance Certification as proof of insurance. This is the only acceptable proof of car insurance in the state.

For more information: Maryland Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
To inquire about your citation, you can contact the District Court of Maryland by phone at their toll-free number 1-800-492-2656. Their operating hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also visit their website for more information about MD traffic fines.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Maryland

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
If you have lost your ID card while outside of Maryland, you will need to wait until your return to apply for an identification card replacement. The state only allows duplicate requests to be processed in person at an MVA branch. There is no available option to complete this transaction online, by mail or in phone.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maryland Identification Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
If you have a drivers license suspension due to an MD DUI, you will need to complete your suspension period and fulfill reinstatement requirements before you can have your driving privileges restored. Some of these requirements will include completing a Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, as well as paying reinstatement fees.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maryland

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
If you lost your vehicle s personalized plates and would like to obtain regular plates, you will need to follow the process of obtaining standard duplicate plates. You can visit either your local MVA branch or a tag and title service office to submit your request. Make sure to bring your drivers license with you.

If you would like to submit your request by mail, send a completed Application for Substitute Plates/Stickers/Duplicate Registration with your registration card and proper payment to the address below:

MVA – Mail In Registration Unit 6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E. Glen Burnie, MD 21062

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maryland

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
You can obtain a Maryland intrastate CDL drivers license if you are at least 18 years old, and an interstate license if you are 21 or older. To apply for your commercial driving license, you must visit your local MVA branch and fulfill all the necessary steps and requirements.

For more information: Maryland Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
Maryland has no age cap to renew drivers license. However, those over 40 may be required to complete the process at a local branch. During your appointment, you must pass a vision screening and pay the correct renewal fee. You will also be required to take a new photo for your renewed drivers license. If you would like further clarification, contact the MVA at 1-410-768-7000. If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, call the toll-free number at 1-800-492-4575 instead.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Maryland

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
Keep your MD DMV car registration safely secured in the glove compartment of your vehicle. You will also want to place a copy of your registration either in your wallet or at home. In the event that you are pulled over by a police officer, it is important to have immediate access to your car registration documents. Make sure that your registration tag is unexpired and up to date.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maryland

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
Your drivers license replacementwill be sent to the residential address you have on file with the Maryland MVA. If you recently moved, you are required to submit two proofs of your new address when requesting a duplicate. Acceptable residency documents include the following:

  • Utility bill
  • Pay stub
  • Credit card bill
  • Financial statement from your bank
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Selective Service Card

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maryland Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
A senior resident can renew his or her Maryland drivers license just like other drivers who are requesting a renewal: online, at an MVA self-service kiosk or by mail. You may be asked to pass a vision test, or submit proof of your recent vision results conducted by a licensed specialist. For more information, visit the Senior Drivers page. You can also take a look at the Drivers License Renewal page to learn more about your renewal options.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Maryland

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
You may find yourself in a position to transfer your Maryland car title if any of the following applies to you:

  • You are moving to a new state.
  • You have received a vehicle as a gift.
  • You have received your vehicle from a deceased loved one who left it for you.
  • You are adding an owner to your vehicle.
  • You have satisfied a vehicle lien.
  • You have purchased your vehicle through a private party.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maryland

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Transportation may suspend your drivers license for a number of reasons, including but not limited to these listed below:

  • Failure to pay child support
  • Failure to maintain car insurance
  • Failure to appear in court
  • Excessive moving violations
  • Repeat offender violations
  • Accumulation of points on your driving record
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Deemed medically unfit and unstable to drive

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maryland

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
If you have never obtained a license before and are under 18, you will be required to complete the state s mandatory motorcycle safety course. If you are over 18, then you will be exceed from completing this program, though it is still highly encouraged that you do so.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maryland

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
The state of Maryland recognizes seven different types of commercial drivers license endorsements that include the following:

  • TPXS All commercial endorsements
  • P Passenger Transport
  • T Double/Triple Trailer
  • S School Bus Authorized
  • H Hazardous Materials
  • N Tank Vehicle

X For tank vehicles with hazardous materials

For more information: Maryland Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
It is against the law to drive with an MD suspended drivers license. You will face various consequences if you pay no regard to road rules in the state of Maryland. For example, your drivers license suspension may include high fines and fees, jail time, community service and a mandatory alcohol and drug program.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maryland

What are the different types of driving records?
The state of Maryland offers two types of driving records: non-certified and certified. A non-certified record costs $9 and a certified record is $12. Your driving record can contain information from the past three years or everything that is in the MVA database.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
The state of Maryland has the following fees for identification cards:

  • New ID Card for an individual younger than 18 – $15
  • New ID Card for an individual older than 18 – $24
  • Duplicate ID Card – $20

When applying for your ID card, you must also bring in documentation that shows proof of age, identity, Social Security Number (or ineligibility), legal status in the country and Maryland residency.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maryland Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
The fee to obtain a drivers license replacement is $20, regardless of your circumstance. However, this fee is subject to change without notice. The Maryland MVA accepts the following forms of payment: cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or a check. If submitting payment by check, it must be made payable to Motor Vehicle Administration.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maryland Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
The restrictions for beginner drivers in Maryland are as follows:

  • Individuals with a learners permit must drive with a licensed passenger who is 21 years old and in the front seat.
  • Individuals with a provisional license, who are younger than 18, can drive from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. without a licensed passenger. To drive between the hours of 12 a.m. to 5 a.m., you must be accompanied by a licensed person who is at least 21 and has three years of driving experience. You are only permitted to drive to and from work, school or any other approved activity during this time.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maryland

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
By federal law, you are required to submit a Medical Examiner s Certificate or DOT card, which certifies that you have undergone all proper physical and medical examinations. Additionally, if you currently have a valid CDL license you must also provide your recent medical documentation. You can update your medical information via fax or mail with the MVA.

A self-certification form is also required whenever you present a new DOT card. For complete details about all CDL medical and physical requirements, visit the Maryland MVA website.

For more information: Commercial Drivers License

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
There are a few reasons why you may find you need to replace car registration. They may include any of the following:

  • Your vehicle registration was damaged.
  • Your vehicle registration was stolen.
  • Your vehicle registration was lost.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maryland

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
Minors are more likely to have their drivers license suspended with a moving violation citation. If you are under the age of 18 and receive a citation, the cosigner of your vehicle will be notified by the MVA. In order to obtain a provisional license in Maryland, you must have a driving record free of any violations and convictions while holding your learners permit, therefore it is important to abide by all the road safety rules and traffic laws of the state.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Maryland

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
The state of Maryland has severe consequences and penalties in place for DUI offenses. Some of these may include the following:

  • Possible jail time
  • Possible community service/hours
  • Completion of alcohol awareness program
  • Reinstatement Fees

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maryland

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
The fee you must pay to reinstate revoked drivers licenses depends on the reason why your license was suspended to begin with. For example, a reinstatement fee for an alcohol-related conviction differs from other reinstatement fees. To find out your required amount, contact the Maryland MVA at 1-410-768-7000. If paying in person, acceptable forms of payment include the following:

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Cash
  • Check (made payable to Motor Vehicle Administration)

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maryland

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
Maryland car registration fees vary, depending on the weight of the vehicle. For example, passenger vehicles that weigh 3,700 lbs or less have a $135 registration fee. If you are registering a motorcycle, your fee drops down to $104. These numbers are subject to change without notice.

The state of Maryland also has a six percent excise title tax.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maryland

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
If you are in the process of requesting a car title replacement, you will be required to submit payment for a $20 fee. Only a money order or check is accepted when sending your request by mail. It must be made payable to the MD Motor Vehicle Administration.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maryland

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
The state of Maryland charges the following fees for duplicate vehicle registration:

  • Duplicate plates with stickers – $20
  • Duplicate sticker – $5
  • Moped Motor-Scooter Off-Road Vehicle Decal – $5
  • Duplicate Registration Card only – $5

If submitting payment by mail, only check or money order is accepted. It must be made payable to the Motor Vehicle Administration and include your driver s license number, your name and address and your daytime phone number.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maryland

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
Your Maryland car registration renewal fees depend on the type of vehicle you drive and its size. Some of these fees are outlined below:

  • Passenger vehicles up to 3,700 lbs. $135
  • Passenger vehicles more than 3,700 lbs. $187
  • Multi purpose vehicle up to 3,700 lbs. $135
  • Multi purpose vehicle more than 3,700 lbs. $187
  • Motorcycles $104
  • Limousine $404
  • Passenger vehicle operated for hire $334

Fees are subject to change without notice, therefore it is important to check with your local MVA about the current amounts.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maryland

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
If you operate a three-wheel motorcycle, the state of Maryland now offers drivers a Three-Wheel Basic Rider Course, which consists of seven hours of classroom instruction and training. To drive a three-wheel motorcycle, you must obtain a Class M motorcycle license and wear protective head gear, as well as eye gear. For more information about the Three-Wheel Course, contact the MVA Motorcycle Safety Program line at 1-443-572-8236.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maryland

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
Certain situations may allow an individual to apply for a hardship license as long as they meet a set criteria. A hardship license can be issued to individuals for work, school or alcohol treatment program purposes. In order to see if you qualify, contact the Maryland MVA about your particular case.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maryland

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
You will need to reschedule another driving test at a later date. To be best prepared, first schedule your appointment on the Maryland MVA website or by phone. When visiting an MVA branch for your drivers test, make sure to come with a vehicle that is in safe driving conditions and that has at least half a tank of gas. Before taking the test, you will be required to fill out and sign a Certification of Insurance And Authorization To Operate Vehicle form.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Pennsylvania

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
When applying for an MD driving permit, you need to present the following documentation:

  • Proof of age
  • Proof of Social Security Number (if applicable)
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of Maryland residency
  • Proof of legal status in the country

Keep in mind that non-US citizens who do not have valid Immigration Services or U.S. citizenship documentation to present, you can get a learner s permit by applying for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number through the IRS and filing Maryland Income taxes from the previous two years. For additional information, visit the Maryland MVA website.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maryland

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
When getting your MD motorcycle driving license, you may need to show the following documentation at your local MVA office:

  • Proof of name and age, such as your birth certificate
  • Proof of Maryland residency, such as a recent utility bill
  • Proof of legal presence in the country, such as a Certificate of Naturalization
  • Proof of Social Security Number, such as your Social Security Card

Find out more by contacting your nearby MVA branch.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maryland

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
To get your MD driving license, there is certain documentation that you will need to have with you. Show proof of the following:

  • Your identity, such as your United States passport or birth certificate
  • Your legal presence in the country, such as your green card or U.S. citizenship
  • Your Social Security Number, such as your W-2 form or Social Security Card
  • Two proof of residency in Maryland, such as a utility bill and bank statement

Effective since Jan. 2014, Maryland now allows immigrants to apply for a driver s license. If you do not have proper documentation from the Immigration Services, you should first apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number through the IRS, as well as Maryland Income Taxes from the past two years before getting your license. Find out more by contacting the MD MVA at 1-410-768-7000. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call the toll-free number at 1-800-492-4575.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Maryland

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
If requesting a Maryland duplicate car title in person, bring the following documents with you:

  • Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title
  • Your Maryland driver license
  • Your damaged car title (if you have)

If applying at a Self-Serve Kiosk, you can request to your drivers license mailed to a different address than the one the MVA has on file.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maryland

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
The Maryland MVA will accept various documents as proof of residency. When making your MD address change request in person, two of the following documents can be presented:

  • Lease agreement
  • Mortgage agreement
  • Utility bill
  • Pay stubs
  • Property tax bill or receipt
  • Business license
  • Credit card bill
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Selective Service Card
  • Residential Service Contract

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maryland

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
If you are not a United States citizen, you can present proof of your lawful status in the country with one of these documents:

  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Temporary I-551 stamp in a foreign passport
  • Employment Authorization card

If changing address in person, you will also need to bring your current drivers license with you and payment for any fee.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maryland

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
If replacing car registration in person or by mail, submit an Application for Substitute Plates/Stickers/Duplicate Registration. If you have a Maryland stolen car registration and you filed for a police report, make sure to bring that with you. You will also need to present your current drivers license to confirm that you are a Maryland resident.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maryland

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
If you have purchased your vehicle through a private seller or are new to Maryland, visit a MVA full service branch and have these documents ready for DMV car registration:

  • Original car title
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Bill of Sale signed by both seller and buyer (must be notarized if the car is less than 7 years old)
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement
  • Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate
  • Your current Maryland drivers license
  • Application for Certificate of Title

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Maryland

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
The documents you will need to submit depends on the method you choose for MD car registration renewal. Always have your current Maryland drivers license on hand, as well as your vehicle title. An MVA agent will ask you for this information in order to confirm your identity and locate you in their records. When renewing your car registration, you will also be required to pay any proper fees.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maryland

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
When renewing Maryland drivers licenses in person, you must have your current, expiring license with you, as well as payment for any appropriate fee. If you recently had a name change, you will also need to provide documentation that confirms this update. For example, acceptable documents include a marriage certificate, a divorce decree or another type of court order.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Maryland

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
If you are transferring a car title to your name at your local MVA branch, you will need to show up with the following documentation:

  • The original car title that was assigned to you
  • Bill of Sale (must be notarized if vehicle is less than seven years old)
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement
  • MD Safety Inspection Certificate
  • Application for Certificate of Title

At the time of your visit, you will also need to submit payment to transfer your car title.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maryland

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
If you are only eligible to replace drivers license at an MVA branch, the following documents must be presented:

  • Proof of identity
  • Your original drivers license (if it is damaged and in your possession)
  • Two proofs of residence if you recently moved
  • Your parent s signature

You will also need to make payment for the $20 duplicate fee (subject to change). If you are a driver under 18, a parent or legal guardian must be physically present as well during the time of your duplicate request.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maryland Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
In order to apply for a Maryland motorcycle driving license, you will need to pass the following types of exams:

  • A motorcycle safety course (mandatory for those under 18)
  • A drivers ed course
  • A written knowledge exam
  • A road skills motorcycle test
  • A vision screening

You can begin the process by visiting a local MVA branch with any necessary documentation and proper fees. It is advised that you call the branch ahead of time for answers to any pressing queries you have.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Maryland

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
In order to get an MD car title copy, you must complete an Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title. To save time, you can print this application online and complete it prior to your MVA visit. If you prefer to obtain a copy of the application in person, your local MVA branch will also be able to provide you one.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maryland

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
Commercial drivers who are issued a citation in the state of Maryland will have 30 days to notify their employer. If you have received a ticket as the result of a major violation, you may face a drivers license suspension. Your drivers license can be disqualified for up to 12 months. However, if you were issued a citation for a serious violation, such as speeding, your license may not be suspended but you will have points added to your driving record.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Maryland

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
If you are convicted of driving under the influence, your license to drive commercial will be suspended for a certain period of time. You will need to complete all the reinstatement requirements in order to have your driving privileges restored. Once you receive your CDL disqualification notice, you will have the option to do one of the following:

  • Request a hearing
  • Waive your right to a hearing and turn in your CDL license
  • Waive your right to a hearing and state that you no longer hold your CDL license

For additional information about what a suspended CDL entails, contact a nearby MVA branch.

For more information: Maryland Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
Your original vehicle title will be considered invalid if you have already requested a car title replacement. If you are uncertain about what you should do with your original, contact the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration at 1-410-768-7000. If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, call 1-301-729-4563 instead.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maryland

What information does a driving record contain?
Typically, a Maryland driving record contains the following information:

  • Your car insurance policy number
  • Your car insurance company
  • Your ZIP code
  • Your current driving status
  • Your Vehicle Identification Number
  • Information about accidents you have been involved in

If requesting your own MD DVMV driving record, it can also include personal information such as your name, residential address, Social Security Number, drivers license number and date of birth.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

What is an ID card?
An identification card is a government document that is issued to non-drivers. An MD DMV ID card serves a number of purposes, including confirming your identity in countless situations. For example, it allows you to enter a government building, establish a bank account, get on a plane and attend certain events.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maryland Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
Your Maryland DWI fees and fines will vary depending on the offense you have committed. For example, if this is your first driving under the influence offense, you will be charged a $1,000 fine. If it is your second offense, the cost increases to $2,000. If you have satisfied payment for your required fines, then contact the Maryland MVA Driver Wellness and Safety Division at 1-410-768-7000 to inquire about your reinstatement process.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maryland

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
The cost of traffic ticket will depend on the type of citation you received. Certain violations carry higher fines than others. For example, a speeding ticket will hold a heavier fine than a citation for an improper turn. Your citation will state the amount you are required to pay. If you need further clarification about your traffic ticket, contact the District Court of Maryland by phone at their toll-free number 1-800-492-2656.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Maryland

What is the cost to get a driver record?
The state of Maryland charges the following amounts for checking driving record:

  • Non-Certified Driving Record – $9
  • Certified Driving Record – $12

If making your request in person, bring your Maryland drivers license with you as proof of identity. You will also need to fill out a Request for Motor Vehicle Administrative Records in person.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
If you are a commercial driver in the state of Maryland who has been convicted of DWI for the first time, your drivers license will be suspended for a year. If you are a CDL driver who was carrying hazardous materials, then your license will be suspended for three years.

You are required to notify your employer of this suspension immediately. You will also be required to pay high fines and fees, in addition to retaking a number of tests after you have fulfilled your suspension period.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maryland

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
If you are a minor in the state of Maryland who is fighting DUI conviction for the first time, your drivers license will be suspended for six months if you are less than 21 years old. You will also have points added to your driving record and be required to pay fines. Before your license can be reinstated, you must fulfill the terms of your suspension period.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maryland

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
If you are a resident of Maryland, you will be required to maintain the following minimum insurance for car requirements:

  • $30,000 for bodily injury per person
  • $60,000 bodily injury for two or more people
  • $15,000 for property damage

When you are in the process of registering your vehicle or renewing your registration, you will need to provide your signature for an insurance certification. With this signature, you must hold the minimum insurance.

For more information: Maryland Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?
In order to pass the Maryland written drivers test, you must correctly answer 85 percent of the questions. The test consists of 25 questions. When taking your written knowledge exam, keep in mind that you will also be required to pass a vision screening exam. For more information, contact your local MVA office to learn more about how you can be well prepared.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maryland

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
The state of Maryland requires you to get car title for your motorcycle just as you would for a passenger vehicle. If you purchased your motorcycle at a dealership, they will handle this process for you. However, if it was acquired through a private seller, you need to make an in-person visit to your local MVA branch or tag and title office.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maryland

What languages is the written test available in?
The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration allows drivers to take the written drivers test in English only. However, if you need to take an oral test or a computer assisted audio test, you can consult with a MVA agent to do so. Keep in mind that you need to make an appointment for oral tests. Learn more by contacting the MCA Customer Service Center at 1-410-768-7000. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can reach them at 1-800-492-4575.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Pennsylvania

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
Your reinstatement requirements will depend on the type of offense you have committed, and if you were previously convicted of DUI. Typically, a DUI/DWI case requires you to complete the following:

  • Your suspension period
  • An Alcohol and Drug Abuse program
  • Possible jail time
  • Possible community service/hours
  • Payment of high fines and fees

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maryland

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
If you do not make an official address change with the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration, you will be faced with penalties and fines. Avoid these types of consequences and notify the MVA of your address change within 30 days of your move. The process can be completed online, in person, by phone, by mail or using an MVA Kiosk.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maryland

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
In the state of Maryland, it is against the law to operate a motor vehicle with an expired drivers license. If you fail to renew your drivers license prior to its expiration date, you will be required to retest after it has been expired for a year or more. Some of the tests you will need to take include a written knowledge test, a vision screening and a road skills test. In order to avoid these consequences, make sure to renew your drivers license as soon as you are eligible to do so.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Maryland

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
If you are registering your vehicle for the first time, you will be required to sign an insurance certification confirming your car insurance. The Maryland MVA does not accept other proofs of insurance, such as a car insurance card. Make sure to also have your current Maryland drivers license on hand when applying for vehicle registration.

For more information: Maryland Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
In the event that you have not received your registration documents, contact the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration at 1-410-768-7000 to inquire about its status. If you placed your renewal request online, you can also visit your local county treasurer s office with the payment receipt to avoid any further delays.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maryland

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
It takes roughly 15 business days to receive your drivers license by mail. If you have yet to receive your renewed drivers license, contact the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration at your earliest convenience. You can reach the MVA at 1-410-768-7000. If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, call their toll-free number at 1-800-492-4575 instead.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Maryland

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
To fulfill your drivers permit application process, you need to complete both a written knowledge exam and a vision screening. Both of these tests must be taken in person. Schedule an appointment ahead of time to avoid any delays when you arrive at your nearby MVA branch.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maryland

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
In order to get your Maryland commercial drivers license, you will need to take these exams:

  • A road skills drivers test
  • A written knowledge exam
  • Vision screening

At the time of your appointment, you will also be required to present certain documentation, including a Medical Examiner s Certificate, as well as payment for your standard CDL license.

For more information: Maryland Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
When applying for drivers license, you will need to take a vision exam. If you are an out-of-state driver who has recently moved to Maryland, you can apply for a standard driver s license if you have been licensed for 18 months or more.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Pennsylvania

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
The state of Maryland requires drivers to hold the minimum types of car insurance:

  • Bodily injury
  • Property damage

You must maintain the minimum vehicle insurance in order to avoid any penalties or fees.

For more information: Maryland Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
The Maryland MVA offers four different types of noncommercial licenses, including the following:

  • Driver Class A For any non-commercial vehicle
  • Driver Class B For any single or combination of non-commercial vehicles
  • Driver Class C For any non-commercial combination of motor vehicles with a GVW less than 26,0001 pounds
  • M For motorcycles

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Pennsylvania

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
It is imperative that you maintain the minimum vehicle insurance amounts in the state of Maryland. Failure to do so may result in the suspension of your drivers license, as well as high fines and other penalties. When registering your vehicle, bring proof of MD vehicle insurance with you to present at your local MVA office.

For more information: Maryland Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
In order to reinstate suspended drivers license, you will need to complete all the terms and regulations mentioned in your license suspension summary. Once you are able to meet the necessary requirements for reinstatement, call the MVA Driver Wellness and Safety Division at 1-410-768-7000. If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, you can call 1-301-729-4563 instead.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maryland

When does my car registration expire?
Most cars in Maryland have a valid registration for two years. You will be required to renew car registration before its expiration date. You can do so online, by phone, using an eMVA kiosk, with a title service agent, at a county treasurer s office or by mail.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maryland

When does my ID card expire?
The time in which your ID card stays valid depends on your age. For individuals who are 18 or older, your identification card has a validity period of eight years. Those who are younger than 18, your ID card will be good for five years.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maryland Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
The Maryland MVA allows residents to report an address changing within 30 days. During this time, you must update all your MVA-related records, including but not limited to your drivers license, your car title and your car registration. There are many ways you can request this change, such as online, in person, by phone, by mail or using an MVA Kiosk.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Maryland

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
A Bill of Sale should be turned in at your local MVA branch or tag and title office when you are purchasing a vehicle from a private seller. This form will contain specific information about your vehicle s description, as well as its current mileage and the price it was sold for. Include the following details on your Bill of Sale:

  • Vehicle s model
  • Vehicle s year
  • Vehicle s make
  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Your name, address and signature
  • Other party s name, address and signature

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Maryland

When will I need to renew my license?
You can start the process of renewing Maryland drivers license up to 60 days before it expires. If you are a noncommercial drivers license who is under 40, you will have the option to renew online, using a MVA Self-Serve Kiosk or by mail. Those under 40 will be unable to complete their drivers license renewal at a MVA branch.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Maryland

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
After taking the steps to replace DMV drivers licenses, you should allow 10 business days to receive it in the mail. If you have yet to receive your new license, contact the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration at 1-410-768-7000.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Maryland Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
In order to verify the current status of your Maryland drivers license, you will need to request a copy of your driving record. Your MD drivers license will include information pertaining to your driving history, as well as details about any offenses you have committed. When requesting your driving record, make sure to have your driver s license number on hand, along with your date of birth.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Maryland

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration allows drivers to get a car registration copy in person at a tag and title service office or at a local MVA branch. When making your request, you will need to gather certain documents, such as your MD drivers license and an Application for Substitute Plates/Stickers/Duplicate Registration. You will also be required to submit payment for the duplicate fee.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maryland

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
If you have been ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle by the Maryland District Court, the Medical Advisory Board or the MD Office of Administrative Hearings, then you will need to get in touch with an ignition interlock provider in the state. You can find a list of Maryland MVA authorized providers by visiting this page.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maryland

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
To find information pertaining to your traffic ticket online, visit the District Court of Maryland website. If you want specific information about your citation, review the MD Judiciary Case. Make sure to have your Maryland drivers license number available in case it is requested.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Maryland

Where can I get a new drivers license?
You can get a new Maryland drivers license by visiting your nearest MVA branch this is the only way new residents can apply for a new license. However, if you have a provisional license, it will automatically become a standard license once you have completed the provisional period. To schedule an appointment, you can easily locate a MVA branch in your area.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Pennsylvania

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
Before submitting your request by mail, fill out the Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title with information such as your name, address, vehicle description and signature at the bottom. You will also need to attach proper payment for the duplicate fee, in the amount of $20. Payment by mail can only be made via money order or check that is payable to the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Once you have gathered these aforementioned items, you can then send your Maryland duplicate car title request to:

Motor Vehicle Administration 6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E. Glen Burnie, Maryland 21062

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maryland

Where can I obtain an ID card?
To apply for ID cards, you will need to visit your local Maryland MVA branch and take the proper steps in person. During your visit, you will be required to present proof of the following:

  • Age and identity
  • Social Security Number (or ineligibility for a SSN)
  • Maryland residency
  • Legal status in the country

Non-US citizens who do not have an SSN can now apply for an ID card with acceptable foreign documentation. For more information, visit the Maryland MVA website.

For more information: How to Apply for a Maryland Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
Most vehicles in the state of Maryland must be insured, including but not limited to the following:

  • Passenger vehicles
  • Vans
  • Trucks
  • Limousines
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Motorcycles

If you are unsure whether or not your vehicle requires insurance, contact the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration at 1-410-768-7000.

For more information: Maryland Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
When completing the application process, you are required to have a parent or legal guardian provide consent and sign on your behalf. Make sure to also gather all of the proper documentation and payment for any necessary fees before visiting a local MVA office.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Maryland

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
If you were recently issued a traffic ticket, it may not yet be reflected on your Maryland drivers record. To learn more about your citation, contact the court of clerks in the county where your ticket was issued. If you need to reach out to the Maryland MVA instead, you can call them at 1-410-768-7000 or visit a branch in your neighborhood.

For more information: Your Maryland Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
Yes, drivers who are over the age of 40 are required to complete a vision screening exam when renewing drivers license in person. In order to pass and qualify for an unrestricted license, you must have a visual acuity of at least 20/40 in each eye, as well as a continuous field of vision of at least 140 degrees. Schedule an MVA branch appointment ahead of time to avoid long wait lines.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Maryland

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
By law, the state of Maryland is required to send out renewal notices 60 days before a drivers license expiration date. This renewal notice will indicate whether or not you are eligible to renew online, by mail or any other way. If you allow your drivers license to expire for a year or more, you will be required to fulfill a number of tests that a new driver would.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Maryland

Will I get any points on my record if I received a traffic ticket from another state?
Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
Depending on the citation you received, you may have points added to your driving record. For example, failure to stop at a red traffic light results in two points on your drivers record, whereas improper passing results in one point. You may seek the legal counsel of a traffic attorney if you are issued a ticket. You can also pay traffic fine by calling the District of District Court of Maryland by phone at their toll-free number 1-800-492-2656.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Maryland

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
Yes, the state of Maryland requires drivers convicted of driving under the influence to complete an Alcohol and Drug Abuse program. This course is known as the 12-Hour Alcohol Education Program (AEP). To sign up, contact an AEP provider and bring in your referral letter that was provided to you by the District Court judge or Administrative Law Judge in the Office of Administrative Hearings. You must take the proper steps to begin this program within 90 days of the date noted on your referral letter. Contact the Maryland MVA for more information.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Maryland

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
Yes, the state of Maryland requires drivers to complete an Application for Substitute Plates/Stickers/Duplicate Registration when requesting a car registration replacement in person or by mail. On the application, you will be asked to enter information such as your address, your drivers license number, your Vehicle Identification Number and the name of your insurance company. In order for it to deemed valid, you must provide your signature at the bottom.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Maryland

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
If replacing car titles at a local MVA branch, you will need to bring the following documentation with you:

  • Your valid Maryland drivers license
  • Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title
  • Your damaged car title (if in your possession)

For further proof of identity and vehicle ownership, you should also show your car insurance card. Additionally, be ready to make payment for the $20 duplicate fee.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Maryland

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
Yes, the state of Maryland sends out a renewal notice up to 60 days before your car registration s expiration date. Once you have received this notice, follow the proper instructions on the form. You will have the option to renew your registration by mail and send back the notice, or use other renewal methods.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maryland

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
Your car registration expires on the date noted on your registration document which could be on any day during the year. You can expect to receive a renewal notice in the mail 60 days before your registration expires. This renewal notice will explain your options and the instructions you must follow. If you decide to renew vehicle registration by mail, you will be required to submit your renewal notice, along with proper payment in the form of money order or check. Checks must be made payable to Motor Vehicle Administration.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Maryland