MD License plate guide. Custom or specialty plates and replacing lost or stolen license plates.
LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE PLATES
As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced.
In order to replace your plates you must:
- Visit your local MVA office.
- Present proper forms of ID.
- Hand in any remaining license plates.
- Fill in the Application for Substitute Plates/Stickers/Duplicate Registration Card.
- Pay the license plate replacement fees of $20.
You may also mail the application form along with a check or money order for the fee to:
Motor Vehicle Administration Registration Renewal Section 6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E. Glen Burnie, MD 21062
CUSTOM AND PERSONALIZED PLATES
These are some of the different types of plates in the regular series: Auto, Commercial, Trailer, Motorcycle, Permanent Trailer Identification, Disabled Person, Disabled Veteran, and Foreign Organization. Click here to see all the regular series plates offered in Maryland by vehicle type. Please fill out the Application for New Plates/Stickers & Transfer of Plates or Non-Title Trailers license plates. When you have completed the form, take it to your local MVA office and submit with the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates
Special Interest Plates fall into the following categories: Amateur Radio Operator, Military related, Organizational and Background Plates. The following is a list of some examples of special interest plates: Agriculture, Organizations, Firemen Association of Maryland, Historic Motor Vehicle, Korean Service Medal, Leadership Maryland, Maryland Press Club, Multipurpose and Street Rod. Click here to see all the special interest plates offered in Maryland by vehicle type and special interest including more details on availability, how to apply and the many different types of options. Click on these links to access applications forms for replacing the different types of special interest plates - Special Interest Plate, Military, and Commemorative Bay Plate. When you have completed the form, take it to your local MVA office and submit with the appropriate fees (see below).
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. For more information on these fees please follow the link for Military related, Amateur Radio Operator, Organizational and Background Scene Plates.
Note: For disabled drivers, please see disability plates application form and registration fee.
WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE
Under Maryland Law it is mandatory to retain license plates from a vehicle when selling. You may transfer them to another vehicle or surrender them at your local MVA location.